Burundi: Declaration de la Coalition Kira Burundi au Ledemain de la Proclamation des Resultats Provisoires par le CENI (26.05.2020)

Burundi: Communique de la Conference des Eveques Catholiques du Burundi sur le Scrutin du 20 Mai 2020 (26.05.2020)

Burundi: Communique de Presse – Groupe des chefs de missions diplomatiques accredites Burundi (27.05.2020)

Opinion: Evariste won, who knew, right?

Today, the announcement of the CNDD-FDD successor and victor Evariste Ndayishimiye, as the new President of Burundi. This after the polls on the 20th May 2020 with no one observing it or anybody allowed to watch over the counting. The state did it all in darkness, opposition activists detained, other opposition parties in exile and intimidation ahead of the polls.

Therefore, the results are all in favour of the ruling regime. The party of Nkurunziza and CNDD-FDD. The ones who has used all means to stay power. The party and organization that even created a violent youth organization, Imbonerakure to quell dissidents. This party wouldn’t run free and fair elections. The party who secured and had safeguarded Nkurunziza to another term. Unless, he changed his mind and decided the route of Kabila is his way to go.

Now, we are seeing that, Nkurunziza has a loyal ally in Ndayshimiye. His handpicked for this and his never been under fire by Pierre. Pierre trust this man and has had him under his wings. If he didn’t and never gave him a role as the Secretary General of the Party. He wouldn’t have rose to the occasion.

Evariste knows this and will play along. That is why the former President, the retired man is still the hero. The Supreme Leader of Patriotism. Meaning he still have influence. Still has government salary and benefits. Will be paid handsomely and only hold one speech a year for it. That is a sweet gig.

However, that is the backdrop. The CNDD-FDD and its force will not stop by this. The internal bickering, the violence and intimidation will not stop. The head and the official head of state has changed. Nevertheless, don’t believe Pierre will chill-out and not say something. His been ruling practically by decree and direct orders. He will not give that up, but sure by the time ticking by. There will be meetings in his home and behind close doors. Where Evariste will be directed by Pierre.

If not, I don’t believe Pierre will just take a long vacation after three terms and a civil war. I don’t think a man whose willing to breach the Arusha Accord without effort. Will suddenly vanish and give way to Evariste. Hell no… that is naive and stupid. A man who amassed all power and reigned supreme. Will not just go up in smoke. Especially, when everyone who stood in his way got taken out as well. If not they fled as soon as possible.

So, with that in mind. Nkurnziza might left the building, but his still lingering in the shadows of it. He will have influence and not become a relic of the past. Nope, he will touch Evariste and his reign. That is why his the Supreme Leader and the other man is the President. Peace.

Burundi: Parti Sahwanya-Frodebu – Communique No. 2 – Concerne les resultats provisoires des Elections Presidentielles et Legislatives de 2020 au Burundi (25.05.2020)

Burundi: Message de Felicitation du Parti Uprona a Son Excellence General Major Evariste Ndayishimiye elu President de la Republique du Burundi (25.05.2020)

Burundi: Mouvement pour la Solidarite et la Democratie (MSD) – Communique (25.05.2020)

Burundi: Congres National pour la Liberte (CNL) – Communique de Presse (24.05.2020)

Burundi: Declaration des Organisations Membres du Conssortium de la Societe Civile sur les Elections de 2020 Concernant le Triple Scrutin tenu en date du 20 Mai 2020 au Burundi (21.05.2020)

Opinion: No honest election happens in darkness [Burundi]

Today is the day when people of the Republic of Burundi went to polls. In the interest of CNDD-FDD and to align the successor of President Pierre Nkurunziza, the Supreme Leader of Patriotism. The man who has handpicked his successor, Evariste Ndayishimiye.

What is striking about this election is that there is no Election Observation Mission (EOM) and the civil society organizations has been under fire as long as I can remember. Therefore, there are not many eyes on the elections. Except for a few friendly ambassadors, whose not trained nor has the education to catch a fraud. Even if it appeared right in front of their eyes.

The Attorney General of the Republic has on the 18th May ordered that no public should gather around the polling station when the counting is ocuring. They as society should focus on Social Distancing away from the Polling Stations. Which is ridiculous, knowing the month ahead of the polls. There was massive gatherings for every single rally of both the CNL and CNDD-FDD. If there ever was a lie, this is a big one.

Than, you have the social media blockade on the day. When the authorities suddenly without forewarning. Just ensure the public has to use VPN to access WhatsApp and whatnot. Because, the authorities are afraid of the words and leaks from the election. Like it was done in secret.

While the President cast his ballot. The public cheers in silence. The police are enforcing strict laws and the public just supposed to show up and stand in long queues. That is what it does.

We know, the state will cook the results. The results are already fixed. The end-game is already there. If it wasn’t, the President and his loyal men wouldn’t be out there. They just needs it and will use all means. Therefore, I don’t expect any honest and sincere results out of this.

Not that the EOMs would change that, but they could uncover more irregularities. Because, the CENI will cook the numbers. They will ensure the men of the President and CNDD-FDD gets their place. The CNL if they get anything. It will a honourable position. The same with the rest of the opposition parties. They will get scraps, play a minority role.

There is even reports of arrests of CNL leaders and activists on the day of ballots. So, its not like the state even tries to keep their dismay of the proceedings. There is not middle-ground or even trying to keep things a secret. However, this is the government that last time used the courts to validate an illegal third term for Nkurunziza. They even voted to ensure he was legal for a fourth round.

Nevertheless, to save grace and still have power. He “retired” into Supreme Leader. Therefore, he still have power and control. Maybe not the office and title of “head of state”. But, the man will be powerful and will have an ear to everything. Surely, he will entangle himself and secure that Evariste does the right thing. To think otherwise is naive. A man who has used force and intimidated his enemies. Will not suddenly back-out, unless he knows he has immunity and doesn’t fear for his future.

Nkurunziza will officially not be in-charge, but he will not go away. Ndayishimiye is the President in waiting. Don’t expect anything else. His the guy to look out for, but know Pierre will has his say. Agathon Rwasa is just a pawn and the King stays the King. Peace.