BUJUMBURA March 28th (ABP) – The first Lady of Burundi, Ms. Denise Nkurunziza, held on Tuesday March 27, 2018 at the Islamic Cultural Center of Bujumbura, a mobilization session for women of the Association of Burundi Muslim Women (AFEMUBU) on leadership, wisdom and reproductive health, a check by ABP revealed.
To that end, Ms. Nkurunziza called on all women, especially Muslim women, to be beautiful companions for their husbands.
During the meeting, the first Burundian lady, nicknamed “Maman Buntu” by the participants, accompanied by the Ministers in charge of Justice, Public Health and Education, as well as the Mayor of the Bujumbura City, was welcomed by the representative of the Islamic Community of Burundi (COMIBU), Sheikh Said Kajandi, and the AFEMUBU chairperson, Ms. Seth Rehema.
After thanking the Almighty for the opportunity that had never happened, Ms. Nkurunziza said that the purpose of her visit is to exchange with Muslim women, as she does with other communities on leadership, the wisdom and reproductive health, and especially the value and role of women in all sectors of the country’s life, starting with the basic institution that is the family. She relied on the word of God, meaning that the Lord has seen the need to create the woman to complete the man. The woman, she clarified, must always evaluate her quality and her role as a good companion for her husband. She also said that a wise woman must know that her value and role are paramount in the family. She must be strengthened by divine force, be patient and boldly engage in the education of children that currently seems to be deteriorated.
“Maman Buntu”, who reminded Muslim women of the need for dialogue with their little girls from a younger age, asked them to be beautiful examples for their children, meaning that wisdom always creates credibility and that generosity provides blessings.
Ms. Nkurunziza called on the entire Muslim community to deepen their education in order to be more competitive in the labor market and to join political parties, but also to participate massively in the contribution to the 2020 elections. She still reminded Muslim women that they are involved in the fight against the trafficking of girls abroad, the fight against pregnancies among school-going girls, the fight against AIDS and concubine behavior with a view to preserving women’s health which, she clarified, has a negative impact on family and community welfare, once weakened.
At the end of the session, the Muslim women, as a thank you for her visit, offered the first lady a heifer named “The Difference”.
Muslim women welcomed the visit, which they described as unforgettable because, they said, this is the first time that the wife of the President of the Republic of Burundi has visited the Muslim community. In their interventions, they spoke of some problems related to the conflict between the divine law and that of the State concerning the polygamy recorded among some Muslims, as well as the fate of the children of women rejected by the wedding regularization. In general, it has been agreed that divine law takes precedence over others. However, the Minister of Justice explained that State law supplements the divine one, putting it in order because, she explained, the divine law refers to love and order.