Well, this is apparently happening, as of today. There been released a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs directed to the World Health Organization offices in Brazzaville, in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). Where one of the experts came from, this being Dr. Walter Kazindi Mulumbo.
The are three more experts and doctors who was banished or “person non grata” from its territory. These are Dr. Daniel Tarzy, Dr. Ruhana Mirindi Bisimbwa, and Dr. Jean Pierre Mulunda Nkata. All of these is stated to be from the Democratic Republic of Congo or part of the United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUSCO). However, I don’t have that verified. What matters is that these doctors and experts has to flee the Republic and in haste. They are not welcomed, even if they are coming there to give advice and help the authorities to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
What is clearly stated by the letter is that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says their final day in the Republic is 15th May 2020. They received the letter on the 12rth May 2020. The International Airport in Bujumbura is temporary closed for international flights because of COVID-19. The reason why the team came in the first place.
Therefore, this is very peculiar, but not shocking. In a state where civil society has been battled, where political affiliation is life or death. In a state where the ruling regime rules with an iron fist. In this reality, the eviction of a few people doesn’t hurt much. Even in the midst of a pandemic. Where the Republic releases very little information nor does anything really about it. They are in campaign mode and into getting the successor on the throne at any cost.
That CNDD-FDD and Nkurunziza would do this isn’t shocking. It shouldn’t be. This is the Modus Operandi. This is what they do. They just do it sort of diplomatically and gives you a proper send-off. Take a hike Mike and find a bike or something to cross into Rwanda, Democratic Republic or something. Hitch-hike from Bujumbura to the borders and hope your lucky to pass across.
That is how it seems. Because, it is not like the state has a lockdown, has curfew or social distancing. They are parading in the streets and holding rallies. They are going from town to town paint it ready for the polls on the 20th May 2020.
That is why the state doesn’t need a WHO Report on their indifference to COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. They don’t need foreigners to questions their actions, their inactions or anything. They just need to move. That is the initial message. This is the same republic that has stopped Election Observers in the same time-frame and made it impossible have foreign observer teams to oversee the polls. Therefore, sending these home fits like a glove.
Burundi wants to be a pariah-a state, it is like its a prize and that they long to have the title. Be the Grand Dictatorship of East Africa. Be the beacon of totalitarian efforts and wants to be in the same league as North Korea. That is the dream, that’s why it wants to make things bloody and ensure total destruction of oversight. Nobody is supposed to see anything anyway. Except if your high ranking official in the CNDD-FDD, than your authorized to do everything in your power.
Well, so a WHO TEAM became “Person Non Grata” in the midst of the Global Pandemic. We know we live in a stupid timeline. When this is a thing, but so is our leaders too. Since, they lack common sense to implement proper conditions to stop the spread. Instead, they play ignorant, hoping it will just go away. Peace.
The CNDD-FDD and the appointed CENI have all together concocted this and ensured that this could happen. They have ensured that the East African Community Election Observation Mission to Burundi would end up in Quarantine. Since its not there and has not yet been scheduled to arrive according to letters released. They are ensuring that the observer mission from the EAC will earliest, if they travel today be off the hook days after the polls.
That is a smart move. They will not see the polling stations, will not see the initial drop of ballots nor the tactics used by government to get people to vote. They can do it all without foreigners intervening. Because, there is no other EOM in the Republic at that time. There is talk of a few CSOs, but these local ones will not bully or unlock it all. As they want to have a ability to work after the polls too.
This game is rigged, that is why its campaigning during the COVID-19 or Coronavirus. Where huge rallies are held by both CNDD-FDD and CNL. However, we know the game is ready and the ruling regime will continue their hold of the country. As activists and leaders of CNL is intimidate or sudden gone missing.
There is even talks of weird sudden deaths appearing, which could be COVID-19, as there is no extensive testing nor protocol of a lockdown, as the elections are going as scheduled. The spread is maybe happening within the crowds at rallies. Who knows how bad it really is and what it does to the community.
The polls, the results and everything else is already ticked off. The State is running it clockwork. That is why they are lucky to have no observer or mission looking into the legal remedies, nor the practical organizations of the elections or the legitimacy as a whole. They don’t have safari teams from the African Union, European Union, Commonwealth, EAC nor IGAD. There are no foreign mission doing it. The authorities are free to hold the elections and no one else saying a word.
So, the 20th May 2020 can go down without any interference, any questions or even some eagle eyes scoping the possible breaches of trust and credibility of the affairs. The Safari teams from abroad can only, if they will be quarantined to over the polls and can only travel across the Republic when the counting is presiding and look over the procedural things. They cannot see how they did it or what they did. The ballots can be toyed around with or the security organizations can intimidate people to vote a certain way.
What we do know is that CNDD-FDD and its allies are happy with this. They are making the world blind to the affair. They cannot state or have options to look into it. The government can do as they please. Its that easy, we know that the (s)elected leader of CNDD-FDD will win. Evariste Ndayishimiye will be next President and that on the blessing of Nkurunziza. Who surely will reign in his shadow. He didn’t battle and conquer all his enemies to retire.
So, the only foreign verification squad or safari-group will be in quarantine, if they are even coming from the EAC. It seems like the scope, the amount of people nor the EOM itself isn’t structured and therefore, soon a fishing expedition to get it done in time.
CNDD-FDD gets their way and no one will see it. The Watchmen is stuck in quarantine, while they can boil all the numbers without a question. No one seeing it and no one reporting on it. If they do, they will get into trouble as this regime doesn’t spare lives nor anyone who questions it. That’s why this government will secure their result by all means. Nkurunziza and Ndayishimiye will not accept that. Peace.