World The "ethnicity" column of a bureaucratic questionnaire arouses concern at Burundi
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The controversy rises around a questionnaire sent by the Minister of the Interior and Public Safety to many Burundian and foreign officials working in the country.
The questionnaire seeks to identify each member of their staff, up to the smallest, by several elements including his or her age, his province of origin or since when he was engaged. But it is mainly the "ethnicity" column of this document that sent at the beginning of the week and that has leaked in the press that arouse and anxiety.
Initially, the Almighty Burundian Minister of the Interior and Public Security had targeted broad from public administration to public participation companies, through foreign NGOs.
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But he had to reverse very quickly with regard to these organizations. Many of them have been refusing for three years to make an ethnic census of their staff, denouncing a demand that violates their principles.
"The minister's requirement fell to a worst time while Gitega expects a lifting of the European Union's budgetary sanctions by little," says a diplomatic source in Bujumbura.
General Gervais Ndirakobuca has thus split two days ago of a new circular that excludes foreign NGOs from this count, but for the other categories, the directive is to go quickly.
Some leaders have already begun to "demand" their staff answers to this questionnaire, according to a trade union source.
The Arusha Peace Agreement of 2000 had planned quotas of 60% for the majority Hutu and 40% for Tutsi to the Government, Parliament and in the High Administration, and 50-50 in the Defense Corps and of security. Several concerned have not hidden their "deep" worry, they say to fear of doing the costs of this policy.
A member of the Burundian Senate who sponsored wanted reassuring. The Senate plays its constitutional role, he says, recalling that the fundamental law has changed in 2018. "The objective is to ensure respect for the balances provided for by law," he explained.
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