KAMPALA – The Ambassador of Burundi to Uganda, Ms Epiphanie Kabushemeye Ntamwana, has appealed to the Ugandan government to support her country’s upcoming electoral process.
The ambassador made the remarks while meeting Uganda’s Minister of State for International Affairs, Mr Henry Okello-Oryem, in Kampala on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
Ms Kabushemeye briefed the Minister on the political developments in Burundi, notably, the schedule of elections of the next President, Legislature and Senate.
The Ambassador appealed for Uganda’s political support as the country makes the democratic transition in its political leadership, which will be fully funded by the government of Burundi.
Me Okello-Oryem thanked the government of Burundi for its commitment to honest democratic succession, a process that is fully owned and sponsored by Burundi itself. He assured the Ambassador that Uganda remains committed to supporting Burundi as it has always done.
Burundi’s ruling party on January 26, 2020 picked General Evariste Ndayishimiye to replace current President Pierre Nkurunziza as their presidential candidate in an election due in May this year.
CNDD-FDD party picked Ndayishimiye at an extraordinary party congress held in Bujumbura.
Nkurunziza has already announced that he will not seek a new election term and Ndayishimiye, who also heads the department of military affairs in the president’s office, is also an ally to Nkurunziza.
Ndayishimiye, 52, has previously served as interior and security minister and chief of the president’s military and civilian cabinet. He was a key signatory of the 2003 ceasefire that ended Burundi’s civil war.