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Top general declares Burundi's president persona non grata in mutiny

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by Joseph Earnest May 13, 2015


Newscast Media BUJUMBURA, Burundi—The death toll was rising.  The protesters remained steadfast. The ambition of participating in a meeting on regional stability was a lure too strong to resist. Little did he know that a mutiny was in the making, and upon exiting the stage of his country, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza was declared persona non grata by his own military generals who turned against him.


The West and European Union had criticized Nkurunziza for deciding to run for a third term since the announcement has led to the death of dozens of life.


What is curious is, whether the West had a hidden hand in luring Nkurunziza out of his country, to attend a meeting, knowing that there were generals who would use that opportunity to pull an "Idi Amin" on him.


In Idi Amin's case, Obote was lured to a Singapore summit, and initially had chosen his deputy to represent him.  It was advised through persistent persuasion, that Obote himself attend since he was the most senior person in the newly-independent nation. Foolishy, Obote took the bait, and upon touching down in Singapore, he received a phone call from Amin, telling the president he was on indefinite vacation.


Before Obote rose to power, it was Buganda's Kabaka Sir Edward Muteesa II who was lured on to a plane by a Jewish traitor named Andrew Cohen, who helped the British depose the king for resisting their rule.


Al Jazeera captured the celebrations as they happened in real time  


According to Deutsche Welle, Major General Godefroid Niyombare 46, said on Tuesday that the president had violated the national constitution and the Arusha peace accords by seeking a third term in June elections. (pop-up)

"Given the necessity to preserve the country's integrity ... the president, Pierre Nkunrunzia, is dismissed from his functions," Niyombare said in a statement on Bonesha FM radio.

"Regarding President Nkurunziza's arrogance and defiance of the international community which advised him to respect the constitution and Arusha peace agreement, the committee for the establishment of the national concord decide: President Nkurunziza is dismissed, his government is dismissed too," he said, according to The East African.

However, Burundi president's public relations machine quickly went into effect and called the mutiny and coup a "fantasy" on a Facebook post:


Niyombare told reporters that he was working with civil society groups, religious leaders and politicians to form a transitional government after dismissing the president. The general said he himself would preside over a committee to re-establish stability.

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