Burundi president gives 2 months to dismantle armed groups


Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has given defense and security forces two months for to dismantle armed groups committing selective killings especially in the capital Bujumbura.

President Pierre Nkurunziza
President Pierre Nkurunziza
“Security committees are invited to work day and night to dismantle, within two months, small groups that commit selective killings and that cause panicking within citizens, especially in Bujumbura city,” Nkurunziza said while announcing his five-year plan.

He indicated that joint security committees made up by citizens, security forces, the administration and justice officials will be trained in order to improve the level of collaboration.

“We will counter any action that would disturb security — whether internal or external. That is why we call on security and defense forces to be more watchful than ever before so that no enemy escapes them,” said Nkurunziza.
He indicated that compulsory civic service is to be back for young people, especially university students.
He added that the disarmament of civilians will continue and means will be given to security forces to participate in international peacekeeping missions.

“Civic education will continue to be provided in an effort to convince citizens to make a front to safeguard peace and security in villages or neighborhoods,” Nkurunziza added.

During the next five years, the east African country’s president said his program will focus on peace building, justice and security, strengthening of good governance based on democracy and integral and sustainable development.
Nkurunziza was elected for a third term on July 21 in a controversial presidential poll boycotted by the opposition who claimed that the climate was not favorable for fair, credible and inclusive elections. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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