Burundi ruling party CNDD-FDD gives birth to a splinter group

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By Robert Mugabe and Jean Luc Ndaruhutse

A group of members of the CNDD-FDD frustrated with the way their party is run have decided to form a new political movement called Patriots Rally for Democracy (MPD) with an opening for members from other parties in what ‘they called Coalition of Patriots for the Restoration of Democracy (CPRD).

The CNDD-FDD said it is not a division or defection, but prefers to speak of misguided activists.

For Onesime Nduwimana, spokesman for the CNDD-FDD believes that the move shows that there is “democratic maturity” when people who cannot follow the rules of the party decide to leave their political party to create another.

“The CNDD-FDD is not a cage or a prison where people are prevented to speak ‘, Nduwimana said adding that the decision also specifies that when a member of the CNDD-FDD is frustrated, he may depart with an option to create their own movement or political party.

Spokesman for the ruling party says there are no influential members within his party militants since the best have fallen in battle. For Nduwimana, the current members of the CNDD-FDD are just political activists who are fighting for political interests: they can therefore leave the party and remains, as always the spokesman of the ruling party.

“The diversity of ideas as the multitude of cultures when it does not create the mess and not bother anyone in his rights of citizenship”, said Onesime Nduwimana while cautioning against any use of force to the claim of anything either.

According to a press statement released on Wednesday Patriots Rally for Democracy (MPD) was born in Teza, commone Bukeye of Muramvya.

The movement which is still to specify its ideology and original hierarchy, has only the rapportour (Samson Manirakiza) who signed the Minutes of the meeting, Antoine Bigirindavyi (spokesperson) and ManassehNzobonimpa (Adviser).

The latter has already recognized the existence of the organization, and argues that the intention is not to conduct an armed struggle but rather fight against the opportunists who try to monopolize the CNDD-FDD and it


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