Burundian leader, General Evariste Ndayishimiye has removed Alain Guillaume Bunyoni from the position of Prime Minister.
The development comes after Ndayishimiye warned some leaders planning a coup against him that they would “fail miserably.”
Ndayishimiye was indirectly referring to Bunyoni, whom he replaced today with General Gervais Ndirakobucuba – the Internal Affairs Minister.
ChimpReports understands Parliament this morning approved Ndirakobucuba’s appointment. He will be inaugurated later today.
The unfolding developments in Burundi evoke memories of the 2015 botched coup plot in Bujumbura.
Army generals attempted to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza as he attended a regional meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
However, Tanzania and Uganda opposed the coup attempt and helped Nkuruziza return to power.
The coup plot sparked a deadly gun battle and later an internal conflict in which hundreds died.
The turmoil left at least 1,200 dead and saw 400,000 flee the country.
Addressing judicial officials in Gitega recently, Ndayishimiye, a war veteran and former close associate of Nkurunziza, warned: “Whoever thinks can oust a military general is deluded.”
He added: “Whoever tries to usurp power forcefully is very welcome. I will defeat him.”
Burundi is yet to fully recover from the effects of decades of conflict in which two presidents have been assassinated.
The office of the prime minister was abolished in 1998, and reinstated in 2020 with the appointment of Bunyoni.
Bunyoni previously served as Police Chief and later Minister of Internal Security.
He has been under sanctions by the United States since 2015 for his role in violence against civilians that marked late president Pierre Nkurunziza’s disputed third-term bid.