Burundi in war of words against uganda over alleged Rwandan aggression

Presidents Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi (left), and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni at an EAC Summit. Photo : FILE

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Preports monitored by the African Daily Voice on Friday says Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Burundian counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza are locked into a war or words since several weeks now.

Kenya’s leading Daily Nation newspaper reports that the two men have, within a week, exchanged strongly-worded letters that could lead to the tearing apart of East African Community (EAC) member states.

The report recalled that in a December 4, 2018, letter to Mr Museveni as current chair of EAC, President Nkrunziza called for emergency meeting of the regional leaders to resolve what he called as Rwanda’s “aggression” against his country.

“In addition to the fact that Rwanda has prepared and supervised the coup d’état of 2015, the coup perpetrators and other criminals have taken up residence in Rwanda where they receive support to attack Burundi, crossing Rwanda-Burundi border or via the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as getting assistance and travel documents to enable them to circulate in the region and even in Europe,” he wrote.

A sharp twist occurred on Thursday, yesterday, when Rwanda declined to comment on the allegation contained in Mr Nkrunziza’s letter copied to EAC member states’ presidents John Magufuli of Tanzania, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta and his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir and Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

Mr Kagame is also the chairman of the African Union.

“In short, Rwanda is the only country in the region that is one of the main destabilisers of my country and, therefore, I no longer consider it a partner country, but simply as an enemy country,” the Burundian leader wrote.

Kigali has broadly denied any involvement in subversive activities against its southern neighbour, even when Burundi has lodged similar complaints with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the AU.

The resulting tension nudged the regional bloc to designate Mr Museveni as chairperson of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue, a regional effort to restore peace and security in the country at the time engulfed in civil unrest that threatened to snowball into full scale civil war.

But by all indications, it is the slowness or lack of sufficient support from Ugandan president that Mr. Nkurunziza is taking on the Ugandan president.

It can be recalled that President Nkurunziza refused to step down ofter a second mandate and vows to maintain power endlessly which is pitching the international community against him since nearly four years now.

Similarly, the Ugandan leader seized power in 1986 through a bush war while Paul Kagame is being accused by his detractors of taking power illegally following the controversial death of the former country’s leader in a plane crash after the aircraft was shot down in 1994 .

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng