Ex-president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter who is currently under a six-year ban from football for ethics violations following his resignation as the boss of football’s world governing body just last year as the organisation was mired in corruption allegations, is certainly an interesting character.
Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi’d incumbent president who won a controversial third term in office and plunged his country into chaos is another character of interest.
So what could throw this two interesting men into the same story mix? Sepp Blatter has alleged that he was asked by Swiss authorities to help ease Burundi’s political crisis and he in keeping with that, had offered Nkurunziza a job.
In a new book, Mr Blatter says he offered keen football fan Pierre Nkurunziza an ambassadorial role in exchange for the leader stepping down. His book quotes him as saying;
“I proposed to the president… if it could be an advantage for him or his country, Fifa could deploy him as an ambassador for football in Africa, or the world.”
The approach had apparently taken place in May last year, shortly after the protests against President Nkurunziza’s attempt to win another term began.
President Nkurunziza however declined the offer and went on to win the controversial third term. The Swiss ministry although confirming their approach for help to Sepp blatter, denied seeking President Nkurunziza’s resignation. A statement which they put out said; “The intention was to contribute to a peaceful solution in order to prevent the current crisis in Burundi”.
Nkurunziza is known to be an avid lover of the sport of football, he owns his own side, Hallelujah FC, and once coached a Burundian first division team. He was even been photographed playing football as protests grew against him last year, his office told the BBC that the President had indeed been approached by Sepp Blatter but he had merely been a pawn in the hand of powerful Western nations, whom they refrained from naming.