Opinion: Imbonerakura will be significant in the run-up to 2020
At this point of time, the CNDD-FDD and President Pierre Nkurunziza will defeat anyone that oppose as a threat to his hegemony. At this point and time, the youth-league, the para-military fraction of CNDD-FDD, the Imbonerakura will use violence and intimidation to seal the deal for the party.
This is known, and there is steady reports of usage of machetes, arbitrary arrests and kidnappings of the opposition. The Imbonerakura together with the authorities is doing this. There are released picture of the deceased, the hurt and the ones that has been violated by them.
That will continue, as the FNL, CNL and Ex-FAB will get into trouble by these people, who are working hard to show loyalty and patriotic means to the state. Their patriotism is proven in violence, not only in words, but in actions.
This here is a worrying sign, something that has continued since the Elections of 2015. A state of fear and intimidation, where people vanish and disappear. Where people are suddenly gone and not heard from. That is the reality we’re in.
This will not change, as much as the “donations to the Elections 2020” will continue too. That is what this government do, and it uses the Imbonerakura to silence the opposition. The paramilitary youth-wing is used to make people stop. That is their mission and therefore, the CNDD-FDD accepts that it does to their opposition.
Nkurunziza is living well on the fate of many people, as he is the guiding star and big-man, that everyone is supposed to follow. That is just the way it is in Burundi.
The Imbonerakura is just a manifestation of his drive to stay in power. Peace.