Burundi: Presidential Aide Injured in Assassination Bid
A presidential adviser in Burundi was wounded in an assassination attempt on Monday, officials say.
Willy Nyamitwe, an adviser to President Pierre Nkurunziza, was attacked by armed men at his home outside the capital, Bujumbura, according to the city’s chief of police.
Rwanda blamed for assassination attempt
Following the bid on Nyamitwe’s life, Burundi was quick to place the blame on neighbouring Rwanda. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurukiye says instructions were sent from the Rwandan capital, Kigali, to plotters in Burundi’s divided military.
A Burundian colonel and two corporals were promptly arrested after the assassination attempt but no further details have been released at this stage.
Burundi regularly accuses Rwanda of instigating conflict in Burundi and supporting rebels in the country. Various reports have been released supporting the claims but Rwanda continues to deny any involvement in Burundi’s ongoing civil conflict.
Nyamitwe’s recent accusations against Rwanda
In October, Willy Nyamitwe, openly accused Kigali of interfering in Burundi’s national concerns – largely suggesting his country’s entire civil conflict was instigated by neighbouring Rwanda.
“The course of events and their culmination which is the failed coup of 13 May 2015 sufficiently prove that the acts of destabilisation of the Republic of Burundi were prepared and conducted from the outside,” he said during a presentation last month.
“And, more specifically, from the Republic of Rwanda, neighbouring country of Burundi and member of the East African Community like Burundi,” he added.
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