Nkurunziza accuses Kagame of wanting to ‘export genocide’

The remarks come days before Rwanda marks the 22nd anniversary of the genocide of 800,000 people.

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Stormy relations between Great Lakes neighbours have been dragged to new lows by Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza charging that his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame wants to export genocide.

The remarks come days before Rwanda marks the 22nd anniversary of the genocide of 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu moderates.

The allegations by Nkurunziza and Burundi's ruling party chief Pascal Nyabenda that Kagame wants to play the minor imperialist are particularly keenly felt in Rwanda.

United States and other Western powers have expressed concern about Kagame's meddling in regional affairs.

He's criticised his Burundian neighbour for taking an unconstitutional third term in power.

But Kagame himself plans to follow suit albeit after winning a referendum scrapping presidential term limits in Rwanda.