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Commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye


Oct 24, 2023

BUJUMBURA/BURURI/CANKUZO/CIBITOKE/KARUSI/MAKAMBA/MURAMVYA/ MWARO/NGOZI/RUTANA October 24th (ABP) – Burundi commemorated, Saturday October 21, 2023, in all provinces of the country, the 30th anniversary of the assassination of the hero of democracy, the late president Melchior Ndandaye.

In Bujumbura province (western Burundi), the Mutambu commune hosted the day’s ceremonies which began with a mass in his memory. They continued at the monument of the hero of democracy where wreaths were laid by the office of the governor of Bujumbura, the Mubimbi commune, political parties such as CNDD-FDD, Sahwanya FRODEBU and APDR.

The governor of the province Désiré Nsengiyumva, in his speech, indicated that the assassination of the hero of democracy was followed by large-scale killings throughout the country, and that we were there to remember what happened to mean never again. He stressed that power comes through elections, while calling on political parties to prepare for them in order to compete. He added that the winner of the election must lead in the interest of everyone. He urged leaders of political parties losing the elections to help the winner propel the country towards development by participating in community works and other projects in the interest of the citizen.

In Bururi province, the ceremonies began with a mass celebrated at the Queen Mary Cathedral of Bururi, then followed the laying of wreaths at the independence monument by representatives of the provincial and communal administration, representatives of the parties approved politicians, namely CNDD-FDD, UPRONA, SAHWANYA FRODEBU, CNL and APDR.

In his speech on the occasion, the governor of the province Léonidas Bandenzamaso returned to equitable justice in society, a source of peace and security. He asked the population and especially the leaders to practice rabbit breeding in every household and in educational establishments.

In Cibitoke province, the ceremonies were enhanced by the presence of the provincial governor, Carême Bizoza, accompanied by a representative of MPs. They began with an ecumenical prayer, where the Cibitoke Parish Priest prayed for bravery, for the benefit of the country’s leaders, like the hero of democracy. He also prayed for the Burundians, who must follow in the footsteps of the hero of democracy, who advocated justice for all and the freedom of every citizen. Afterwards, there was the laying of nine wreaths, starting with that of the administration, followed by six from the political parties, and two for the women’s forum and the youth forum. The ceremonies were closed by listening to the speech of the late President Ndadaye, after the victory of his party “Sahwanya FRODEBU in 1993.

In RUTANA, the ceremonies of that day began with a mass at the Saint Joseph Cathedral of Rutana, which was followed by the laying of wreaths at the monument of unity, by representatives of the administration, the forces of defense and political parties.

Addressing participants in the ceremonies, Governor Mr. Olivier Nibitanga announced that churches built from bamboo in Rutana province will be closed in order to protect the population against accidents that may occur. He explained that constructions of that type cannot withstand heavy rain.

Mr. Nibitanga called on representatives of religious denominations to check that their churches are built in stone. He also specified that the geographical institute of Burundi (IGEBU) announced high rainfall that year compared to past years, and that losses of human lives have already been recorded in Makamba province, following the collapse of a church due to torrential rain. Starting from the same cause, Governor Nibitanga invited the population to be concerned about hygiene, but also to take precautions in order to protect their homes against rainwater.

In Karusi province, after the mass celebrated at the Sacred Heart parish of Karusi, the ceremonies took place at the monument of both independence and unity. The national anthem preceded the laying of wreaths by the administration and representatives of the CNDD-FDD, UPRONA, SAHWANYA FRODEBU and APDR parties.

The public then listened to the speech of the hero of democracy during his inauguration.

He spoke of the advent of a new Burundi where justice, tolerance and equity would reign. Peace and security, respect for human rights, safeguarding national unity, freedom of citizens, work and development, good management and equitable sharing of national heritage would be the main characteristics of the new Burundi, according to the late president Melchior Ndadaye.

The governor of Karusi, Mrs. Dévote Nizigiyimana, regrets the unfortunate events that are celebrated in the month of October. The hero of independence and that of democracy have marked the history of Burundi. They must serve as an example to everyone. She asked participants to examine their consciences to say whether or not they are campaigning for democracy. Yes, one of the characteristics of democracy is the election, do the people’s elected representatives remember their duty as good leaders for the interest of the people, as desired by our late heroes, wonders Ms. Nizigiyimana.

In Ngozi, the ceremonies were marked by prayer and the laying of wreaths by administrative officials and political parties working in that province. Participants had the opportunity to follow the speech of the late President Melchior Ndadaye, after his party’s victory in 1993.

The new governor of the province, Désiré Minani invited the participants in those ceremonies to imitate the good example of outside democracy and to perpetrate the legacy bequeathed to the Burundian people.

The ceremonies for the 30th anniversary of the assassination of the hero of democracy in Cankuzo province took place in Cendajuru commune and were marked by a mass in his memory and the laying of wreaths.

Addressing the people, Governor Boniface Banyiyezako called on the population to follow the legacy of the hero Ndadaye while tackling self-development work. He also urged students to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

In Makamba province (southern Burundi), the administrator of Makamba, Ms. Zuena Irakiza, indicated that the commemoration of the assassination of the hero of democracy reminds us to respect human dignity and freedom of expression that Ndadaye advocated. She therefore asked the people to protect the environment to increase production.

The governor, Mrs. Tantine Ncutinamagara, called on the population to strengthen fraternity and unity, the basis of all development. She further advised him to implement the advice of leaders from different sectors of life in the country.

In Mwaro, the ceremonies took place in Nyabihanga commune and were characterized by prayer, the laying of wreaths and listening to the speech of the hero of democracy.

The Muramvya province (central-west) also joined the other provinces of the country. The festivities followed the program of the other provinces already mentioned. In his message, Ephraïm Ndikumasabo indicated that the difficult and painful times that Burundi experienced were caused by the selfishness and sadism of those who wanted to kill the leaders in order to replace them. He stressed that in accordance with the norms of democracy, power emanates from the people through the ballot box and not through abominable crime, he insisted.

For Governor Ndikumasabo, the commemoration is an opportunity for everyone to be free in accordance with the laws in force. To the various heads of services, he asked them to serve as a light so that the difficult times that befell Burundi never return. The fight against the nighttime theft of REGIDESO wires and meters was given by the governor as a challenge to succeed and that even the denouncers will be rewarded with the aim of strengthening security.

According to Mr. Ndikumasabo, a campaign against drug growers, traders and consumers will be launched in Muramvya province. The population of the province, especially the heads of provincial and communal services, have been mobilized for the breeding of rabbits and the assessment of the state of affairs is scheduled for October 30.