BURUNDI (AP) Burundi’s government says it will issue a new proclamation on the country’s independence day to mark the end of a decades-long military dictatorship and to mark an “indigenous” nation’s first day in modern times.
Burundi was established as a republic in 1962 by President Pierre Nkurunziza.
The new proclamation, issued late Sunday, is a celebration of the “democratic, democratic republic” that Nkubo Kabaiza and his supporters have led for more than 40 years.
The announcement came a day after the government announced it was banning the Internet.
The move came amid protests over the government’s plans to privatize state-owned oil company Nkaba.
Nkuruiza, a former military leader who rose to power in a 1989 coup, is serving a 15-year prison sentence for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.