Burundian president angry at coup rumors

Burundian president angry at coup rumors

Burundi President Évariste Ndayishimiye has condemned rumours of a coup against him while he was away for two weeks for meetings in Cuba and at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Barely a week after the president left the country on 10 September, stories of a plot against him started circulating on social media.

In his address after arriving back to the country on Sunday night, Mr Ndayishimiye blamed them on “people who have always wanted to paint a bad image” of Burundi.

“Back in the day we went through it, but now our hearts are calm, sleep knowing well that you will wake up and go to your work,” Mr Ndayishimiye said.

Burundi has experienced more than 10 successful and failed coups.

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