See also:
» 01.03.2010 - Burundi opposition fields woman candidate for elections
» 22.01.2010 - Legislators discuss common market protocol in Burundi
» 11.12.2009 - Burundi faces funding shortfall for elections
» 30.10.2009 - Last Burundian refugees repatriated
» 16.10.2009 - HRW calls on Burundi to halt deportation of refugees
» 02.10.2009 - US awards contract for the construction of new embassy in Burundi
» 30.07.2009 - SA formally withdraws from Burundi
» 14.05.2009 - Over 200 political prisoners in Burundi released

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Politics | Society

Burundi ex-President denies treason charges

Burundi President Domitien Ndayizeye registering for elections in 2004:
«I had given up politics to be with my family.»

© Martine Perret/UN Photo/afrol News
afrol News, 21 December
- "I have never dreamed of organising a coup, I was the one who integrated the rebels in the army, including the current President, because I wanted peace in Burundi," was the statement of the former Burundian President, Domitién Ndayizeye at a treason trial in Bujumbura.

Mr Ndayizeye was the President of the interim government of Burundi from 2003 to 2005, which organised a relatively smooth transition to democracy.

But in August this year, he was rounded up with others, accused of organising a coup against the Burundi government. Prosecutors told the court that the ex-President had convened a meeting to overthrow the government with his allies in his house last May.

But in his testimony at Bujumbura High Court, Mr Ndayizeye denied the charges.

The coup suspects further claimed that they were detained in horrendous conditions characterised by torture.

Burundi government officials are said to be divided over the coup plot, with Defence Minister Germani Nyoyankana defying the prosecution saying that there was no coup attempt.

Also observers outside the Burundian government have expressed their doubt on whether there ever have been coup plans originating in the group close to ex-President Ndayizeye. Most point to the fact that the former leader had demonstrated democratic instincts and free willingly gave up powers following elections in 2005.

Also in court, perceptions were deferring. The Bujumbura High Court ordered the release of seven defendants on bail but prosecutors rejected, claiming that they were still being investigated.

Burundi's current President, ex-rebel leader Pierre Nkurunziza, was installed on August last year. He was formerly the head of the Hutu Forces for Defence rebel group that took part in a 12-year war that claimed thousands of lives.

"I never dreamed of organising a coup, in fact I had given up politics to do business and be with my family," Mr Ndayizeye told the Bujumbura court, recalling his role in ending the Burundian civil war and installing the democratically elected government of Mr Nkurunziza."It is I who integrated former rebels, including the actual head of state. That is I wanted Burundi to enjoy peace," he added.

- Create an e-mail alert for Burundi news
- Create an e-mail alert for Politics news
- Create an e-mail alert for Society news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at