History is unfolding in Burundi as a new President is installed after winning through peaceful elections unlike in previous situations when ascent to power was via coup d’état and wars.
On Thursday, Burundians flocked the political capital Gitega to participate in the inauguration of Maj. Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye as new president of the Republic of Burundi.
The East African country has been mourning the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza that succumbed to heart failure just weeks after the polls were held. He was expected to hand over power but death robbed him.
Neighbouring Tanzania dispatched its former President Jakaya Kikwete and Vice President Samia H. Hassan. They are among invited guests at the inauguration.
Several state activities have been suspended in this country to pave way for this inauguration.
“Final exams scheduled for Thursday and Friday in all high schools in Bujumbura have been suspended,” a source said.
Critics also argue that many people close to the late Nkurunziza are angry at the decision to organise celebrations while the former president has not been buried.
Although Burundi government had threatened to quarantine election observers on arrival into the country, this has not been applied to foreign guests arriving for the inauguration of Maj. Gen. Ndayishimiye.
“The ministry of foreign affairs invites the heads of diplomatic missions to attend the swearing in ceremony of Evariste Ndayishimiye on June 18th, 2020,” reads part of the Invitation letter issued on Monday.