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Burundi celebrated 62nd Independence Day


Jul 5, 2024

GITEGA/BUJUMBURA, July 2nd (ABP) – Burundians celebrated on Monday, 1 July 2024, the 62nd anniversary of Burundi’s independence under the theme: “Economic independence, the basis of national sovereignty”.

The main national ceremonies took place at the Ingoma Stadium in Gitega (in the center of the country) and were attended by the presidential couple and the President of the Republic of Chad, General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, the country’s leaders and managers, members of the defense and security corps, the Secretary General of the CNDD-FDD party, members of the diplomatic and consular corps and a large crowd of people.

The ceremony began with the laying of a wreath at the monument to the hero of independence, Prince Louis Rwagasore. The President of the Republic then reviewed the troops, which was followed by demonstrations and a military and police parade.

The Intore dancers from Kirundo, the Agasimbo dancers from Makamba and the drummers from Gitega rounded off the festivities.

A view of the people taking part in the parade

In his speech today, the President of the Republic wished all Burundians a happy Independence Day. President Ndayishimiye also thanked his counterpart from Chad, a friend of Burundi, for attending the celebrations. According to him, this was his first visit outside his country since his inauguration in May. Finally, the Head of State presented awards to three people. They were Lieutenant Nderabakura Monfort and Sergeant Nahimana Firmin, who have worked tirelessly to maintain peace and security in the east of the Republic of Congo, and General RH Aliouni Samba, who led the peacekeeping forces of the United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB). In Bujumbura, the economic capital, the 62nd anniversary of Burundi’s independence was celebrated on the Boulevard de l’Indépendance, presided over by the Mayor of Bujumbura, Jimmy Hatungimana.  The celebrations were marked by colorful performances, including dances and a long procession of workers from different sectors.

In his speech, the Mayor of Bujumbura warmly thanked all those who took part in the parade, as well as the various dance groups and drummers who enlivened the celebrations. He also referred to the speech given by the President of the Republic on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of Burundi’s independence, in which he stated that 1 July is an important day for the Burundian people, during which they celebrate the courage of those who shed their blood for the independence of the Burundian people.

According to the Mayor of the City of Bujumbura, this is an opportunity to take stock and evaluate the steps already taken in order to make the further efforts necessary to achieve the national vision of making Burundi an emerging country by 2040 and a developed country by 2060.

According to Mr Hatungimana, the 62nd anniversary of Burundi’s independence comes at a time of peace and security, which provide a solid foundation for development. He therefore called on the population of the economic capital to take advantage of this situation of peace to work towards self-development. He also invited the women who work as itinerant traders at Bujumbura City Hall to form cooperatives in order to benefit from loans from the Women’s Bank.