Burundi’s president gives 5 days for voluntary arms handover

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza gave five days for a voluntary arms handover, warning that beyond the five days, people who will not hand over illegally kept arms will be considered as terrorists.

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Speaking in a message to the nation on Monday, the Burundian president urged people to avoid criminality.

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illegal arms

“The government (of Burundi) gives five days, as of Nov. 2, to criminals to avoid their wrongdoing.

They will be received by security forces and will receive civic education for two weeks. Those who will not accept to handover their arms illegally kept will be prosecuted by the law on terrorism,” said Nkurunziza.

According to him, beyond Nov. 7, they will be considered like “enemies” of the country.

Nkurunziza indicated that it is the “last warning” made in order for them to avoid regret.

He called on citizens to avoid supporting criminals and rather urged them to denounce them by showing security forces where those criminals are hiding.

He urged local administration authorities to control the movement of citizens, especially in the capital Bujumbura.

“As of now, you have the right to use your equipment in order to restore security where it has been disrupted. This operation should be well prepared and should start on Nov. 8,” said Nkurunziza.

He also invited local administration authorities, security forces and the population to fight altogether against armed groups and to disarm them within this month (November), especially in the capital Bujumbura.

Nkurunziza called on countries which granted asylum to people accused of disrupting security in Burundi to “extradite” them to allow the Burundian judiciary system to bring them before trial.

At his inauguration for a third term in office on Aug. 20, Nkurunziza committed to restore peace and security throughout within two months.

On Sept. 24, Nkurunziza gave one month to citizens illegally keeping arms to hand over them voluntarily.

“The one-month period for the voluntary handover of arms illegally kept has ended. The mission given to security forces to restore peace and security has been reached to the level of 92 percent,” said Nkurunziza.

He added that arms already collected were from various origins including arms purchased out of Burundi, arms stolen from police depots on May 13 in the aftermath of the coup plot that later failed and arms stolen by security forces who defected from the army and police bodies.

Some neighborhoods in the capital Bujumbura where protests against Nkurunziza’s third term bid were actively held at the end of April have been facing insecurity, with attacks against police posts in those neighborhoods. Enditem

source: Xinhua


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