Bu­rundi to pur­sue the ‘few’ of­fi­cials be­hind killings

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bu­rundi’s pres­i­dent said those in pos­ses­sion of illegal arms have a month to re­lin­quish them and that author­i­ties will hold to ac­count the “few” se­cu­rity of­fi­cials be­hind cases of killings and tor­ture.

Pres­i­dent Pierre Nku­run­z­iza made the com­ments late on Wed­nes­day af­ter the U.N. hu­man rights chief said this week that there had been an “alarm­ing up­surge” in ar­rests and killings, with some bod­ies of vic­tims show­ing signs of tor­ture.

The cen­tral African state tum­bled into a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis af­ter Nku­run­z­iza said in April he would run for a third term.

Op­po­nents said another five-year term, which he be­gan in Au­gust, vi­o­lated a peace deal that ended a 12-year civil war in 2005, a con­flict that left Bu­rundi awash with arms.

“The gov­ern­ment gives one month to those who il­le­gally pos­sess arms to hand them over,” Nku­run­z­iza said in an ad­dress broad­cast on state ra­dio and tele­vi­sion. “Be­yond this pe­riod, who­ever is caught with arms will be pun­ished.”

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