Burundi: US and Muslim power

Flag-of-Burundi[2]When I read that African Union (AU) has refused to invade tiny African nation of Burundi, it reminded me Thomas Friedman’s July 17, 2013 Op-Ed column at the Jew York Times, entitled, Burundi is Israel.

US ambassador at United Nations Samantha Power, John Kerry, Ban Ki-moon, EU, and Belgian, Burundi’s former colonial master had urged African Union to deploy 5,000 troops to Burundi to teach country’s president Pierre Nkurunziza who controls Africa.

On November 7, 2015, Rwandan president Paul Kagame, one of world’s greatest war criminals still in power, accused Burundian regime of carrying out “massacre” of country’s people. Paul Kagame has many friends among Zionist Jew leaders, such as, Shimon Peres, the Holocaust stories inventor Elie Wiesel, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author of ‘Kosher Sex’, Canadian academic and NDP leader Gerald Lewis Kaplan, Bill Clinton, Samantha Power, Madeline Albright, and Tony Blair.

US-based advocacy group Refugees International has reported that Kagame regime is training Burundian rebels to topple Burundi government.

In May 1973, Burundi president Col Michel Micombero broke diplomatic relation with Zionist regime. The relations were Israel re-established on March 1, 1996. Since then, Israel provides fellowships each year to Burundians to be trained in different domains through MASHAV, the Israeli Agency for International Cooperation and Development. On return, many MASHAV Alumni, works for Israeli interests including Mossad.

Muslims in Burundi make 10% of country’s total population of 11 million. Country’s main religion is Catholic (63%). Burundian Muslims played a major role in Hutu-Tutsi reconciliation during the civil war that ravaged the country  – and left nearly one million dead – throughout much of the 1990s.

After Hutu-Tutsi genocide, Muslim leaders decided to establish a political platform, Union for Peace and Democracy Party (UPDP) to look after the interests of country’s Muslim community and an ethnic bridge between Christian groups. In May 2015, UPDP president Zedi Feruzi was assassinated by a Christian. Feruzi was considered one of Burundi’s most influential Muslim personalities, especially after the controversial dismissal of veteran politician Hussein Radjabu – president Nkurunziza’s personal mentor – from the ruling CNDD-FDD Party, of which he had been a co-founder.

Professor Sheikh Mohamed Rukara (University of Burundi), the current Ombudsman of the republic, elected by parliament in 2011 is another Muslim community leader.

Burundian Muslim women in country’s politics include; Hafsa Mossi, a respected journalist and former minister for the presidency in charge of the East African Community (EAC), and MP Leontine Nzeyimana, the country’s current minister for EAC affairs. Nzeyimana elected in 2010, became the youngest member of Burundi parliament. She took her oath on Holy Qur’an.

If Western press alone could overthrow a government, Burundi’s would be long gone. Anyone searching the Web for “Burundi” and “News” in the past year would have seen long lists of shrill press quoting shrill Western officials demanding that Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza step down, amidst street protests and armed insurgency, and make way for a “transitional government.” Nkurunziza’’s crime? Winning a third term in office, after Burundi’s constitutional court ruled that he was constitutionally entitled to run for election by universal suffrage a second time. Nkurunziza is hugely popular with Burundi’s rural agricultural majority,” Ann Garrison said.


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