Burundi’s president implements disputed new constitution

Bujumbura- On Thursday President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi on Thursday enacted a new constitution adopted by a referendum, despite opposition concern that the charter will enable him to keep his grip on power until 2034.

On their official presidential account on Twitter they announced in the morning, “History is being written in the centre of the country at Gitega, the head of state Pierre Nkurunziza has just put his signature to the new constitution of Burundi,”

The constitution approved the changes on May 17 after a the majority of the voters roll to allow a leader to lead the country in the presidential office two more seven-year terms from 2020.

Nkurunziza a former rebel leader first came to power in 2005 after a bloody civil war between ethnic Tutsis and Hutus.

His aides announced on Thursday that the president was schedule to go to Bugendana in Gitega province to present the new constitution “to the Burundian people.” His presence who said his a born-again Christian and a Hutu, his visit in Bugendana where 600 Tutsis minority were massacred at a displaced persons’.

His visit for some caused a stir, an unnamed source said, ” Bugendana is located very precisely at the centre of Burundi and it is the native commune of one of this country’s greatest kings, Mwezi IV Gisabo, who fought for national sovereignty.”

“This has nothing to do with the civil war,” the source maintained.

Many opponents to the president let their frustration known on social media and denounced Nkurunziza’s choice of Bugendana.

Photo Credit- The Guardian Nigeria

 

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