By Nkonge I Kaggwa – Kampala, Uganda
Former Burundian renegade Brigadier General Ndayambaje Jean Marie has advised Burundians to grant their President, Pierre Nkurunziza a one year extension to enable the country establish a “A truth and Reconciliation Commission” that would in turn sort out the problems of the Burundian people.
Speaking to The London Evening Post (The LEP) on phone from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Gen Ndayambaje said President Nkurunziza had made some political, social and economic landmarks for the people which would be destroyed in case he insisted to stick to the presidency. This comes after violence broke out in the country when civilians challenged Nkurunziza’s declaration to seek a third term of office. He further called for calm in Bujumbura where violence has been escalating and is now believed to have claimed the lives of 21 civilians, four policemen and one soldier.
Gen Ndayambaje warned that what is happening in Burundi needs to be addressed before it generates into genocide. “What we see from here is typical genocide between the Tutsi and Hutus now. We need to look above such issues and we say this is a constitutional matter that needs to be addressed,” he told The LEP. Ndayambaje who early this year disclosed to The LEP his intension to stand for the Burundian presidency come June 2015, acknowledged that demonstrators hurried to take to the streets since the country’s electoral commission has not yet declared President Nkurunziza a potential presidential candidate.