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Better to tell the truth to prevent from the repetition of dark times in Burundi


May 26, 2023

MAKAMBA May 26th (ABP) – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), presented on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, to the people of Makamba province (southern Burundi), the report of the activities already carried out by that commission.

TRC (CVR in French acronym) Chair Pierre Claver Ndayicariye asked people to dare tell the truth about the periods that have bereaved Burundi, from 1885 until 2008.

According to Mr. Ndayicariye, the TRC began its investigations in the years 1972-1973 because, he added, that period was marked by remarkable human rights violations throughout the country, and in which certain State agents were involved.

He asked the people of Makamba to build peace, tighten security and justice, avoid lies and fear hypocrisy. “Avoiding to hide the truth, this will prevent the damage that we have seen in the past”, stressed the chairman of the TRC.

He asked the survivors to have a forgiving heart in order to be relieved themselves. For those who committed those crimes, Mr. Ndayicariye asked them to release their children asking for forgiveness.

                                                                                        View of the participants

Responding to the question of the people to know the fate of the land disputes pending following the cessation of the activities of the National Commission of Property and other Assets (CNTB), Mr. Ndayicariye urged those who have them, to wait until the competent authorities legislate on the commission that will take care of it.

The governor of Makamba, Mrs. Françoise Ngozirazana, thanked the TRC which is in the process of popularizing the results from its investigations. She asked that there be a place where they could organize screening sessions of films showing the achievements of the TRC, to allow young Burundians to know the past of Burundi.