Female Burundi politician pleads for ethnic Ganwa

Paris- France (PANA) -- Esther Kamatari, former candidate for Burundi's presidential polls on the ticket of the Abahuza (Rally) Party, has strongly urged President Pierre Nkurunziza to give recognition to the Ganwa, the princely descendants of kings of Burundi.
"President Pierre Nkurunziza has been inducted and I wish that he keeps his promises and that the Ganwa be recognised.
Today, the Burundi Constitution does not recognise them.
If the president wants peace in the country, he should not let a part of the population remain cast aside," she told PANA Monday.
Esther Kamatari regretted that the Arusha Accords, which sealed peace in Burundi, disregarded the Ganwa "to encourage the sharing of the national cake".
"When I talk about the Ganwa, I do not ask for a position of responsibility.
But I think that these people who led Burundi for about five centuries do have a certain experience to participate in the management of public affairs," Princess Kamatari noted.
Chairwoman of the association of France-based Burundi people and niece of the last Burundi monarch Mwamntusa IV and former top model, Princess Esther Kamatari was candidate for the presidential polls in her country in April 2005.

30 august 2005 15:57:00

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