Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has been photographed playing football as protests continue over his bid to run for a third term in office. Mr Nkurunziza was playing in his daily kickabout with friends in the capital, Bujumbura. In the latest unrest, a protester was shot dead in Bujumbura. Last week, there was a failed coup against Mr Nkurunziza. Senior officials from both the army and police have been accused of involvement. The protester was shot in the back by police in the opposition stronghold of Musaga, a witness said. On Wednesday Mr Nkurunziza said in a speech on state radio that an insignificant part of the capital was experiencing unrest while the rest of Burundi was peaceful. He urged those who have fled the country to return.
President Nkurunziza is a qualified football coach. His official biography says he “plays as a striker and scores regularly”. The president has his own football team called Hallelujah FC. He combines matches against local team with evangelical prayer sessions. He never travels without his own football team and a choir.
Though the office of a president dznt exempt one from lesiure n some relaxation time, “a man whose house is on fire dosent go about chasing rats”……. reflects some degree of insensitivity.