CIBITOKE/KAYANZA November 7th (ABP) – The torch of peace, 16th edition, was welcomed in Cibitoke and Kayanza provinces.
In Cibitoke province the torch of peace was welcomed by the governor of Cibitoke province, Col. Pol Carême Bizoza, which was given to him by his counterpart from Bubanza, Mr. Cléophas Nizigiyimana, on Thursday November 3, 2022 at the start of the evening in Nyamitanga in Buganda commune on the border of the two provinces before heading towards the province of Kayanza on Friday, November 4 where he was welcomed by the President of the National Assembly.
Before taking the direction of the capital of the province Cibitoke, the torch was handed over by the governor of Cibitoke to the Prime Minister, Mr. Gervais Ndirakobuca, who had enhanced with his presence, the arrival of the torch, in his native province. Thus, the torch was welcomed by the population of Cibitoke, which was numerous, along the RN5, before staying, in the provincial capital, in Rugombo commune.
The next day, the torch went to Mabayi commune, where it illuminated the community works, through the paving activity of three classrooms, for the extension of the Ruseseka communal high school, in Mabayi commune. Governor Bizoza thanked the “Intwararumuri” team for this 16th visit, and the support provided in the construction of schools, health centers, and other socio-public infrastructures. The Provincial Director of Education in Cibitoke, Mr. Joseph Nyandwi expressed his satisfaction for this support for the extension of the Lycée Communal Ruseseka, and urged school officials to maintain, as a good father, the infrastructure built.
In Kayanza province, the president of the Intwararumuri Association at the same time president of the committee for the organization of the peace torch caravan Mr. Baranyikwa Epipode announced that the 16th edition of the torch journey will be officially launched by the president of the Republic of Burundi Evariste Ndayishimiye on November 2, 2022. He was speaking during a lively press briefing on Wednesday October 26, 2022 in Bujumbura. “Tuzirikane igihugu cacu mugukoresha neza itunga rusangi” (witness our patriotism through the good management of public affairs) is the theme for this year, he said.
Retracing the history of the torch of peace, Mr. Baranyikwa said that it began in Burundi in 2006, a year after the inauguration of the late President Pierre Nkurunziza. The Peace Torch Caravan will tour all the provinces of the country with a number of sets of materials to lend a hand and encourage community development work in all four corners of the country. Some activities will be organized in collaboration with the Ministry of East African Community Affairs (EAC), Youth, Sport and Culture, the Ministry having tourism in its attributions as well as the National Olympic Committee (NOC). He specifies. Throughout its route, he said, the caravan of the torch of peace travels through all the provinces of the country, conveying the message of peace, understanding and peaceful coexistence.