Burundians are all in celebration mood as the country marks its 58th Independence anniversary.
At National level, the celebrations are being held at the boulevard de l’Independance in Bujumbura town hall. President Evariste Ndayishimiye is presiding over the celebrations.
Celebrants have been treated to a grand parade mounted by the Army and the police. For the civil parade, the workforce is set at 58 people per institution.
The civil parade divided into two groups. State, para-state and private institutions on the one hand and Adventist youth, cheerleaders, “Abana ba Ntare” and Scouts on the other.
According to Zéphyrin Maniratunga, chairman of the committee responsible for organizing national holidays, “For the civil parade, the institutions do not exceed 58 people, a figure corresponding to the number of years of independence of Burundi.”
Burundi claimed independence on 1 July 1962, and legally changed its name from Ruanda-Urundi to Burundi. Burundi became a constitutional monarchy with Mwami Mwambutsa IV, Prince Rwagasore’s father, serving as the country’s king. On 18 September 1962 Burundi joined the United Nations.