Ugandans Find Humor in Burundi's All-Too-Familiar Third Term Crisis

Burundian president Pierre Nkuruzinza. Photo released under Creative Commons by the World Economic Forum.

Burundian president Pierre Nkuruzinza. Photo released under Creative Commons by the World Economic Forum.

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza‘s attempt to extend his two-term limit led to mass protests and later an unsuccessful military coup on May 13, 2015 while he was on a regional meeting in Tanzania. The coup delayed his return to Burundi.

A total of 18 African countries do not have presidential term limits, although new research suggests that most Africans support two-term presidential term limit. Politicians clinging to power despite the will of the people is no laughing matter, but a little laughter is sometimes just what the doctor ordered.

The failed coup in Burundi led to a slew of humorous tweets, especially from Ugandans whose own president is seeking a fifth term.

Kemigisa Jacky, a Ugandan journalism student, making reference to Nkurunziza's supposed claim that God has approved his bid for a third term, wrote:

Ugandan Twitter user MartinAhabwe asked Nkurunziza:

Some created the #NkurunzizaPlaylist hashtag, where they share titles of songs for Nkurunziza.

The YouTube video below was shared on Twitter under #NkurunzizaPlaylist by Mkandamizaji. This was before Nkurunziza returned to Burundi from Tanzania following the coup. The song is “I Am Coming Home” by Morgan Heritage:

Allan Ssenyonga, a Ugandan teacher and writer, chose a song by the late American rapper Tupac Shakur:

Uganda Twitter user Ellis Ralph went for American musician Tyrese:

While Odokonyero, a pharmacy student, opted for singer R.Kelly:

Elizabeth Paulat, a freelance journalist based in Kampala, Uganda, chose British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap:

@mmnjug selected British R&B singer Mark Morrisson:

The Royco Guy imagined Nkurunziza stranded in Tanzania with a single suit:

He also imagined how the hotel would treat him as an ‘ex-president':

Despite the crisis engulfing Burundi, laughter is still the best medicine.

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