Burundi police has Wednesday arrested an opposition candidate, Audifax Ndabitoreye, in front of East African Foreign Affairs ministers.
Ndabitoreye is accused of plotting insurrection (rebellion) against seating government of Pierre Nkurunziza.
Ndabitoreye was attending a meeting with EAC foreign ministers who were dispatched by Tanzania President, Jakaya Kikwete, also chairman of EAC, to study Burundi’s political instability and report back to him.
The ministers are expected to meet Nkurunziza and later meet opposition politicians before concluding their report.
According to eyewitnesses, EAC ministers had gathered at Le Panoramique Hotel in the capital Bujumbura to commence their discussions.
As EAC ministers were about to meet political representatives, two men dressed in civilian attire walked in and tried to arrest Ndabitoreye.
The alert opposition leader made noise pointing at the intruders saying they were going to “to arrest and kill” him.
The drama ensued.
People around, say witnesses, started screaming giving Ndabitoreye a chance to join the meeting.
He stayed holed up in the hotel but the two men kept their watch.
After the meeting, everyone came out.
Police then arrested Ndabitoreye in front of media and whisked him away.