Days after Burundi accused Belgium of links to opposition groups blaming it for the spate of killings in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi’s ruling party says all citizens of its former colonial power, Belgium, should leave the country.
Last week, Belgium issued a warning to its nationals saying “those whose presence is not essential” should leave because of increasing levels of violence.
There have been no signs of mass evacuations by Belgians at the airport. Belgium is said to have about 500 citizens in Burundi.
Reports say the statement from Burundi’s CNDD-FDD party is heightening up tensions between the two countries.
In the statement the CNDD-FDD said the Belgian request for its citizens to leave “shows that colonialist-Belgian politicians are ready to go to any length when it comes to issues regarding Burundi”.
The capital city of Bujumbura has witnessed an increase in violence in recent weeks, with bodies found on the streets on a daily basis.
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