Burundi: Nkurunziza is retiring as the Supreme Leader of Patriotism
““The Supreme Leader is dead.”
“Long live the Supreme Leader.”” – Kylo Ren and Armitage Hux (Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, 2017)
The National Assembly today voted for a bill, which the President Pierre Nkurunziza become the Supreme Leader of Patriotism. The bill also makes him the headliner- or the chair at the 1st July or National Day every single year.
Therefore, the state is making a law that is to benefit Nkurunziza. Surely, what the National Assembly was not saying the pay-off and the possible perks with the position of Supreme Guide of Patriotism. It is not like the President going to go away for free or not be paid. The reports earlier in the year was $550,000 USD and the same benefits like the Vice-President for life.
Supreme Guide is French for Supreme Leader. Whose now the Republic’s mentor or guide, the man whose the paramount- or the ultimate leader of the Republic, apparently. His the man who has the highest regard, the man who has the mind and spirit to guide the nation. Even when his not in the highest office, but is retired as such.
The others who is titled like this is the Supreme Leader of North Korea and Iran. Also, the Supreme Leader of the First Order in Star Wars. Therefore, this title isn’t known for its gentle leadership. Nevertheless, it makes it weirder that his stepping down with this title.
Usually, the men (yes, the men) with these titles are in it for life. They are Supreme Leaders to their final breath. They are not stepping down, retiring looking at the geese and eating the gander. No, they are hanging in the chambers of power. They are making power moves and ensuring that other people who are in their way stop breathing.
That is why the title today and the votes of 91 for Nkurunziza to become the Supreme Leader is weird. As well, as the supposed rumoured pay-off for his retirement. Because, it is all a bit high regarding for someone stepping down. His already been called the “eternal leader” or the imboneza yamaho. So, it is not like he haven’t gotten the glory for his existence already.
The Supreme Leader of Burundi is living in Gitega, the moved capital and the man who changed the constitution to let him run again. The man who rebelled, used military force, killed off plenty of his opponents and nearly made all opposition extinct. Is now bowing off as the Supreme Leader of Patriotism.
This must be seen as a stepping stone for the Supreme Leader of Burundi. As he will surely take the reigns again. The man being the Presidential Candidate in 2020 and for the next term for the CNDD-FDD. Will only be his loyal water-boy and his “Dmitrij Medvedev”, who get’s his term and then back-down for the “Vladimir Putin” to return. However, that is only speculations of the shady closed-doors agreements made between the gentlemen, but don’t be shocked if it happens. The Supreme Leader isn’t advanced age yet.
If not, we can always discuss if Kylo Ren took over for Snoke as the Supreme Leader of the First Order in Star Wars. Peace.