BUJUMBURA / BUBANZA / GITEGA September 17th (ABP) – People from the provinces Bujumbura (west), Bubanza (north-west) and Gitega (center) participated, in Mubimbi, Bubanza and Gitega on Saturday September 15, in a march-demonstration against the recent report of the UN commission of inquiry into human rights violations in Burundi.
In Mubimbi commune, placards in hand and under a rhythm of songs, people walked from the office of the Mageyo zone to the Gasozo stadium.
In their slogans, one could hear “we support the President of the Republic of Burundi and other elected institutions; we denounce those who write false reports on human rights in Burundi” and “bye bye settlers”. And on the placards, one could read “we denounce the three members of the commission of inquiry on human rights in Burundi”, “we criticize some Burundians and foreigners who have become traitors of the colonists”. As for the speech that was delivered in all the other communes of the country, in Bubanza commune, it was delivered by the provincial representative of the civil society association “ONELOP Burundi”, Mr. Kadafi Nizigiyimana. Note that the demonstration-march was preceded by community development works that consisted of the rehabilitation of one of the tracks of the Bubanza province’s headquarters and were attended by the executives from Bubanza commune and the heads of provincial services.In Bubanza commune, local residents, foliage and placards in hand, organized a march-demonstration of about one kilometer to denounce the report of the United Nations commission that investigated on human rights in Burundi, a check by ABP revealed.
In Gitega, people of the commune and province made a march-demonstration to reject the recent report of UN experts on the human rights situation in Burundi. At the head of the line were the provincial governor, the provincial secretary of the ruling party and the parliamentarians elected in Gitega. The march that began at the modern stadium of Gitega ended at the former Gitega car park where an ordinary citizen read the occasional speech. The latter was centered on the thanks to the Foreign Minister who took the lead to deny the content of that report and to deem the authors of persona non grata in Burundi. Such gratitude was also sent to the Burundian parliament for joining the Minister of human rights to reject the report and criticize its authors. “They acted in the will of the former colonizers of Burundi and Burundian citizens won over to their cause,” said the reader of the speech, asking the new chairman of the UN Commission on Human Rights to visit Burundi to realize personally the reality on the spot. He thanked Burundians for the safeguarding of peace and security and asked them to move forward. Before the march, demonstrators had carried out community development works at Gitega modern stadium, alongside members of Burundi’s upper house of parliament, including its president, Mr. Révérien Ndikuriyo. The latter pledged a donation of one hundred bags of cement, which will be used to advance the activities of the construction site of the stadium bleachers. He announced that in the nearly, the Senate will open its offices in the provincial headquarter of Gitega, to boost the process of making it truly the political and administrative capital of the country.