Rwanda has asked Burundi president, Pierre Nkurunziza, to accept and deal with the consequences that came with his decision to forcefully hand himself a third term in office.
The remarks were made by the Rwanda Minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo, Thursday while addressing press.
Mushikiwabo also serves as the Government Spokesperson for the Government of Rwanda said her country was not ignoring Burundi.
“It’s not that we’ve kept quiet, we want them (Burundians) to solve their own problems and after we shall talk about our relations,” she said.
Mushikiwabo said Rwanda always want to have commendable bilateral ties with our neighbours saying when Burundi gets problems, refugees are accepted in Rwanda.
She said Burundi’s situation is a complex issue.
“As Rwanda, our position is to let them deal with their problems first.”
The minister said Burundians and Rwandans have always been close and it’s natural that when in trouble, Burundians seek refuge in Rwanda.
“Burundi’s problem is not Rwanda. When leaders take decisions, they should be able to live with the consequences.”
She asked the Burundi government to be more willing to leave peacefully with its neighbours.
“We are not insensitive to the lives of Burundians. We just don’t have the mandate. Rwanda has done all it could do.”
She said the priority is for the leadership in Burundi to bring the country back on track saying the situation was temporary.
“The EAC and the rest of the world have not been able to effectively manage the Burundian situation.”
She added: “Hopefully, with the alarm of Burundi situation not improving quickly, we hope to get back together for a peaceful solution.”
Burundi as always accused Rwanda of fuelling internal conflicts to challenge Nkurunziza’s leadership.