This Monday morning the press conference that was organized by the Observatory for the Fight against Corruption and Economic Malpractice (OLUCOME) and Speech and Actions for the Awakening of Consciences and the Evolution of Mentalities (PARCEM), was interrupted by the law enforcers that was set to address the challenges and call for the government to reconsider the decision to limit tricycles, motorcycles and bicycles access zones in Bujumbura.
During the press conference held in PARCEM’s enclosure, Burundi’s police entered and asked the organizers Gabriel Rufyiri and Faustin Ndikumana to suspend the press conference citing that they were not authorized to conduct the press conference.
One of the police chiefs of the mission on ground ordered the suspension of the activity indicating that PARCEM and OLUCOME needed to seek for permission before conducting the press conference.
The interruption came at a midst when Rufyiri was thanking Burundi’s government addressing his preoccupations towards the minister for Internal Affairs’ decision to expand perimeter where the mentioned transport means are prohibited to access.
“We wouldn’t like to let people understand that we are totally against that decision. We rather emphasize on the fact of supporting that decision for we are all witnessing the driving insecurities, but what we do not support is the way it is being handled, what I can call methodology. We want to contribute ….” unfinished statement of Gabriel Rufyiri.
In a joint statement between OLUCOME and PARCEM , both proposed the government to temporarily suspend the decision and urgently form a technical commission of experts to study the situation.
“There is need to study the impact and consequences of the measure and propose solution,” part of the statement reads.
This comes after the Internal Affairs ministry extended the deadline for all motorcycles, tricycles and bicycles to be registered, the deadline is expected to expire on March 21st, 2022.