This is the sort of thing that haunts a person. Especially someone who used all means to get to power. Sooner or later, the sins of the past will come to haunt you. The deceased person who you thought was long forgotten. The legacy of the ones before you will be answered eventually. Apparently, the crimes of 21st October 1993 is now being answered.
As former President Pierre Buyoya of Burundi is now charged to 18 years in prison. That is happening, while his the African Union High Representative to Mali and Sahel. This is really a critical stage, as he has had warrants and court cases in Burundi. However, now his officially charged for the murder and assassination of Former President Melchior Ndadaye on that day in 1993.
There was reports that army chief of staff Jean Bikomagu took President Ndadaye to a army base. Where he let two soldiers put a cord around his neck and stabbed him to death. This was deliberate act of murder. As soldiers was ordered to kill the previous toppled President. A vicious act from the new leadership under Buyoya.
President Buyoya later did sack Bikomagu, but then the act was already done. He was involved in the assassination of Ndadaye, the first elected President of Burundi. While he used the military and the armed forces to get power in the Republic. Therefore, the charges and the life sentence is only reasonable, as the man needs to answer for his crimes. Together with another 18 persons as well. Who was all committed to do this.
It is that simple, a tragedy that needs to be addressed. I don’t expect Buyoya to return and actually serve the time. As his safe in exile and has a title. He can return to Addis Ababa or elsewhere. Where his welcomed and is respected, but this is the same man that called an election in 1993 and lost massively. Therefore, he needed months after the loss a coup d’etat and assassinate the victor. So he could cling onto power.
That is the sort of fella Buyoya is and that shouldn’t be forgotten. So, Ndadaye won in end of June 1993 and sworn in July. Killed three months later, by the loser who couldn’t manage seeing another man on top.
This is the sad reality. A wound that need to be patched up and Buyoya needs to answer for this. That is the right thing, but I doubt he ever will. Surely, he will find a safe haven somewhere with help of his allies within the African Union. That would most likely happen after his term in the AU.
Not that he would be transferred or deported to Burundi. There would be somewhere and someone wanting to have the former dictator in exile. That always happens, especially, if another dictator have sympathy and want to ensure his safety. Because, they are worried that one day the Courts will go after them. Peace.
The recent days the militants of the militia Red Tabara has caused headlines as they have crossed the borders of Burundi into Rwandan territory. Speculations into who supports them and such. Has been lasting long.
However, this week its clear, that Red Tabara is not at home in either of the Republics. As Red Tabara first fought Burundian Army in the Municipality of Kabarore in Kayanza Province and in Bukinanyana in Cibitoke Province on the 26th ad 27th September.
While the same fighters crossed from the skirmishes in Burundi into Rwanda. Where the Rwandan Defence Forces was ready to apprehend them.
As they stated in their Press Release: “On 29 September 2020, nineteen (19) Burundian combatants who identified themselves as members of Red Tabara armed group crossed from Burundi to Rwandan territory. The combatants, armed with guns, were apprehended in Nyungwe Forest, Ruheru Sector of Nyaruguru District where they are being held” (REF:RDF/MPR/A/07/10/20).
This means the militants isn’t home at either places. The CNDD-FDD calls Red Tabara a gang of “bandits” in their Communique de Presse on the 2nd October 2020.
What we are seeing is movement and actions made by the Red Tabara. They fought in Burundi, but got caught in Rwanda. A UN Report from 2019 stated that the militia has about 500 – 750 combatants. Therefore, the capture of 20 in Rwanda is a minor loss for the militia. They also have all their military training and recruitment in the high plains of Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We can wonder what sort of aftermath this has. Clearly, the Burundian government is against this group and the Rwandan authorities have intercepted them. The Red Tabara works against the CNDD-FDD government and not against the RPF. Therefore, the ones wanting this behind bars are in Bujumbura or in Gitega and not in Kigali.
So, we have to see how this one plays out. If there will be more or if the Red Tabara will cross the borders of the DRC into Burundi again. Before fleeing after yet another attempt to weaken the armed forces of Burundi. Peace.