EU ambassador labels claims of meddling in Burundi politics ‘fake news’

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European Union (EU) Ambassador Kristian Schmidt has denied claims from Burundi that the EU is attempting to destabilise the country’s political environment.

Speaking on Twitter, the Head of Delegation to Uganda labelled the accusations as “fake news”, designed to distract from the real political issues taking place in the troubled African nation.

 

‘Fake news’

 

Schmidt’s Tweet comes in response to fresh accusations from inside Burundi that the EU attempted to destabilise the country in 2014 and 2015. The Burundi government claims to have found documents that reveal “terrible facts” regarding the European bloc’s involvement in efforts to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza in 2015.

 

 

Burundi accused the EU back in October last year, claiming the EU had “lost all credibility” for meddling in Burundi politics:

 

 

“The EU has lost all credibility for having been behind the destabilisation of Burundi,” the Tweet from presidential advisor Willy Nyamitwe said.

 

Burundi claims to have proof

Now Burundi claims to have documents that prove the EU was involved in attempts to overthrow President Nkurunziza in 2015. Government Spokesman Philippe Nzobonariba says these documents reveal that the EU “financed people and organisations” responsible for an attempted coup that kickstarted Burundi’s ongoing security crisis.

“The uncovered document now confirms that some actors like the EU have encouraged the move of operating the change of the regime in Burundi,” the spokesman said in a statement.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.