An independent commission of inquiry into the crimes committed in Burundi reported on Monday (September 4th). It urges the International Criminal Court to investigate, as a matter of urgency, crimes against humanity and other atrocities in Burundi. Its president speaks of a “widespread or systematic attack” against the civilian population. And Fatsah Ouguergouz goes further. He blames “a policy of the Burundian State”. A report that points to a responsibility up to the top of the state, for the first time, trying to dismantle the mechanics that structure this violence.
Pierre Nkurunziza is not mentioned by name, but this report is explicit about what could be his leading role in the crimes committed in Burundi.
According to this text, there would be behind the documented human rights violations a parallel chain of command that has the upper hand over the various groups responsible for these crimes. These are the National Intelligence Service, the police, the army units, and the Imbonerakure, the youth league of the ruling party that the UN describes as a militia. Their links? Inherited from the time when they all belonged to the rebellion of the Cndd-FDD, now in power.
Decisions would be made ” not by the government but by the President of the Republic surrounded by a restricted circle ” of at least five “generals”, including the Minister of Public Security or the Secretary General of the Nkurunziza party.
The head of the presidential communication Willy Nyamitwe reacted strongly by denouncing a Western plot against Nkurunziza, ” because it is the key person in the protection of the nation “. It would be the main objective of this famous plot.
Burundian civil society in exile has always denounced its ” central role ” in repression. She is pleased to see Pierre Nkurunziza implicated for his role for the first time. And it calls on the ICC to prosecute the perpetrators of crimes against humanity committed in Burundi for more than two years, regardless of their rank.
It is a manipulation, since it is a counter-truth …