“If all over the world we talk about the coronavirus pandemic, but we were able to gather without any problem, hold an electoral campaign without any problem, send our children to school and go to the market without worries….it is the hand of God which shows he has placed a special sign above our Burundi” – Pierre Nkurunziza at a rally on the 28th May 2020
The Supreme Leader for Patriotism, the three term President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza has come out with strong words and shown again his reckless behaviour. That has actually cost him and those surrounding him. Since, the President has downplayed and not taken the Global Pandemic of COVID-19 or Coronavirus seriously.
That’s why it’s both sad and ironic at the same time. There is no reports that Pierre got and his wife Denise Nkurunziza got it as well. Only his wife has able to leave the republic for treatment at Aga Khan in Nairobi, Kenya. She together with three bodyguards whose also been tested positive for COVID-19. Therefore, the necessity for mass-testing and checking society should be key.
Especially, since the state, the party and the leadership have held open rallies and done as ordinary. There been no or nothing of social distancing, neither lockdowns or anything. That is why the spread of COVID-19 can be to heights we cannot imagine. We know its worrying, when the big-men and their wife catches it. Also, the workers of the Big-Men get it too.
It is not like the state can afford to ship every case or everyone who would treatment to Nairobi. Neither, would the Kenyan authorities accept it either. Even if the Kenyan authorities are not supposed to accept people with COVID-19. However, they did, because of the stature of the First Lady of Burundi.
Mr. President with this and the actions you have made. You have been living on a lie. Because, you get tested since your a big-man and the ones around you for the same reason. All of them get tested as of association with you. The general public doesn’t get this treatment. Neither, is there any safeguards nor open checks in place. All trust are just going directly to God.
God wouldn’t let you act a fool. God wants is us to use our mind and to our best abilities. Yes, we supposed to trust his will, but not stop using the tools around that. Which is what you have done, Mr. President. You could have in the last months of your Presidency, ensured testing capacities and abilities to secure the spread of COVID-19. However, you have lived on a prayer and therefore, you have not shielded yourself nor your wife.
The prayers didn’t save you, the faith didn’t stop the virus from spreading to you. You don’t know where it comes from. Your wife doesn’t know where it comes from. It could anybody your been close in the recent weeks of campaigns. There could be plenty of others inside the CNDD-FDD and the State House. Who are running around asymptomatic and with the illness. However, you cannot know, because you have not tested nor even tried to combat this.
That is why Mr. President, Supreme Leader of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, you have been living on a lie. Instead of acting upon a global pandemic. You have taken the easy way out, which now will cost. Hopefully, we hope, that the people of Aga Khan can heal and ensure good treatment of Denise.
You can now be remembered that in your ignorance and in your arrogance you risked your own family just for the glory of the party and your own legacy. Peace.
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.