Bu­rundi ex­pels Rwan­dan diplo­mat

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bu­rundi has ex­pelled a Rwan­dan diplo­mat, whom it ac­cuses of desta­bil­is­ing the coun­try, a Burundian of­fi­cial has told the BBC.

De­sire Nyaruhirira had been a top ad­viser at the Rwan­dan em­bassy in Bu­rundi for many years.

The ex­pul­sion comes amid wors­en­ing re­la­tions be­tween the east African neigh­bours.

Last week, Bu­rundi ac­cused Rwanda of train­ing rebels seek­ing to desta­bilise the coun­try, al­le­ga­tions it de­nies.

The Burundian of­fi­cial, who told the BBC Great Lakes ser­vice why Mr Nyaruhirira had been ex­pelled, re­quested not to be named.

Rwanda has not com­mented on the ex­pul­sion.

Re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries have been strained since Bu­rundi’s pres­i­dent Pierre Nku­run­z­iza de­cided in April to run for a con­tro­ver­sial third term in of­fice, a de­ci­sion Rwan­dan pres­i­dent Paul Kagame crit­i­cised.

They de­te­ri­o­rated fur­ther af­ter Bu­rundi ac­cused Rwanda of host­ing failed coup leader Gen Gode­froid Niy­ombare, who tried to seize power in May.

Pierre Nku­run­z­iza and his Rwan­dan coun­ter­part Paul Kagame were once on good terms, even play­ing football to­gether when they vis­ited each other’s coun­tries.

Re­la­tions be­tween Rwanda’s Paul Kagame (L) and Bu­rundi’s Pierre Nku­run­z­iza (R) have soured

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