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Burundian parliament votes new prime minister

Gervais Ndirakobuca the-then ministry of home affairs replaces Alain-Guillaume BUNYONI to become the sixteenth P.M after the rumors went on saying that he was preparing to overthrow the government the week before.

On Wednesday the 7th of September, members of the parliament unanimously approved Gervais Ndirakobuca as a new prime minister.

Burundi’s president Evariste Ndayishime early Wednesday proposed a new name to the deputies, the former minister of home affairs, community development and public security to replace Alain Guillaume Bunyoni.

He was approved by 100% of the Burundi bicameral legislature that is 113 out 113 votes. All voted hands-up though some wanted the poll to be secret.

The proposal came some days after the president alleged some senior authorities around him of preparing a coup.

Speaking to VOA, Agathon RWASA, the leader of the opposition party CNL (Congrès National pour la Liberté), said that the new change should not much interest in the ruling party CNDD-FDD only, rather should be for all other political parties.

“We hope that the new government will work according to public interest”, said Rwasa.

The same day of his approval, Ndirakobuca took oath in front of president Ndayishimiye, deputies and senate, and public in the house of parliament at Kigobe headquarters.

Gervais Ndirakobuca the-then ministry of home affairs replaces Alain-Guillaume BUNYONI to become the sixteenth P.M after the rumors went on saying that he was preparing to overthrow the government the week before.

They have been on the same battleground as FDD rebellion.

Not only had the government been changed but also the head of civil cabinet in the presidency was, one day before.

Aloys Sindayihebura replaced Gabriel NIZIGAMA by decree as the head of civil cabinet in Burundi presidency on Thursday, a day after. In addition, Burundi president also decreed the new Head of Military cabinet in Burundi presidency as well as ministers which includes five news figures coming in whereas other ten retake their positions.

The new nominated ministers took oath on Friday 9 September, 2022 in front of the president Evariste NDAYISHIMIYE and the Burundi bicameral legislature.

Observers including ADPR one of the opposition parties says that the new government is not worthwile, because there is no big change as the majority of ministers were kept.

Experts call up the new government to invest in real issues that Burundi is suffering from including mainly economic shortfalls.

“This new government should work in togetherness and resolve the problems of a nation”, said activist Faustin NDIKUMANA a head of civil society for mentality change (PARCEM).

What comes first is to find solutions to fuel scarcity, inflation, sugar shortages, and cement. Also. Work on good governance and fighting corruption.

Other parties saluted the move of the president to reshuffle the government as to embark on presidential program as planned to fight against poverty “each pocket gets money and each mouth get fed”.

The president of Burundi has been pointing out fingers to authorities who are not collaborating with him sometimes impeding his guidelines.

The changes have also occurred in Burundi army and police, since after the new prime minister approved the leaders of those respective boards were changed by the presidential decree.

The story was written by Charles Ndayizeye, Fellow at Inside Burundi, edited and approved for publication by Espoir Iradukunda

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