BUJUMBURA July 4th (ABP) – The presidential couple along with the senior authorities of the country honored with their presence, on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at the Intwari stadium of Bujumbura City, the ceremonies of a cultural evening to celebrate in advance the 60th anniversary of the national independence, a celebration that takes place on July 1 each year.
In his welcoming address, Mr. Jimmy Hatungimana, the Mayor of the city of Bujumbura, thanked the Head of State, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye, for having chosen the city of Bujumbura to organize the cultural vigil.
During those ceremonies, the Head of State, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye, deplored the loss of sovereignty suffered by Burundians with colonization.
Before colonization, he said, Burundians made all the instruments and weapons they used and knew good governance. For the President of the Republic, the good management of the resources available to Burundi, the peacebuilding, its socio-economic development and the safeguarding of its culture are signs that show that our country is independent, reason why we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of independence under the theme “Duture igihugu cacu amaboko, umutima n’ubuzima, uburundi bugire iteka” (let us give our all to our country so that it may be honored).
Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye thanked God for the progress made and the step already taken by Burundi since the acquisition of its independence. He is delighted that the celebration of the 60th anniversary comes at a time when unity and social cohesion have become a reality in our country.
He took the opportunity to call on all Burundians to preserve the achievements of independence by providing their contribution to economic sovereignty of Burundi via increasing production. “Economic independence must be our priority,” he stressed. It is worthy to note that fireworks were lit for that occasion, followed by the exhibition of townspeople through songs and dances.
Note that on that occasion marking the celebration of the 60th anniversary of independence, the President of the Republic offered, at the Ntare Rushatsi presidential palace, a welcome dinner to his counterpart Mr. Hussein Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar and to the members of the diplomatic corps as well as the high dignitaries of Burundi.