The situation in Burundi has not been good since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intentions to run for a third term in the next presidential elections. That did not go down well with sections of the populace taking to the streets and online forums to protest. That has led to chaos. The government went as far as shutting down communication channels like FM radio stations and limiting access to social media channels. Now there is complete internet blackout in the country following a reported military coup according to sources in the country.
Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who announced that President Nkurunziza’s government had been overthrown is a former Ambassador of Burundi to Kenya and had been fired by the President from his role as a chief intelligence officer back in February. This latest development comes at a time when the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, is in neighbouring Tanzania attending an extra-ordinary session of the East African Community Heads of State summit whose major focus is the situation in Burundi and President Nkurunziza is also attending.