Burundi: ruling party committed to dialogue, rips international community for destabilizing the country

WEST IS TO BLAME FOR THE MESS IN BURUNDI: Willy Nyamitwe, Burundi government Spokesman

WEST IS TO BLAME FOR THE MESS IN BURUNDI: Willy Nyamitwe, Burundi government Spokesman

Burundi’s ruling party, CNDD-FDD has reiterated its commitment to participate in the political talks aimed at ending the crisis in the Central African nation.

CNDD-FDD however, says the peace talks ought to be led or co-led by the country’s National Council for Inter-Burundian dialogue in consultation with Uganda, the facilitator.

This comes after reports that the government had declined participating in the talks that were scheduled to reopen in Arusha, Tanzania, Wednesday but were indefinitely and unofficially called off.

In a press statement issued Wednesday, the ruling party lauds last week’s resumption of dialogue in Uganda and expresses optimism the contentious issues will be resolved through candid discussions.

“The CNDD-FDD Party estimates that some of the observed shortcomings related to the event’s organizing will be a point of discussion between the facilitation and the government, so as to better orient the inter Burundian dialogue process , hence reach unquestionable success,” reads the statement.

President Pierre Nkurunziza’s party pledges to “make sure the dialogue leads Burundians to the adapted and sustainable results.”

It commends the in-put by the facilitator, Ugandan leader, Yoweri Museveni but insists going forward he and his team have to work closely with the inter-Burundian dialogue council.

The talks between players in the 9-month conflict have been postponed to an undetermined future date despite appeals by regional leaders and the international community to stakeholders to resume talking and find a lasting solution to the deadly turmoil in Burundi.

Meanwhile, as the death toll mounts day by day, CNDD-FDD faults the international community for instigating recurrent crises in Burundi since its independence by choosing and picking the country’s leaders.

Revisiting the 1961 killing of independence hero Prince Louis Rwagasore, the 1965 murder of the then Prime Minister  after his elected, 1993 and the 1993 assassination of the President-elect Melchior Ndadaye, CNDD-FDD  lambasted the West, particularly former colonial power Belgium  for instilling chaos that has always marred the country’s electoral periods at the expense of the lives of innocent Burundians.

Over the course of the current crisis tensions have heightened between Bujumbura and Brussels as the former argues the latter has played a significant role in sowing ethnic divisions in Burundi, and masterminding genocide in 1972.

“Belgium divided Burundians into Hutu and Tutsis. They claim to be a friend of Burundi but their actions are unfriendly,” Willy Nyamitwe, the Presidential Media Advisor said in November last year adding “we blame them for the 1972 genocide that happened in this country. They are responsible for all the difficulties our country is facing.”

In response Belgium has dismissed the “absurd” allegations, vehemently opposed Nkurunziza’s third term bid, suspended a big chunk of its development package to the country and warned its 500 citizens to evacuate.