Nairobi: The authorities have arrested two officials in Burundi following an incident when their town’s football team allegedly “roughed up” President Pierre Nkurunziza who was playing during a match with his personal team.
Reportedly on Thursday, the that the administrator of the northern town of Kiremba as well as his deputy, who is in charge of sport, had been charged with “conspiracy against the president” .The administrator Cyriaque Nkezabahizi and his deputy Michel Mutama had recruited players among Congolese refugees living in a camp in the town.
A witness recalls, “These Congolese obviously didn’t know President Nkurunziza because they roughed him up during the match, attacking each time he had the ball and making him fall several times while the Burundian players were careful not to get too close to him.”
The 54-year-old president, a former sport professor at the University of Burundi, continues to practice swimming and cycling and plays up to three football matches a week.
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