November 24, 2020

Kidum shocked with death threats ahead of home trip

Jean-Pierre Nimbona, Burundian musician commonly known for his musician name Kidum said he received death threats via social media in advance of returning home for a performance in capital Bujumbura that took place on 3 September 2016.

 The musician, who fled Burundi in 1995 due to political instability and made Kenya his new home, said he began receiving threats once the concert was announced from anonymous people, who called themselves Burundian politicians, saying they would kill him if he returned.

“You, who have such an evil plan to kill me, using fake identity of people from Burundian opposition, just keep your mind on killing me because I am not afraid of coming to my home country. He early pronounced before landing to Burundi.

Kidum responded to the anonymous threats with a Facebook statement that Burundian opponents should not condemn his will of peace recovery in native country.


“I am shocked with some people’s expressions! You menace me only because I wish Burundians reunited and peace recovery in our country. I thought you are concerned with all who talk and defend Burundian rights but you do not even want me to return to my country and performing music is a serious turpitude”.

Burundi has been embroiled in political turmoil since April 2015, which has severely limited the possibilities for open and free artistic expression or political speech. The threats to Kidum are yet another example of a growing dangerous trend in a country rocked by violence that has silenced artists or caused them to flee.

In 2016 the troubling trend continues with even harsher violations. At the beginning of the year, musician Pascal Treasury Nshimirimana arrested and shot dead by police. Circumstances around the case are still unidentified.

Kidum was invited back to Burundi by the Kenyan ambassador to Burundi to perform as part of a trade fair expo between the two countries.

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Théogène U

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