Burundi Presidential press chief Willy Nyamitwe has fired shots at Rwanda President Paul Kagame for meddling in his country’s affairs.
“Paul Kagame, you cannot say that Burundi should mind its own business while at the same time you’re meddling,” Nyamitwe said in a tweet on Sunday.
Nyamitwe’s statements come on heels of accusations that Rwanda has been training Burundian refugees to topple Nkurunziza’s government.
This was contained in a report compiled by the United Nations, which Rwanda dismissed as a fabrication.
UN Security Council Resolution 2279 in its operational paragraph (8) urges to refrain from supporting armed groups and recruiting refugees, Nywamitwe cited.
He that as for harbouring Rwanda rebels [FDLR], International Conference on the Great Lakes Region [ICGLR] experts visited Burundi and found no evidence.
“Again all of this is to dehumanize our people,” the presidential aide pointed out.
He said contrary to Rwanda, Burundi has institutions that are ethnically mixed and their ideology is to uplift the lives of the people.
“If only Dear President [Kagame] you would stop arming individuals with no political base, Burundi and entire region would be at peace.”
He added: “We want good neighbourly relations but they must be based on mutual respect. Burundi and Rwanda are sovereign countries.”
These comments also come at a time Burundi officials are accused of threatening the family of the later former Rwandan Ambassador Jacques Bihozagara and refusing to release his body.
Reports indicate that Bihozagara’s son in-law, Robert Viviand, has been forced to sign a statement clarifying that Bihozagara died of natural causes and exonerate Burundi government of assassination claims.
Bihozagara was arrested in December 2015 and died this week in a Bujumbura prison.
Viviand received death threats after refusing to sign the document provided by Burundi Presidency officials, before the body of father-in-law could be repatriated to Rwanda for burial.
He has also been denied the right to see the body after death.