Nkurunziza says he is back home


Nkurunziza says he is back


Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, says that he has returned back home and is in the country this very moment.

He has just tweeted saying, “I am in (the) Burundi.”

He congratulated the army and the police for their patriotism.

“I commend especially the Burundi for their patience.”

In an earlier message, he had asked all Burundians to “keep the calm face of deception”.

“The situation is under control and the constitutional order saved,” he said.

In transmitted radio broadcast, Nkurunziza said he would forgive all coup plotters if they surrounded.

Army General and former intelligence chief, Godefroid Niyombare, yesterday announced that he had overthrown Nkurunziza while the President attended the EAC Summit on Burundi in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam.

Salvator Rweyemamu, spokesperson for the Tanzanian president, also said Nkurunziza flew out of Tanzania.

Nkurunziza’s spokesman, Will Nyamitwe, told BBC that the president was “safe and sound” without disclosing his actual location.

Army Chief of Staff said coup supporters were hiding near the Muha military base in the capital, Bujumbura but that the army would smoke them out first thing tomorrow.

At Burundi’s state broadcaster RTBN, loyalists soldiers claim to have gained control after the heavy fighting with enemy forces.

They even paraded 10 alleged coup supporters to media claiming they had surrendered.

About 10 soldiers are reported to have been killed in rapid gunfire that gripped the capital today.

US State Department spokesman, Jeff Rathke, said they still recognise Nkurunziza as the President of Burundi.

Meanwhile, African Union Peace and Security Council sat today at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss the Burundi question.

A session chaired by Amb. Amina Diallo of Niger at the507th meeting of AUPSC has resolved to deploy human rights observers to Burundi.

The council appealed to all stakeholders to resolve crisis in interest of Burundi people.

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