Burundi: BBC correspondent summoned for “investigation”

Judith Basutama, a Burundian correspondent for the BBC, was summoned to appear on Wednesday 21 March, in Mukaza High Court. She was summoned for an” investigation case”.

Judith Basutama, the summoned journalist

Judith Basutama, the summoned journalist

On 13 March, There were rumblings on social media that she was reportedly summoned to appear in the presidential office. She would have incorrectly translated ‘Imboneza yamaho’ the title attributed to the Burundian President by the central committee of the ruling CNDD-FDD as the ” eternal supreme leader”. Basutama immediately denied those rumors.

The BBC Correspondent says to have been summoned to appear in court on 21 March adding that she does not know the motives of this summon.

Story by Edouard Nkurunziza translated by Lorraine Josiane Manishatse