Burundi will on Thursday officially have a new president beginning his 7-year term of office and bring an end to the vacuum caused by the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza that succumbed to heart failure on June 8th.
All roads will lead to Gitega the political capital of Burundi as Maj. Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye will be sworn in to take over as the new President of the Republic of Burundi. He will be the 9th President since Independence.
The list of former presidents of Burundi includes; Michel Micombero,Jean-Baptiste Bagaza,Pierre Buyoya, Melchior Ndadaye, François Ngeze, Sylvie Kinigi, Cyprien Ntaryamira, Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, Domitien Ndayizeye, and Pierre Nkurunziza.
Five years ago in 2015, Maj Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye attended the swearing in ceremony for former President Pierre Nkurunziza. But this time, he will be taking oath in the absence of the man he had been with through the bush and government.
Maj. Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye is a cunning military man that has remained elusive without a military uniform. At the swearing in ceremony in 2015, he appeared in a red suit. He sat with military men all in uniform except him as he watched keenly the process.
Considering the previous searing in ceremonies, Burundi does not hold flashy ceremonies. The 2015 swearing in of Nkuruziza was actually held indoors.
Colour and Fashion
The General may be described as a man that likes primary colours. He usually goes for striking blue and red but has recently switched to all black.
According to psychologists, blue colour is often associated with feelings of serenity, so those who love it are often able to find peace and tranquillity in places where others do not. People who love to wear blue are said to be easy to get along with, reliable, and, for lack of a better word, lovable.
Burundi’s incoming President Gen. Ndayishimiye loves his blue colour. He has been seen in a blue overall and suits. He beams with a wide smile.
However, this General also dons red – a colour that psychologists associate with people that are Bold, sexually charged, and want to make a lasting impression.
On Election Day, Gen. Ndayishimiye arrived at the polling station wearing a black suit- this is a colour psychologists say is associated with people that are Part moody, part sophisticated.
Their realistic view of the world keeps their pessimism and moodiness in check, while their simple approach to always keeping things dark and dreary makes them appear far more sophisticated than they might actually be.