Nkurunziza arrives in Bujumbura to address nation


Ruling party supporters welcoming the President back to the capital


Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, has arrived at the presidential palace in the capital Bujumbura.

He earlier visited his home town Ngozi and was welcomed by cheering crowds.

AFP news agency reported that Nkurunziza was seen in Ngozi driving around in an open-top car.

Ngozi town is 140 km (86 mi) north of the capital Bujumbura.

He arrived in Ngozi on Thursday and was expected to address the nation about the failed coup against him.

Some of the generals behind the coup that found Nkurunziza in Tanzania are already in custody after they acknowledged that their coup failed.

Among those arrested are police officers who were picked up at the house of Police Commissioner Nimenya.

Burundi president’s spokesperson, Gervais Abayeho, told the BBC Africa Live page that the failed coup leader, Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare, is still on the run.


Nkurunziza arriving at the presidential palace Friday afternoon


The state radio has announced that Nkurunziza had left Ngozi and for Bujumbura where he will address the nation on national radio and TV.

Protesters return to the streets

Meanwhile, civil society has called upon protesters to return to the streets and continue their three weeks demonstrations.

Some protesters gathered in Musaga district and erected new roadblocks.

Police is reportedly firing at them in abid to disperse them.

Musaga is an opposition stronghold.

Protesters hope to block the President’s third term bid.

Meanwhile, the ruling party supporters are gathering to greet President Nkurunziza who is expected in the capital anytime.

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