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Burundi Crisis is Tribal – Nakivale Refugees

Presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi is Friday expected to hold a meeting with his FDC counterpart, try http://cityblockliving.net/components/com_k2/views/latest/tmpl/latest_item.php Dr Kizza Besigye in Masindi town amid reports of a possible alliance.

During the TDA talks, cheapest http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-8d7f17e57cd5c3d72fca416ee7395786.php the two leaders failed to agree on who should step down for the other in the 2016 elections.

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, for sale http://deepcreekflyfishers.org/components/com_jfbconnect/controllers/loginregister.php Kofi Annan and Moreno Ocampo labored to encourage Besigye and Mbabazi to agree on a single candidate in vain.

Several meetings held in Kampala, Nairobi, United States and U.K. to harmonise the two presidential candidates’ aspirations were unsuccessful.

Besigye said Mbabazi lacked a good record in combating corruption and bad governance.

However, it is understood several diplomats met Besigye in Masindi on Thursday.

The agenda of the meeting remains unclear.

What ChimpReports understands is that several diplomats want to see a united opposition challenge president Museveni in the 2016 polls.


It is widely held that Mbabazi could agree to step down for Besigye who is visibly a stronger candidate with grassroots structures.

A top Go Forward official denied the reports but did not rule out a possible change of heart on Mbabazi’s part.

Some critics of the alliance argue that Mbabazi and Besigye should stay in the race to overstretch President Museveni during the last phase of the campaign.

“2016 without Amama and Besigye on the ballot would not have been an election,” argued Omar Kalinge Nnyago, the former JEEMA Secretary General in a recent article.

“What is needed now is Uganda’s diversity and regional dynamics to come into play, and force a re-run (second round) of the Presidential vote as no candidate including Museveni can manage a 50% +1 vote majority in the first round,” added Nnyago.

“Then, inevitably the opposition will be left with one candidate to support in the second round, which must have only two candidates (the first and runner up) according to the Constitution.”
The number of refugees pouring in at the Nakivale settlement camp in Isingiro district from the politically troubled Burundi has not relented in the past months. About 100 are coming in daily on average according to officials.

The settlement camp Commandant Johnbosco Sentamu told Chimpreports this week that they started receiving the refugees from Burundi in January 2015, malady http://colombiareports.com/wp-includes/rewrite.php but the influx worsened from April onward as the turmoil intensified in the small country; when President Peirre Nkurunziza put his foot on the ground to seek another term against the country’s constitution.

During our visit to the refugee camp in western Uganda, approved we were informed that majority of the settlement seekers are of the Burundian minority Tutsi tribe.

Mr Sentamu says the camp since April has received about 13, cost 000 refugees, who when added to the 8000 that arrived since January, brings the total number to nearly 220000.

JohnBosco Sentamu the commandant Nakivale refugee camp
JohnBosco Sentamu the commandant Nakivale refugee camp

Some of the refugees who spoke to our reporter, supported the allegations that President Pierre Nkurunziza had decided to turn the Burundian crisis into a tribal one by turning his tribesmen the Hutu against the Tutsi.

“This is a war of the 1960s. We are back to the tribal conflict,” said one of the refugees.

Although, it’s clear that both the Hutu and Tutsti who are opposed to the regime have been murdered and detained, the refugee stated that the Tutsis have been targeted more.

She added that Nkurunziza, a former Hutu rebel group leader is taking revenge on what happened to his tribesmen during the 1993-2006 civil war in which Hutu rebels clashed with an army dominated by Tutsis.

Johnbosco Sentamu the camp commandant told Chimpreports that although both the Hutus and Tutsis poured in at the start of the conflict, most of the Hutus have since returned home, confident that it is safer for them.

Back home several stories have emerged of how Tutsis have been targeted, isolated and tortured in secret detention centers by government security officers.

One told media, “I sat down and they took away the handcuffs. The first question they asked was, ‘Are you a Hutu or a Tutsi?’ I said I’m a Tutsi. They said, ‘Ah, now you accept you are Tutsi. Every night there are people shooting at us. We’ll go with you and you have to show us where the guns are.’”

He said he was beaten with an electrical cable, threatened with beheading and taken to a crowded prison cell where all 10 inmates, including three Rwandans, told him they had been severely beaten and tortured.

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