Burundi needs money to hold elections

Burundian spokesman says government needs citizens’ donation to hold elections as foreign donors cut aid

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Burundian government announced on Wednesday it would accept money to pay for election since foreign donors threatened to cut aids if President Pierre Nkurunziza runs for a third term.

Government spokesman Gervais Abayeho said elections, which is due to take place on June 26, would happen whether or not Western governments help, but adding that Burundians needed to do more, donate money.

Abayeho said France and the Netherlands intended to suspend some aid, following Belgium which already cut funding to Burundi.

Burundi has been plagued with violence since April, after the governing National Council for the Defence of Democracy named incumbent President Nkurunziza as its candidate for June presidential elections to be elected for a third term, a desire the constitution limits to two terms in office.

Streets demonstrations were back again on Wednesday, holding peace flags and calling Nkurunziza to withdraw from the elections.

Nkurunziza's supporters say he can run again because he was elected by the parliament, not the people, in his first presidential term, a claim backed by country’s constitutional court.

Nkurunziza delayed parliamentary elections which were set for May 26 by a week, after nearly a month of anti-government demonstrations and a failed military coup in the east African state.

Since the beginning of the protests, 26 have been reportedly killed, hundreds injured and more than 100,000 had to flee the country.


TRTWorld and agencies