Sep 02 2010

Sinduhije on Burundi: missed chance for democracy to flower

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Alexis Sinduhije, one of Africa’s great journalists, is somewhere in Europe, waiting out the tense aftermath of the failed election this summer in Burundi. Sinduhije withdrew as a candidate for president some weeks prior to Burundi’s national election June 28. From an undisclosed location this week, Sinduhije gave me a glimpse of his anger at Burundi’s elite — and his criticism of Western donors for permitting his country’s dysfunctional leadership to delay the inevitable turn to social and political reform. Writes Sinduhije: “I am surviving trying to re-collect my movement as the ruling party and the government are busy to destroy it. Trying to get sponsorship to fund the work of organizing the party again. As you know election was rigged and the entire West let it go and remains silent on harrass, torture, killing and jailing of the opposition members. It is a shame.”

For more from Sinduhije, see his recent essay in The East African.

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