By Amos Fofung
Authorities in Burundi have set free three teenage girls that were arrested and detained for drolling on a picture of President Pierre Nkurunziza. The schoolgirls scribbled on his image in a textbook.
The country’s minister for justice, Aimée Laurentine Kanyana, told the state broadcaster RTNB that the girls had been released on provisional basis but warned that future cases would result in prosecutions.
“We call on parents to strengthen the education of their children. We remind children that they have to respect authorities, that the age of criminal responsibility is 15,” the minister said.
The three girls were among seven children arrested for allegedly insulting the president earlier this month in Kirundo province. Their four peers were released but they got reprimanded in jail. They spend over a week in behind bars.
A campaign by Human Right Watch rallied support for the schoolgirls with many taking to social media to post scribbled photos of President Pierre Nkurunziza, urging his government to release the girls.