In a bold statement made on August 26, 2023, at the Nkurunziza Peace Park Complex Stadium in the southern province of Makamba, President Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi emphasized the fundamental right of citizens to rid themselves of unjust leaders.
Addressing the Imbonerakure Day event, dedicated to the youth branch of the ruling Cndd-Fdd party, Ndayishimiye condemned leaders characterized by corruption, embezzlement, and a lack of concern for the welfare of the people.
President Ndayishimiye stressed that even international declarations on human rights recognize the population’s right to remove leaders who fail to serve their interests. He declared, “I will not wait for citizens to take to the streets; we will bring the misbehaving authorities to them, so they can be held accountable.”
President Ndayishimiye, current Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, also addressed the crisis in Niger and the potential deployment of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) military force to restore President Mohammoud Bazoum.
“I want to assure you that we are in constant communication with other heads of states, and only a few of them are in favor of the deployment. It’s high time that we, as African leaders, come together and acknowledge that no country should ever launch an attack on another.”