Obama rejects Nkurunziza win as Burundi watchdog flees  


Mohamed Rukara, the Burundian Ombudsman

Ombudsman Burundi, Mohamed Rukara, fled the country on Friday afternoon for a destination unknown, according to APA.

The Ombudsman of Burundi, an influential member of the ruling CNDD-FDD recently denounced the violation of the Constitution and the Arusha Accords for peace and reconciliation by President Nkurunziza.

He also warned the international community against the threat of collapse of the ethnic balance enshrined in the Arusha Accords, which had brought peace to the country.

The Ombudsman did not ignore corruption that plagues the government.

In 2012, Rukara uncovered a plot to kill him by those who steal public, his spokesperson, Jerome Ndiho, said.

As an independent watchdog, Mr Rukara investigates alleged violations by state officials, including corruption and “targeted killings”.

Local groups say the Burundi government shields corrupt people and has failed to tackle political violence which were prevalent during election campaigns, according to EAC Election Observer Mission’s report.

US rejects Burundi election results

Speaking in Kenya yesterday, US president, Barack Obama, dismissed Burundi elections which Nkurunziza won with 69% as unfair and not free.


Obama speaking in Kenya

“We discussed Burundi where recent elections were not credible,” Obama said.

In an earlier statement, John Kerry, Secretary of State Washington, DC said Friday’s announcement of Burundi’s presidential electoral results was the culmination of a deeply flawed electoral process marked by violence and a disregard for the civil and human rights of the citizens of Burundi.

“The United States is deeply disappointed by President Nkurunziza’s violation of the Arusha Agreement and use of undemocratic means to maintain power through an electoral process that was neither credible nor legitimate,” read a statement from the State Department.

“It is imperative that the Government of Burundi re-engage in a meaningful, serious dialogue with opposition and civil society leaders to reach a consensus on the way forward for Burundi to regain the trust and confidence of its citizens and the international community, and prevent even greater instability, refugee flows, and violence.”

The EAC Election Observer Mission compiled a report showing election violence, unfairness and concluded that the elections were not credible, not transparent and not peaceful as per the standards.

The African Union, European Union, Belgium, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, etc have all dismissed the elections results.

Agathon Rwasa, Burundi’s leading opposition figure, told BBC he rejects presidential poll results.

He wants a government of national unity that will prepare for more credible elections.

Talking to Iwacu News, Rwasa wondered why the government wants to get involved always violence?

“The CNDD-FDD wants to retain power tenaciously. Much better for him to get rid of anyone who can interfere. The egocentrism and narcissism outraged push him to keep us in a climate of terror, intolerance, mistrust, etc.”

He said there was a certain plan to castigate the electoral masquerade of June 29 but the government wants to force people either to accept the fait accompli or to join the ranks of CNDD-FDD.

“The CNDD-FDD power must evolve because its management of public affairs since 2005 has been characterized by extrajudicial executions. We are in what kind of democracy? What is the identity of the victims of these arrests?”

With all the imprisonment and assassinations, Rwasa argued, Nkurunziza must face the facts that “he cannot kill us all”.

He said the frustrations that power creates all may be fatal for the future of this country.


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