A large crowd from different parts of Burundi carried out on Saturday, December 8, 2018 a demonstration march, for supporting Burundian justice in the case of the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye.
Along with their banners in demonstration, the demonstrators also have been seen venting their anger against the African Union President, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who is being accused of supporting the assassinations of the democracy hello in Burundi, Ndadaye Melchior.
In the North Western part of Burundi, in Cibitoki province, provincial Governor Joseph Iteriteka thanked the participants who were present during the demonstrations to express their political opinion before reading the message of the day given by the government. He welcomed the Government’s position and its approach to addressing Burundian matters.
In Bubanza province (north-west), a march protest against remarks by Moussa Faki Mahamat of the African Union on the case of the accused of murdering President Melchior Ndadaye and his close collaborators also took place on the same Saturday.
A large crowd, with foliage in hand, walked about three kilometers. Among slogans, one could hear that “those who murdered President Melchior Ndadaye and his close collaborators are arrested and punished in accordance with the law (Abagandaguye umukuru w’igihugu Melchior Ndadaye nibafatwe bahanwe) “.
The demonstrators chanted other slogans like: ” We denounce foreign forces because they are Colonizers (Turiyamirije inteko mva makungu kuko ari aba koloni) “,” Genocide is no longer possible(Ihonyabwoko ntirigishoka) “,” we condemn those who interfere in the affairs of our country
(Turiyamirije abivanga mu vy’igihugu cacu) “,” putschists have no place in Burundi(Abaciyumvira gutembagaza inzego, teshwe mute) “, etc.
At the march were parliamentarians elected in the constituency of Bubanza, officials and executives from Bubanza province.
How it all started.
Burundi government issued international warrants for 17 persons, including the former Burundian president from the Tutsi ethnic group Buyoya Pierre, accused of planning and orchestrating the assassination of Ndadaye Melchior, a case which is brought up 25 years after his assassination.
But, the African Union President, Moussa Faki Mahamat, did not hesitate to argue against the Burundian plan to summon before Burundian Justice the accused including Buyoya Pierre, stating that ‘this decision of Burundi would undermine the progress that was already underway towards peace and sustainable development in Burundi’.
Bujumbura reacts angrily to the AU President.
After the African Statement on the Ndadaye case, it drew the condemnation from the Burundi government as the MPs rejected the words of Moussa Faki Mahamat as ‘mere interference in internal affairs of Burundi’.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Burundi government may be said to be at loggerheads with the African Union on the Ndadaye case and also at loggerheads with the East African community over frequent clashes between Burundi and Rwanda
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