Word is still trickling in about the arrests of 12 soldiers and one officer involved in an alleged coup plot tonight in Burundi. I have heard nothing but skepticism so far around town. One analyst texted me: “Weird and staged thing.” Another: “Staged – almost certainly.”
More arrests, according to the BBC report, are still forthcoming. President Nkurunziza, it seems, continues to tighten his grip.
I just got off the phone with Alexis Sinduhije, the opposition candidate.
“They are going to arrest me again,” he said. “They are going to arrest me and say Alexis has plotted to overthrow the government.”