NEW BOSS? Meet Présidentiel Hopeful & Burundi Strongman Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye

By DailyNewsUG Political Correspondent,

Nervousness and disquiet rules the realm in Burundi as the East African Country awaits winner of the recently concluded general elections that have seen long service president Pierre Nkuruziza step down after 15 years as president.

The core opposition party, National Congress for Liberty (CNL), has claimed the ruling party CNDD-FDD is currently involved in rigging votes.

The entire country is on tension as the Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) is expected to announce winner of the election between 25th-27th May 2020; such a long time considering the anxiety and apprehension at hand.  

Fraudulent insinuations are being made on twitter by Opposition Congress  “On the polling station in Gisuru in Ruyigi province the number of Voters who registered to vote were 350, the turnout was 314 but CENI results reported that 354 voted for CNDD-FDD and 41 voted for CNL bringing total number to 395” – read the tweet.

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Who is the presidential hopeful of the current ruling party CNDD-FDD?

Evariste Ndayishimiye is a Burundi Military General who doubles as the Secretary of the CNDD-FDD Burundi’s ruling party. He has been the ruling party leader since 2016. The Military affairs docket in the office of the outgoing President Pierre Nkuruziza has also been under his control.

Before joining politics, he made his bones and built himself a military career.

Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye as a Youthful Solder

He is a former rebel combatant of the CNDD-FDD who survived the ethnic cleansing of Hutu students at the University of Burundi in 1995.

From 2006-2007 he served as the Minister of the Interior and Public Security.

Evariste Ndayishimiye is among the most influential political figures in Burundi, and a close ally of President Pierre Nkuruziza.

In 2018, Mr. Nkuruziza announced he would not stand for further presidential terms after tweaking provisions in Burundi’s constitution. This action triggered violent protests that many saw as a tactical move to stay in power, a move that sparked violent protests and was seen by many as a way for him to cling to power “forever”.

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Gen. Ndayishimiye was nominated by his party as its presidential candidate in the 2020 Burundian general election a move that was welcomed by many as Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye is adored by many most especially his Military Colleagues.

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