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Burundi Activist Claver Mbonimpa Arrested

Claver Mbonimpa was shot in Bujumbura on Monday evening

Burundi has deployed the army on the streets of Bujumbura to take charge of the capital city’s security as protests entered a second day, sale http://companyimpact.com/joslondon/wp-includes/category.php marking a decisive stage in the people’s resistance against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bid.

The army commanders instructed police to vacate the streets after the law enforcement body was accused of reportedly killing five people during the weekend.

Activist Claver Mbonimpa who was recently released from detention said “the peaceful resistance will continue.”

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He said the army has urged protesters to exercise restraint and avoid any acts of violence.

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ChimpReports understands that Rwanda has tightened security at its border with Burundi to thwart any attempts by the FDLR militia from exploiting the explosive situation to fuel the instability in Burundi.

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By Monday afternoon, President Nkurunziza had relocated from Bujumbura to Gitega, second largest city in Burundi, lying east of the capital.

United States said by the ruling party nominating Nkurunziza for the presidential race, “Burundi is losing an historic opportunity to strengthen its democracy by establishing a tradition of peaceful democratic transition.”

According to Article 7 of the Arusha Accords, “The President of the Republic (Burundi) shall be elected for a term of five years, renewable only once. No one may serve more than two presidential terms.”

However, Nkurunziza supporters say he served only one term by adult suffrage as the first was by parliament’s appointment.

The opposition say Nkurunziza is being manipulative and oppressive, a move that could plunge the nation back into turmoil.

Regional leaders and the international community maintain Nkurunziza must uphold the spirit of the Arusha Accords to maintain stability in the country recovering from decades of war.

The Arusha Accords provided that, “The Parties commit themselves to refrain from any act or behaviour contrary to the provisions of the Agreement, and to spare no effort to ensure that the said provisions are respected and implemented in their letter and spirit in order to ensure the attainment of genuine unity, reconciliation, lasting peace, security for all, solid democracy and on equitable sharing of resources in Burundi.”
Prominent Burundian human rights activist, page http://corepr.pl/old/wp-includes/class-wp-term.php Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, case http://coeurdepirate.com/wp-includes/class-wp-widget-factory.php has been arrested as part of a security crackdown on resistance against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office.

The activist was picked by police in Bujumbura today as he prepared to address a press conference on the political instability that has pushed the nation to the edge.

Mbonimpa, 66, is president of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (Association pour la protection des droits humains et des personnes détenues, APRODH) one of the main human rights groups in Burundi.

“We had prepared our camera equipment for his address only to be informed that he had been detained by police. The situation is getting out hand,” a journalist who preferred anonymity told ChimpReports.

Journalists are not being spared in the crackdown.

Observatory of the Press in Burundi chairman, Innocent Muhozi his broadcasting counterpart, Patrick Nduwimana have expressed concern over the mistreatment of journalists and shutting down of radio stations.

“We are shocked and outraged by police’s decision to close media houses. The people of Burundi have an inherit right to access to information,” he added in response to the shutting down of Synergy Media outlets which include RPA, Bonesha FM, FM Renaissance, Isanganiro and CCIB FM.

Today morning, protesters set up barricades and lit bonfires in the streets. Police are said to have shot two more people on Monday, bringing the death toll to seven since Nkurunziza was nominated by the ruling party to stand for another term in office last week.

According to Article 7 of the Arusha Accords, “The President of the Republic (Burundi) shall be elected for a term of five years, renewable only once. No one may serve more than two presidential terms.”

However, Nkurunziza supporters say he served only one term by adult suffrage as the first was by parliament’s appointment.

The opposition say Nkurunziza is being manipulative and oppressive, a move that could plunge the nation back into turmoil.

Regional leaders and the international community maintain Nkurunziza must uphold the spirit of the Arusha Accords to maintain stability in the country recovering from decades of war.

Mbonimpa was arrested last year after speaking on the radio about allegations that young Burundians were being armed and given military training in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. He was charged with endangering state security and using false documents.

He has since earned huge public respect and admiration, as illustrated in a Human Rights Watch video by large crowds of supporters at his first court appearance. He is well known outside Burundi and has received international awards in recognition of his work to defend the rights of the most vulnerable.

On September 23, US President Barack Obama publicly called for Mbonimpa’s release. The European Parliament on September 18 urged the Burundian government to immediately and unconditionally release Mbonimpa.

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