Burundi Tutsi army chief flees to exile


Major Clément Hamenyimana before he was arrested

A top soldier in the Burundi army has fled the country due to severe harassment and beatings by President Pierre Nkurunziza guards.

Major Clément Hamenyimana aka “Kirima” was arrested by the presidential guards last month and severely beaten.

According to SOS Média Burundi, Hamenyimana  was picked from his home located in the district of Shatanya in Gitega, tied up in front of his family before being boarded by six police officers and then rushed to a destination unknown.

According to his wife, the police officers who came to arrest the soldier, had no arrest warrant.

The Major Hamenyimana (32nd promotion of ISCAM) was second in command of the 221th Battalion of Ruyigi in Karonda  area Rutovu commune in Bururi province in the south of the country.

According to the latest information, Major Hamenyimana [of Tutsi origin] was later freed at the close of August after a high-ranking officer intervened.


Major Clément Hamenyimana being arrested by President Nkurunziza’s guard

He is now reported to had fled the country on Saturday into exile.

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