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Burundians may need to pay for their next election

Civil servants will sacrifice a tenth of their salaries to finance the poll where President Pierre Nkurunziza plans to run for a fourth term.

FILE: Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza stands at the Presidential office in Bujumbura on 17 May 2015. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - Burundians are being asked to pay for their next election in 2020.

Civil servants will sacrifice a tenth of their salaries to finance the poll where President Pierre Nkurunziza plans to run for a fourth term.

It was Nkurunziza’s determination in 2015 to run for and win an unconstitutional third term in office that got Burundi into trouble.

Since then, political violence has left more than 700 people dead and displaced 400 others.

Foreign aid previously used to finance elections has dried up as donor nations deplore Nkurunziza’s power grab.

As a result, citizens have been asked to make direct contributions while civil servants will be tied to make contributions to the president who refuses to step down.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)