A senior spokesman of the Burundian government has accused the United States of meddling in Burundi’s internal affairs.
Willy Nyamitwe, senior advisor to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, said the government believes the United States is not well-informed about what is happening in Burundi.
There have been violent protests in Burundi since the ruling by the Constitutional Court on Tuesday that CNDD-FDD party nominated Pierre Nkurunziza could stand for a third term in the coming June 26 presidential election.
Acting United States Deputy State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Tuesday the United States believes the only way to respect both the terms of the Burundian constitution and the Arusha agreement is for Nkurunziza not to seek a third term.
Nyamitwe said the ruling party believes Nkurunziza has the right to seek another term.
In response to sentiments by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who said the decision by Nkurunziza to seek a third term violates Burundian laws, Nyamitwe said no government or institution can impose itself in the internal affairs of another country.
Meanwhile, protesters Monday clashed again with police leaving at least three dead. Dozens of people, including police officers, have been hurt.
Following the protests, East African foreign ministers arrived in Burundi Wednesday fo talks to help ease the warring air in Burundi.