The Government of Rwanda deplores the inflammatory and un-African statements made by Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye during an event in Kinshasa on 21 January 2024.
President Ndayishimiye, acting in his capacity as the African Union Champion for Youth, Peace and Security, in an event advertised under the banner of the continental organisation, made several baseless and incendiary allegations aimed at inciting division among Rwandans, and further jeopardizing peace and security in the Great Lakes Region.
Rwandans have worked diligently to strengthen unity and foster the country’s development. Young Rwandans have embraced this opportunity, are taking ownership and actively contributing to building a brighter future for themselves.
For anyone to try and undermine this progress by calling on young Rwandans to overthrow their government is troubling. But for a leader of a neighbouring country to do so, from an African Union platform, is deeply irresponsible and a flagrant violation of the African Union Charter.
Rwanda has no interest in creating conflict with our neighbours. We will continue to work with partners in the region and beyond to foster stability and continued development.