Politicians diverge on new President’s speech about opposition role

After the swearing-in ceremony at “Ingoma” stadium in Gitega province on June 18, President Evariste Ndayishimiye has said opposition political parties and insurrection won’t have place in Burundi. “If they don’t agree with the Burundian government, which one they will share views?” he wonders. He, however, says they should share views. He also said members of all political parties or civil society should express freely. He said no one will have more access to the government than others. “All Burundians are equal in front of the law and I am here to defend it,” he said.

President Evariste Ndayishimiye

Gabriel Banzawitonde, Chairman of APDR party appreciates the speech delivered by the new President. He says it will be a good opportunity for all political parties to share their views for the country’s development. He, however, those political parties must abide by the law. “The government has its own rules and laws that should be respected”, he says.

Gaspard Kobako, Spokesperson for CNDD party says all political parties have the right to give their points of view in democracy. “We are not forced to agree with different views from political parties. We are in competition,” he says adding that criticisms from opposition political parties show the government what is going wrong. “It should consider them or not,” he says.

On June 18, Evariste Ndayishimiye who was sworn in as new President to serve a seven-year term which should be renewed once, will succeed President Pierre Nkurunziza who passed away due to cardiac arrest on June 8.