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Burundi: Army Protects Protesters

Burundi has deployed the army on the streets of Bujumbura to take charge of the capital city’s security as protests entered a second day, nurse advice http://cooperativenet.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/nextgen_basic_tagcloud/adapter.nextgen_basic_tagcloud_routes.php marking a decisive stage in the people’s resistance against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bid.

The army commanders instructed police to vacate the streets after the law enforcement body was accused of reportedly killing five people during the weekend.

Activist Claver Mbonimpa who was recently released from detention said “the peaceful resistance will continue.”

He said the army has urged protesters to exercise restraint and avoid any acts of violence.

“It is police firing at us. We shall achieve our goals through peaceful means, order http://centroilponte.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-event-calendar/lib/acl/aco.php ” he added.

ChimpReports understands that Rwanda has tightened security at its border with Burundi to thwart any attempts by the FDLR militia from exploiting the explosive situation to fuel the instability in Burundi.

At least 20, buy 000 refugees have fled from Burundi into Rwanda and many more into Congo.

By Monday afternoon, President Nkurunziza had relocated from Bujumbura to Gitega, second largest city in Burundi, lying east of the capital.


United States said by the ruling party nominating Nkurunziza for the presidential race, “Burundi is losing an historic opportunity to strengthen its democracy by establishing a tradition of peaceful democratic transition.”

According to Article 7 of the Arusha Accords, “The President of the Republic (Burundi) shall be elected for a term of five years, renewable only once. No one may serve more than two presidential terms.”

However, Nkurunziza supporters say he served only one term by adult suffrage as the first was by parliament’s appointment.

The opposition say Nkurunziza is being manipulative and oppressive, a move that could plunge the nation back into turmoil.

Regional leaders and the international community maintain Nkurunziza must uphold the spirit of the Arusha Accords to maintain stability in the country recovering from decades of war.

The Arusha Accords provided that, “The Parties commit themselves to refrain from any act or behaviour contrary to the provisions of the Agreement, and to spare no effort to ensure that the said provisions are respected and implemented in their letter and spirit in order to ensure the attainment of genuine unity, reconciliation, lasting peace, security for all, solid democracy and on equitable sharing of resources in Burundi.”

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