Alleastafrica
BURUNDI LATEST NEWS

Burundi jails official who urged the drowning of opponents

BUJUMBURA, — A court in Burundi has jailed an official who allegedly called for the drowning of the government’s opponents.

The charging and conviction of Melchiade Nzopfabarushe in just hours is rare punishment for a government supporter in this country plagued by the threat of violence stemming from the president’s political moves.

Tensions are rising over the May 17 referendum proposing a constitutional change that would allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to extend his rule.

Nzopfabrushe, who once worked in Nkurunziza’s office, is a senior official with the governing party in Bujumbura’s Kabezi neighborhood.

iBurundi, a group of activists monitoring the government’s alleged crimes, dismissed his conviction as a “side show.”

In a video circulating on Twitter, Nzopfabarushe is seen saying those opposed to the referendum will be thrown into Lake Tanganyika.

Related posts

Kampala-Dar es Salaam: Another route Uganda should consider?

NewsDesk

Night travel ban badly affected business, Coast traders say

NewsDesk

How Kenya election puts strain on ethnically mixed couples

NewsDesk

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More