Following a football match organized by Burundi, in which African country’s president was allegedly “roughed up”, the two officials have been imprisoned.
Pierre Nkurunziza, the President is a ‘born-again’ evangelical Christian. He spends much of his time travelling Burundi with his team, Haleluya FC. He travels with his own choir, “Komeza gusenga”, which means “pray non-stop” in the local Kirundi language.
His squad faced a side from the northern town of Kiremba on 3rd of February. Normally, the opposition is well aware they are playing against the country’s president. Hence it is said they go easy in the games, even allowing the President to score.
However, a witness says that the Kiremba team contained Congolese refugees who did not know they were playing against Burundi’s president, they “attacked each time he had the ball and made him fall several times”.
On Thursday, Kiremba’s administrator Cyriaque Nkezabahizi and his assistant, Michel Mutama, were imprisoned. A Judicial source has been reported saying they had been arrested on charges of “conspiracy against the president”.
In 2017, President Nkurunziza and his government were implicated in a United Nations report that said there was strong evidence crimes against humanity had been committed in the country. According to which not only government forces but also opposition groups, had committed killings, torture and rape after violence erupted in 2015.
The turmoil was sparked after President Nkurunziza decided to run for a third term. Later he was re-elected in a poll that was boycotted by the opposition.
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