Kagame Meets Nkurunziza As Violence Escalates in Burundi

President Paul Kagame received his Burundian counterpart, Pierre Nkurunziza early this morning in Huye district, a border town to Burundi in Southern Rwanda.

The two presidents discussed Burundi’s political turmoil and insecurity concerns that has caused an influx of Burundian refugees to Rwanda.

Rwanda’s Southern region is currently pressured by Burundian refugees running from pro-government militias, Imbonerakure, who are accused of several killings and looting.

Imbonerakure are allegedly attacking people opposed to President Nkurunziza’s attempts to seek another term in office. Nkurunziza has already served two constitutional terms, but his country will head to polls this year.

Nkurunziza has yet to present his candidature. Cndd-FDD will take a decision to name its presidential candidate later this month.

More details regarding the meeting are yet to be established, but President Kagame told journalists the he believes Burundi still had capability of solving its own problems.

I believe that Burundi has the capacity to resolve their own issues…but we are here to assist,” he said.

Over 4000 Burundian refugees (629 men, 986 women and 2335 children) have fled into Rwanda and are sheltered at Biryogo refugee camp in Gashora sector, Bugesera district in Eastern Province.

Others are accommodated in Nyanza refugee camp in Southern Province.

President Kagame greets Pierre Nkurunziza in Huye today.
President Kagame greets Pierre Nkurunziza in Huye today.

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