Uganda has finally opened up on the recent killings that have rocked the smallest East African nation following the forceful stay in office by President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Hon. Shem Bagaine, the Minister of State for East African Affairs tackled the Burundi question on Tuesday while addressing media on the upcoming EAC manufacturing and Business summit.
Bageine dismissed the idea that there was political tension in Uganda.
“Please don’t talk about tension in Uganda, there is no tension in Uganda,” he said when confronted by press.
He, however, agreed that there was a setback in Burundi following the assassination of Nkurunziza’s chief of staff and head of intelligence service, Gen Adolphe Nshimirimana.
“Yes we have a hiccup in Burundi,” Bageine said.
He said it was a result of “people who don’t want to be civil, they want to be violent”.
“I can assure you the situation in Burundi will normalise,” he said.
Burundi24 news agency writes says there was shock in the capital Bujumbura after the Sunday announcement on national radio (RTNB) that Adolphe had been killed in a rocket attack.
The agency says Adolphe was an embedment of “all the evils of the republic for almost ten years”.
How it started
Every Saturday night, the generals, not to mention members of the military oligarchy, who run Burundi meet at the presidential palace around President Nkurunziza and discuss the strategies needed to retain power.
The discussion, according to our sources close to the presidency, is part of a preparation of a military coup in order to perpetuate power.
On this particular Saturday, some army chiefs proposed that the eldest son of the president takes power.
General Nshimirimana found this stupid and arousing an argument.
The humiliated Gen Ndakugarika took out his gun to threaten Nshimirimana so he could endorse his plan.
Another source claims that it was not an accident and that the general had indeed been murdered on Nkurunziza’s orders after the dispute.
The source alleges that the presidential guard who commandeered Ngagara military camp in Kamenge shot dead the general in this location to accuse the Tutsi army.
Ngagara military camp is located in North Bujumbura.
Adolphe’s bodyguards did not know he was dead because their palace guards said he was drunk as usual and he fell asleep, before they were executed too.
The RFI and AFP correspondent, Esdras Ndikumana, who arrived on scene first was arrested and taken to the national documentation where he underwent severe torture.
The executioners wanted to know who gave him the information.
The journalist was later put in intensive care at the hospital CMCK, according to Burundi24.
Lt. Col. Ndenzako, commander of Ngagara military camp was also disarmed and kidnapped after the assassination.
He was supposedly arrested by military agents and whisked off to an unknown destination.
Col Ndenzako later returned to his unit with bruises to his head, a sign that he had been badly beaten.