Forgetting the Root Cause of Burundi's Problems

It is 2016, over fifty years since the independence wave swept the African continent, heroes were created, a new group of leaders was pronounced, Africa seemed to be on a path to take control of it's own destiny.

For then we thought we had our freedom, a right to choose our own leaders but that was short lived as our continent became a battle for religious and political systems.

Anyone of those leaders that seemed to defy the unwritten rule of heeding to their colonial masters instructions was quickly replaced. The likes of Lumumba, Sankara,who seemed to defy against the expected norm didn't live to see their dreams come to fruition.

Our continent has for the past decades continued to play the battleground role for whatever experiment the winners of world war II conceive, for how long will we continue to be their guinea pigs?

Over the past year, the situation in Burundi continues to detoriate and just like so many a time we turn a blind eye to the root cause of our problems. For we engage in finger point accusations that always take us or keep us where they want us to be.

These so called morally upholding countries only care if you play by there interests, we quickly forgot that the British aided Idi Amin in the overthrow of Milton Obote in Uganda in 1972, the Belgians installed Mobutu in Congo, the French played a major role in the 94 Genocide in Rwanda, I can go on and on, they come out to speak human rights only if there co-operations are not benefiting from the current leadership or if it's becoming, "less friendly."

Anyway back to Burundi, lately Rwanda has been dragged into the bloody situation of it's neighbour, fingers are being pointed at the country accusing it of training rebels to fight the Nkurunziza government, "leaked," UN reports even went far as saying the minister of foreign affairs had some rebels staying at her residence, how laughable! not really because there are Africans out there who believe such.

We continue to forget that the situation in Burundi only got to where it is because a leader decided to maintain grip on power despite an unpopular rising, Burundians took to the streets to protest President Nkurunziza's running for a third term, the citizens of this country were tired of a leadership that only made them poorer. Throughout his tenure the country continues always ranks highly on the poorest and most corrupt nations lists.

The British ambassador and permanent representative to the UN, Mathew Rycroft this week talked about, "preventive diplomacy," a term usually used in the abstract, " About the importance of stopping wars before they get started. About ensuring genocide does not happen. About putting out the sparks of conflict before they ignite. About being a smoke detector, not a fire extinguisher," but truthfully do they want really want to get their hands into Burundi? I don't think so.

Why would they if there is a cheaper option? It is cheaper to re-direct responsibility for the continued atrocities or the continued failure to stop them, than to send troops to a country that doesn't fully serve their interests.

These nations continue to play the moral card by keeping their hands clean of the mess? Someone should be blamed and there is no better scapegoat than Rwanda. But do we ever pause and ask ourselves what Rwanda would really benefit from all of this?

The ruling party's militia wing (Imbonerakure) is being equipped with guns and machetes and we continue to ignore the source of these weapons, this continued insecurity in Burundi only benefits one party, the one supplying this armory, last time I checked Rwanda doesn't manufacture guns.

Africa for once let us take a look in the mirror and look at the root cause of these problems, only then can we match on to find the solutions. Burundi's situation all started with a very unpopular third term.

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