The President of the Republic HE Evariste Ndayishimiye enhanced with his presence the official ceremonies marking the celebration of the National Day of Patriotism which were organized in Gitega, the political capital of Burundi.
The day having coincided with the commemoration of the second anniversary of the unexpected death of the late President Pierre Nkurunziza, Supreme Guide of Patriotism in Burundi, the official ceremonies began with a moment of prayers, meditation and a laying of wreaths on the Mausoleum. erected in the center of Gitega, in the presence of the biological family of the Supreme Guide of Patriotism, Senior Officials of the State and Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps.
The ceremonies then continued at the Ingoma Stadium where all public institutions were represented, mainly elected officials, senior executives and executives of the State appointed by presidential decree. This second part of the National Day of Patriotism was articulated around four major themes relating to Patriotism developed by national experts with the aim of sharpening the patriotic sense of the leaders present in the audience.
All the speakers were inspired by the History of Burundi, a Nation and a people who were born from the bravery, unity and Patriotism of the founders of the Kingdom of Burundi: “We must consolidate the foundations laid by our ancestors, who have made national unity, identity and pride pillars of our Nation”
They all hailed the legacy of the late President Pierre Nkurunziza who personally invested in bringing all Burundians together around the same ideal, that of a united, prosperous and dignified Burundi:
“President Pierre Nkurunziza reminded us that our diversities are our wealth. He reminded this generation that ethnic divisions no longer have a place in Burundi. To mark the impact of his legacy, his last resting place deserves to bear the name of Mausoleum of the Renaissance”
Engaging on the same subject, the expert Pr Firmin Ndimira indicated that patriotism also and essentially passes through better management of public affairs:
“I salute the leadership of President Evariste Ndayishimiye who is giving new impetus to the socio-economic development of Burundi. The introduction of program budgeting will undoubtedly enable the Government to significantly improve their performance and their impact on the living conditions of Burundians.”
Speaking to enrich patriotic teachings, President Evariste Ndayishimiye welcomed a radical change in the mentalities of Burundians who have definitely overcome ethnic divisions and only aspire to peace and socio-economic development:
“The impact of the legacy of the late President Pierre Nkurunziza is evident today in the love Burundians have for their homeland. Their words and actions increasingly demonstrate their attachment to Burundi and this is reflected in sharply rising national investments. The fallout can also be seen in Burundi’s acclaimed return to the international arena.”
President Evariste Ndayishimiye also welcomes the will displayed by the political and administrative leaders to restore Burundi economically by always making the law prevail in the management of public affairs.
However, the Head of State counts the challenges that remain in the sector of Justice and the Public Service:
“While it is true that the majority of Burundians adhere to the project of national rebirth through a return to the values of Ubuntu and the rule of law, certain mentalities are tough. State officials must pull themselves together and understand that they are accountable to the Burundian people. “
Indeed, President Ndayishimiye insistently recalls that the planning and execution of public policies are the responsibility of state officials who often assume the right to work at a loss with impunity. He indicated that these unproductive attitudes must be fought because they promote poverty, the source of all evil.
Before closing his speech, President Evariste Ndayishimiye invited all participants to observe a minute of silence in tribute to the late President Pierre Nkurunziza, affectionately known as “Sogokuru” by all Burundians.
These official ceremonies were organized in accordance with the Law of June 04, 2021 on the Establishment and Granting of the Status of Supreme Guide of Patriotism in Burundi of the late President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Source: Ntare Rushatsi House