Mr. Nkurikiye said that the political violence had diminished compared to the first week of the campaigns that resulted to at least three people losing their lives. PHOTO|FILE
As the electoral campaigns are in its second week Burundi authority said that at least 30 CNDD-FDD and 5 CNL militants were injured during the confrontation between the party supporters ahead of the general elections slated for May 20th 2020.
“95 suspects were arrested over this week for further investigations in the violence and crimes committed during the electoral campaigns recently,” said Burundi’s public security spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye.
Mr. Nkurikiye said that the political violence had diminished compared to the first week of the campaigns that resulted to at least three people losing their lives.
“The political violence decreased only fraud temptation increased with illegal propaganda,” said the police spokesman.
According to Nkurikiye, militants who were arrested on both sides beheld tangible proof, “for us to arrest a person we conduct deep investigation to know who did what where and when and who helped him,” he added.
This comes as the CNL political party led by Agathon Rwasa accused the authority of targeting its supporters as more than 200 of them were detained in the first week of the campaign.
This comes as the country is less than a week to hold its first self-funded general elections that will see the incumbent president Pierre Nkurunziza leave the office after 15 years in power.
The rallies for the presidential seat will end this May 17, 2020 while all political parties and independent candidates have been campaigning since May 27, 2020.