The great lakes eye has been reliably informed that President Nkurunziza and his inner cycle are engaged in a mafia deal to steal DRC’s mineral resources, exploiting timber and other precious minerals extracted at Mwenga territory in South Kivu Province. According to the grand scheme designed by President Nkurunziza himself, the Government of Burundi is set to exploit timber in Mwenga forest at land surface of 100 hectares.
Other sources from Burundi’s Kitchen Cabinet indicates that President Nkurunziza intends to implement the project through a front company known as unité d’exploitation de la forêt de Nkunda based in Mwenga territory.
The projects core business will be exploitation of timber, export of precious minerals, hydrocarbon and the business will be managed by CNDD-FDD’s shady business company called SCANIA. Nkurunziza’s inner cycle have advised him to involve and bring into the business deal foreign multinational corporations from countries the regime regards as their political allies to get involved into the illegal scheme to exploit minerals in DRC’s territory of Mwenga.
Security experts familiar to the project have told the great lakes eye that the project will serve as an opportunity for Nkurunziza’s government to keep an eye on the activities of Burundi’s opposition forces operating in South Kivu and to act as a backup for Burundi’s declining Economy and serve as a source of fund for CNDD-FDD campaigns.
The Recipe for Disaster
Meanwhile, CNDD-FDD militia forces known as imbonerakure are involved in acts of torture targeting members of the Catholic Church and those of Seventh-Day Adventist Church for supporting Agathon Rwasa. Recent incident was reported in Rubuye/Ngozi province, where policemen and imbonerakure stabbed to death a defenseless churchgoer.
Although, President Pierre Nkurunziza has suppressed external reporting on Burundi, the current political and humanitarian crisis shows no signs of abating.
Burundi’s self-inflicted political instability has directly impacted living conditions. Its economic growth shrank from 4.2 percent in 2015 to 0.4 percent in 2019 under the weight of high level corruption and fiscal mismanagement. Since 2017, the government has been unable to pay civil servants on time, a source of public acrimony given that the state employs 80 percent of Burundi’s salaried workers.
Forced contributions to CNDD-FDD
For a couple of years, the CNDD-FDD has made “contributions” to the Treasury mandatory for every family , a widely unpopular move given the high levels of youth unemployment. Contributing to the economic downturn is a new policy introduced in 2018 that requires foreign aid groups and charities to provide the government with staff lists that identify their employees by ethnicity. Most groups chose to depart rather than comply, further disrupting service delivery.
Burundi’s health sector has been hit particularly hard. Despite a veneer of stability, Burundi’s crisis rages on, taking a toll on civilian safety, political governance, economic and social development, and overall regional security.