Burundi military reinforced by Rwandan rebels FDLR have reportedly involved in intense gun battle against Red Tabara rebel movement in neighbouring DR Congo.
According to local media reports in Burundi, the fighting has been sighted in Masango in the Uvira area, South Kivu Province.
Reports also indicate that the Gumino rebel group based in DR Congo has put its weight behind the Burundian forces to battle Red Tabara rebels.
Burundi is scheduled to enter the Presidential campaigns on Monday April 27 and analysts say President Nkurunziza’s actions to wage war against Red Tabara rebels inside DR Congo at this time is aimed at distracting the campaigns and therefore outcome of elections in May.
Meanwhile, a Burundi based radio RPA (Radio Publique Africaine) has launched an online survey seeking views on the country’s handling of #COVID-19 and forthcoming elections.
“As the world faces the coronavirus, RPA and Inzamba radios and Renaissance Television are giving you the opportunity to express your thoughts on the fight against the pandemic in Burundi. Just take a few minutes to answer the different questions below,” reads a message on the survey sheet online.
According to organisers of this survey, the identities of respondents would be protected and totally remain confidential.
“The three media guarantee you respect of anonymity in the treatment of your answers. Thank you,” the survey organisers promised on the webpage.
Questions on the web page may have triggered the government to interfere with the survey. Burundi has kept extremely tight lipped on information about #COVID-19 and the general elections scheduled to start on Monday morning April 27.
“Burundian authorities have so far not taken any action to ban public gatherings, arguing that God will protect Burundi from the Coronavirus. How do you find this attitude?” reads one of the survey questions.
Another question probes respondents whether Burundi government should have taken actions like in other countries to close schools, public gatherings, bars and churches and also suspend elections.
“Do you think the measures below, some already taken in other countries, should be taken in Burundi? Postpone electoral campaign and elections,” reads part of the questionnaire on the web page.
The questionnaire also prompts respondents to share their views on whether God is the only solution to #COVID-9 pandemic.
“Burundian authorities have so far not taken any action to ban public gatherings, arguing that God will protect Burundi from the Coronavirus. How do you find this attitude?” reads the questionnaire.
On Saturday, Burundi officially reported it confirmed 15 Covid19 cases. The first two COVID-19 case were reported on March 31.
This is not the first time RPA radio has fallen in trouble with the government. Five years ago, this Monday, Burundi started a crackdown on independent media. Radio RPA was shut down at the beginning of anti-Nkurunziza protests before it was burnt down on May 15, 2015.