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Friday, 1 April 2016

A BURUNDIAN COMEDIAN ARRESTED FOR TAKING A JAB AT THE PRESIDENT FOR NOT STEPPING DOWN

Kigingi a Burudian comedian, was arrested on Tuesday by Burundi’s National Intelligence Service (SNR), after poking fun at the country’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza. He has been charged with insulting the president.



The SNR officers told relatives of Kigingi that he was arrested for yabbing the head of state, after a skit he performed in neighbouring Rwanda last year. In the skit, he lampooned football-mad third-term Nkurunziza, showing him refusing to leave the pitch despite receiving two yellow cards.
President Nkurunziza’s refusal to step down after two terms and instead run for a controversial third mandate in 2015, triggered bloody unrest, a failed military coup and months of violence that has killed hundreds of people and driven a many to flee the country.

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