The Intamenwa or Indivisibles! An Event to Mobilise Youth for Peaceful Elections in 2015

 Under the support of USAID, through Search for Common Ground Burundi (SFCG), CEDAC held an event in the course of the Intamenwa Project in Bubanza Province. The event began with a march through the city of Bubanza where between 4,000 and 5,000 people, predominantly youth, showed their support for the need for peaceful dialogue and an election free from violence. The march wound its way through the city and eventually came to a conclusion at the stadium of Bubanza where they were met with a warm welcome and events for the afternoon.

The event was a huge success, with welcoming speeches and shows of support for the programme from Mr Isaac Ndayisenga, General Director of the Interior Ministry and by Mr Anselme Nyandwi, the Governor of Bubanza who also showed his solidarity for the event. Mr Eric Niragira from CEDAC and Ms Floride Ahitungiye, the representative from SFCG explained the importance of the programme as a vehicle for developing platforms for youth groups to freely express their ideas without the fear of politically motivated and often violent reprisals.

This initiative was established to strengthen the resolve of youth groups to resist manipulation by political organisations, often ending in violent confrontations. The project which is running in five provinces across Burundi, aims to show youth the importance of freedom of expression and the necessity of an electoral process free from violence and intimidation. This is very important in a country like Burundi which is recovering from an extended civil war were politically motivated violence was a driving factor. By reaching out to youth, we at CEDAC hope to end the potential for this happening again and thus build a stable and peaceful society for all Burundians.

The event was attended by Mr Adolf Rukenkanya, the Minister for Youth, Sport and Culture along with the five Administrators from the Bubanza provinces, other dignitaries and representatives from various NGOs.

The day was a huge success and would not have been possible without the performances given by the Youth Drumming Group for the CNDD-FDD, actors and masters of ceremonies and the Band for Peace and Love. Again CEDAC would like to thank all those who helped to make the day possible and all of those who turned out to show their support. Without you the day would not have been the huge success that it was. 

 

 

 

 

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