‪Gunfire in Burundi capital after military coup


Gen Niyombare announcing coup on state radio


Gunfire was reported last evening in the Burundi capital Bujumbura after the army led by Gen Godefroid Niyombare announced the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Fighting resumed in the morning as Nkurunziza loyalists and‪ private militia, ‎Imbonerakure engaged the army that is fighting on the side of protesters.

Also last night, the Bujumbura-based privately-owned independent TV channel was attacked and burned down.

This followed the burning down of Rema FM associated with the ruling party Cndd-Fdd.

Fighting this morning lasted for 30 minutes and concentrated in the CBD and the RNTB-the State Broadcaster.

Nkurunkiza loyalists are reportedly holed up at 3 places: the presidential palace, national broadcaster and one of the military barracks in the capital.

Army divided

The military is divided between those supporting Nkurunziza and those backing the coup, a senior military official told Associated Press.

The two sides of the military were holding negotiations Wednesday night to determine the way forward, he said.

The attempted coup took place while Nkurunziza was in neighboring Tanzania for a summit on his country’s troubles.

An army general announced on a private radio station that the president had been relieved of his duties.

The Presidency later in the evening issued a statement claiming the coup had failed and was a mere fantasy.

Yet, after leaving the Tanzanian summit, Nkurunziza did not return to Bujumbura but is said to still be holed up in Dar es Salaam.

All ministers have been suspended while permanent secretaries now run the state.

Generals back Niyombare

Generals leading the coup are Gen. Niyombare, ex-FDD and Gen. Ndayirukiye, ex-FAB; former Defence Minister.

Other known generals behind Gen. Niyombare are Ntigurirwa, Ngowenubusa, Ntiranyibagira, Ndayirukiye, Nimenya.

Burundi General Godefroid Niyombare, who announced the overthrow of the president Wednesday, is a Hutu like Nkurunziza, making it harder for him to roll back the military take over because it preserves the ethnic equation crafted in Arusha, reports the guardian.

An ex-chief of staff of the army, former head of intelligence, and one-time ambassador to Kenya, Niyombare has a reputation for professionalism and integrity, and is respected among rank and file soldiers.

During the civil war, Niyombare fought alongside Nkurunziza, and since then, Niyombare has risen through the ranks becoming deputy head of the army and then chief of staff.

In December 2014 he was appointed head of intelligence, but was sacked in February after signing a letter urging Nkurunziza not to run for a third term.


Niyombare Forces and the Populations are now heading to the presidential palace, according to EAC tweet.

Meanwhile, EAC tweet says army Gen Adolphe Shimirimana and Alain Guillaume Bunyonyi have been arrested.

Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term as president sparked street protests in the capital in which 15 people have been killed and over 50,000 displaced.

Protesters accuse Nkurunziza of violating the Constitution and Arusha peace accords that ended the long civil war.

EAC Summit yesterday resolved to postpone June elections until the political instability has been resolved.

UN Security Council meets over Burundi

The UN Security Council on Thursday will hold urgent consultations on Burundi .

France called for the meeting which will be held immediately after talks on Iraq, the Lithuanian presidency of the council said.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier made an urgent appeal for calm and restraint in Burundi.

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