Burundi will not deal with “hypocritical countries”, says Gen Ndayishimiye

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Burundi President has broken silence on normalizing relations with its neighbors accused of trying to destabilize his country.

President Evariste Ndayishimiye yesterday while addressing locals in the country’s northern region in Busoni, Kirundo said that Burundi will not deal with “hypocritical countries”.

In speech he also accused unnamed countries of “taking refugees hostage” and harboring coup plotters who attempted to illegally grab power in 2015 in a failed coup d’état.

Geneva as he is fondly called in the country asked all Burundian refugees to return home and participate in the national building.

His statement follows after Burundi refugees in Rwandan camps accused a section of Burundian opposition in diaspora of wanting them to stay in refugee camps.

Gen Evariste Ndayishimiye, President of the Republic of Burundi

A letter written by a group of Burundian refugees living in a camp in Rwanda asked their president to cooperate with Rwanda and the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, to repatriate them.

More than 60,000 Burundian refugees have been living in Mahama camp, in eastern Rwanda, since the 2015 political crisis over the late former President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.

More than 300 Mahama residents signed the letter to their president accusing some exiled Burundian politicians of “wanting them to stay in the camp for their own interests”.

Emmanuel Bizimana, one of the signatories told the BBC that “now it is time now to return home”, adding: We know our country is safe now, that’s why we wrote to our president.”

In his inaugural speech in June, President Evariste Ndayishimiye pleaded for refugees to return and since then nearly 2,000 have come back from Tanzania, UN figures show.

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