3 Burundi coup Generals arrested


Some of the army chiefs involved in the coup


Three army Generals and seven junior officers who plotted a military coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza have been arrested.

Troops loyal to Nkurunziza Friday morning combed Bujumbura and the outskirts picking coup plotters once by one.

Major General Godefroid Niyombare, the mastermind of the coup, is said to still be on the run while his three senior colleagues were netted and paraded before media.

Niyombare, a former intelligence chief, told news agency AFP via telephone that troops loyal to the president were approaching him, although it’s not clear what happened to him after that.

“We have decided to surrender,” Niyombare said.

“I hope they won’t kill us.”

Presidential spokesman, Gervais Abayeho, told Reuters that a policeman and two army generals, including former Defense Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye, had been taken into custody.

General Ndayirukiye, who is second in command to coup leader Niyombare, conceded earlier on Friday that the coup had failed.

“We were faced with an overpowering military determination to support the system in power,” he said just after Nkurunziza announced his return to Bujumbura.

“I recognise that our movement has failed” Gen Ndayirukiye added.


Coup plotters paraded before media


Nkurunziza had promised to forgive them if they surrendered.

The Wednesday coup failed after plotters failed to capture the RTNB national television and radio complex as well as take over the presidential palace and State House.

Unfortunately for Niyombare, a bigger section of the army is still loyal to Nkurunziza and even peace bodies including African Union, EAC, UN, among others all condemned the coup and called for a return to constitutional order.

There were fears that the coup could throw the country into  a civil war following one that ended in 2005.

Burundi media says currently, Nkurunziza is preparing to address the nation on the crisis as EAC looks for solutions.

The US yesterday said it still recognised Nkurunziza as the legitimate President of Burundi.

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