Uganda’s Foreign Affairs minister Hon. Gen Jeje Odongo on Thursday attended the 59th National Independence Celebrations of the Republic of Burundi.
Jeje joined the people of Burundi, international guests and friends of Burundi to celebrate the 59th anniversary of the independence day on behalf of President Museveni.
The country declared its independence on July 1st 1962 and changed its name from Ruanda-Urundi to Burundi.
On July 1st, 2021, the man of the match General Evariste Ndayishimiye, the President of the Republic of Burundi.
On the eve of the celebration, HE Evariste, addressed the Nation in front of an audience of National Leaders and Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps at Ntare House, the new State House located in Nyambuye.
The new state house, named after Burundi’s first king Ntare Rushatsi who unified the country and fought against its enemies.
The 59th anniversary of Burundi’s Independence was celebrated on the theme: “Understanding and fully playing your role as a citizen in national life is the basis of real independence”.
After the Message to the Nation, there followed a moment of conviviality and exchanges.
The ceremonies are enhanced by the Presidential Couple and began with the laying of wreaths and a moment of meditation at the Mausoleum of Prince L. Rwagasore, Hero of Independence.
Among the Distinguished Guests was the Central African President HE Faustin A. Touadéra, the Prime Minister of Rwanda SE Edouard Ngirente, Hon. Kenneth Lusaka, Speaker of the Senate of Kenya and Prime Minister of Tanzania HE Kassim Majaliwa who represented Her Excellency Samia Suluhu.