President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday congratulated Burundi’s president-elect Evariste Ndayishimiye for his win – becoming the first head of state in the East African region to recognise the results of the disputed elections.
Last week, Burundi election commission declared Ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye winner of May Presidential elections with 69% of the vote and his chief competitor Agathon Rwasa of the opposition CNL party got 24%.
Mr Ndayishimiye tweeted about his telephone conversation with President Museveni and thanked him for his “efforts towards peace and stability in the region”.
He added: I thanked His Excellency Yoweri Museveni for his tireless support to the People of Burundi and his fruitful efforts towards peace and stability in the region in his capacity of Chairman of the Regional Peace Initiative on Burundi.
The Catholic Church in Burundi says it observed “many irregularities” during last week’s election that call into question results that delivered victories to the ruling party and its presidential candidate.
In an audio statement late Tuesday, the head of the conference, Bishop Joachim Ntahondereye, said the ballot count was conducted in secret, and unauthorized people came and went from the tally room.
“We deplore the many irregularities regarding the freedom and transparency of the electoral process, as well as fairness in the treatment of certain candidates and voters,” said the bishop.
“Faced with these, and other irregularities, we wonder if this does not prejudice the (final) results yet to be proclaimed.”