MAKAMBA November 23rd (ABP) – The Torch of Peace was welcomed on Saturday November 20 in Makamba province (southern Burundi) at around 7:30 p.m. from Rutana province. It was the governor of Rutana, Mr. Olivier Nibitanga, who handed it over to his counterpart from Makamba, Ms. Françoise Ngozirazana, in Mutsindozi, on the border of the two provinces.
The Torch of Peace remained in Makamba until Monday. Olympic games were organized on Sunday November 21 at Nkurunziza Peace Park Complex Stadium in which Tanzanians from Kigoma participated.
The Head of State enhanced with his presence those games organized on the second day of the Torch of Peace’s stay in Makamba. Various games including judo, karate, taekwondo and acrobatics were organized, as well as a football match between the Intwararumuri squad and the Kigoma youth selection of the CCM party.
The chairman of the peace foundation, Mrs. Tegla Laroupe, a Kenyan athlete who won two gold medals in different marathons, was among the guests. She said the Torch of Peace caravan shows that peace and security are a reality in Burundi. She welcomed the fact that the Head of State is joining the people in different activities, including sport, believing that it is an example that other high authorities in African countries must follow to get closer to people.
According to Miss Geraldina Kabululu, the representative of the youth affiliated to the CCM party in Kigoma in Tanzania, the participation of the Tanzanian team expresses the strengthening of the good neighborliness and the good cooperation between Burundi and Tanzania.
The festivities ended with a football match between the Intwararumuri selection and the youth team of the CCM party in Kigoma. The match ended with the victory for the Tanzanian team who won after 8 shots on goal against 7 of Intwararumuri side. Those shots were organized after a goalless score in regulation time. It was the Burundian head of state who offered the cup to the selection of Kigoma, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.
Each team received an envelope of 300,000 BIF. The judo, karate and taekwondo teams also received cups.
Note that the winner of the black eagle basketball game who won by 62 points against 58 Intwararumuri received a cup, while each team was entitled to an envelope of 200,000 BIF.
Note that in Rutana province (south-east), members of the Intwararumuri association as well as officials from this region who accompanied their governor all headed for the Karera falls, in the Shanga zone, in Musongati commune, a tourist place that attracts a lot of people.