Burundian authorities insist that their northern neighbour, Rwanda, was largely responsible for the chaos and instability the country has been experiencing since April last year.
Burundi accuses Rwanda among other things of recruiting and training insurgents to engage in acts of instability. Other accusations border on the arming of anti-government elements and dispatching spies.
Willy Nyamitwe, a senior media advisor to President Nkurunziza, outlined how Rwanda had continually breached international laws by political and security interference during an presentation in Oslo.
Nyamitwe’s presentation titled ‘Current and future prospects for stability in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Focus on Burundi and Rwanda,’ also blamed the attempted Coup d’Etat of 2015 and other armed attacks on Rwandan machinations.
‘‘The course of events and their culmination which is the failed coup of 13 May 2015 sufficiently prove that the acts of destabilization of the Republic of Burundi were prepared and conducted from the outside, and more specifically from the Republic of Rwanda, neighbouring country of Burundi and member of the East African Community like Burundi,’‘ he added.