Burundi’s National Defense Minister General Pontien Gaciyubwenge on Wednesday urged the country’s soldiers to remain politically neutral and disarm civilians if need arises. soldiers
“I give you the mandate to disarm any civilian and take any military uniform from them. I also want to ask you to arrest anyone found in possession of illegal weapons and army uniforms or those found trying to distribute them,” the minister said when he addressed security chiefs from various Burundi regions.
He said those trying to distribute weapons should be considered as people opposed to the national disarmament program and are seeking to fight against the government.
Gaciyubwenge equally urged the soldiers to remain politically neutral during the forthcoming general elections, reminding them that those who contravene this order will be punished in accordance with the military rules.
Burundi will hold the first round of its presidential elections on June 26, and the second round on July 27 if need be.
Before the presidential elections, legislative and communal elections will be held on May 26. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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