Burundi orders 'voluntary' tax to fund fresh elections

This file photo taken on June 4, 2014 shows Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza posing at the Westin Hotel in Paris. Burundi's government has launched a fundraising drive for elections in 2020, presented as "voluntary" but condemned by rights groups as "organised robbery". PHOTO | FRANCOIS GUILLOT | AFP

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  • But Gabriel Rufyiri, head of the anti-corruption board OLUCOME, who has been forced into exile by the crisis, said such fundraising orders are only constitutional for natural disasters.

  • He said that contrary to what the government says, this contribution will be mandatory.
  • An activist said citizens would have to pay the tax in fear of the ruling party's ferocious Imbonerakure youth wing, branded a militia by the UN.

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