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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pan African CLimate Justice Alliance 2011 Caravan of Hope Abandons Participants

2011 TransAfrican Caravan of Hope Abandoned participants (caravanites) with No Food, Water and Transportation Thousands of Kilometers from their Home as well as Caused the False Imprisonment of the Burundian Caravan Team

Dear Sirs and Madams:

We the caravanites, participants in the 2011 Pan African Climate Justice Alliance Trans African Caravan of Hope run by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)(Kenya) and funded and supported by your organizations, come now before you seeking vindication and recognition of our suffering and the violation of our human and civil rights, as well as financial and emotional redress due to the gross wrongdoing by PACJA in abandoning the caravan participants with no food and water and little rest for up to 10 days on the long return trip to our homes in Africa after the caravan participated in the Global Day of Action in Durban at the 17th UN Climate Climate Change Conference.

Not only did PACJA fail to provide the carvanites food and water for over a week on the long trip from Durban, but PACJA abandoned many caravanites along the road with no funds, refusing to take them to their homes as promised and for which the caravanites had paid.

Finally, PACJA not only abandoned the Burundian Caravanite Team with no money or food, 1500 kms from their home in Chalize, Tanzania in the middle of the night, contrary to their contractual agreement for which they were paid, to return the Burundian team to Bujumbura, but PACJA maliciously caused the false imprisonment of the Burundian team by the Tanzanian police which jailed the Burundians and subjected them to 12 hours of interrogation before setting them free to find a way back to Bujumbura on their own and with no funds.

We, the above participants on the caravan, because of this malfeasance, have brought our story to you below, hoping your commitment to transparency and accountability by your partners will motivate you to do a full investigation of PACJA and its conduct of this Trans African Caravan of Hope in both its financial and human mismanagement. Below, you will find our story as told by the Burundian team in detail. We would be happy to provide you any further information you require.

We believe that an organization that would mistreat the people of Africa who traveled valiantly under great duress to make their voices, the voices of the African people, heard at Durban, is not an organization that can then represent those same people with respect to Climate or any kind of justice. We are calling for a full investigation and sanctions and for you the donors and supporters of this caravan to hold PACJA and its agents accountable for this gross malfeasance and mistreatment of the very people it purports to represent.

Burundian Team Report (French version following)


On Decemeber 12, 2011, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) abandoned the Burundian Caravan Team of fourteen people in a police station in Charlize, Tanzania, over 100 km from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and 1500 km from their home in Bujumbura, Burundi. This was contrary to PACJA’s agreement with the Burundian caravanites to return them to Bujumbura, Burundi after leaving the 17th United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Durban South Africa. Each of the 14 Burundian caravanites had paid Fourteen Hundred US Dollars ($1400.00) for the caravan from Bujumbura to Durban to be returned to Bujumbura.

PACJA abandoned the Burundian Caravanites, contrary to their agreement and to common decency and human compassion with no food, no water, no money and no way to get home. Furthermore, they had failed to pay the Burundians and all of the caravanites any of their promised per diems for food and water since 4 December 2011, the day before the caravan left Durban for the return trip home, and the caravanites were hungry and thirsty. Finally, the caravan had stopped for rest only twice in seven days of travelling and the Burundian team and all the caravanites were exhausted and some were ill.

This is the Burundian’s Team Report on their experiences on the 2011 Trans African Caravan of Hope and how PACJA came to totally abandon them and have them falsely imprisoned.

1. Bujumbura
The Caravan commences in Bujumbura, Burundi. There was an initial problem of the organizers boarding two more persons than planned and three who could not pay the cost of the caravan. A total of 17 Burundians boarded the caravan.

2. Kigali, Rwanda
Fourteen (14) Burundian caravanites paid $1400.00 US each for the cost of the caravan to PACJA. Mme Abdulmajid, PACJA’s administrative and financial officer, refused to provide receipts to the Burundian caravanites for their payments. This was to be a common complaint among all the caravanites. Three Burundians did not have the funds to pay for the trip. The United Nations Development Program had provided each of the 14 Burundians these funds to pay for the caravan. In exchange, PACJA promised to provide roundtrip transportation from Bujumbura to Durban, lodging, breakfasts and $50.00 US per diem for food, water and incidentals while en route and $80.00 US per diem in Durban due to the higher cost of living.

3. Nairobi, Kenya

Once the caravan arrived in Nairobi, PACJA began to fail to meet their obligations to the caravanites. The failed to provide breakfasts every day as agreed and PACJA only paid us $40.00 US per day per diem instead of the $50.00 US promised. The caravanites discussed this failure with Mme Abdulmajid, the Administrative and Financial Officer for PACJA, who promised that the per diems would be increased in Durban. (In actuality, once Durban was reached, the perdiems were reduced drastically and actually not paid on many days.)

4. Llilongwe, Malawi.
The number of persons on the caravan grew quite large by the time it reached Llilongwe. In addition to PACJA failing to keep its agreement; PACJA had failed to provide breakfasts as agreed; there was also a complete lack of transparency in the management of the caravan. Further, PACJA failed totally to provide information and to communicate to the caravanites about all aspects of the caravan, including travel plans, lodging, eating, rest, and even toilet breaks.

As well, evidence of the total lack of planning became apparent as all hundred caravanites were switched from one hotel to the next in one location purportedly due to high cost. This is something that the bare minimum of advance planning would have shown.

The caravanites met with the PACJA representatives on the caravan to address all these problems, lack of information, communication, transparency and planning. The caravanites negotiated with the PACJA logistical team that each country’s caravan team would be represented by a delegation to form a general managing logistical team. However, the PACJA logistical team made up of Kenyans only refused this attempt at inclusiveness and actually became more dominant instead. They also failed to improve their planning and communication with the caravanites or to become more open and honest about what was going on.

At this point, the caravanites experienced a crisis of confidence in PACJA. They lost faith in the ability of PACJA to manage the caravan due to all the problems the caravanites were experiencing: lack of planning, lack of rest, the failure of the organizers to keep their agreement, lack of transparency, information and communication with the caravanites.

The bus started travelling at night with little rest for the caravanites. Time for meals and bathroom breaks were not planned. Hotels were switched during longer stays as previously mentioned. The caravanites grew tired, hungry, and frustrated and felt deceived.

5. Zimbabwe-Botswana Border
At the border between Zimbabwe and Botswana, Botswana refused entry to the Burundian and Rwandan caravanites. Despite the requests of the Burundians and Rwandans to keep the caravan united, PACJA decided to divide the caravan. While the rest of the caravan went on to Botswana, we Burundians and the Rwandans were left behind and sent back to Zimbabwe in the middle of the night alone, with no security, to travel through Zimbabwe, around Botswana, to Pretoria, South Africa. Fortunately the Burundian and Rwandan teams arrived safely in Pretoria two days later where they rejoined the rest of the caravan.
In addition the trip to Botwasna for the rest of the caravanites was a waste. Only two Botswanans joined the caravan and the caravanites participated in a small event at their hotel with one low level speaker. This was another instance of lack of adequate and thoughtful planning by PACJA.

6. Durban, South Africa
After fourteen hours of driving most of the afternoon and all night from Pretoria, exhausted and hungry, with no breakfast or water, upon arrival in Durban in the wee hours of Sunday morning, November 27th, the approximately 130 caravanites were taken by PACJA to “lodging” that was uninhabitable. There was no water. There were no locks on the doors. Bathrooms were shared between men and women and yet there were no doors on the bathroom stalls.

After a long discussion whereby the caravanites objected to this lodging, PACJA took the three busloads of approximately 130 caravanites more than 100 km out of Durban to stay for three nights where it was difficult to access the activities for which we had travelled all these kilometers and suffered all this hardship.

This “situation” the caravanites found themselves inDurban , along with all the other mistreatment we had suffered, illustrated our leader’s lack of concern, fairplay, and compassion for us, the caravanites, as well as their lack of capacity and planning for a trans continental caravan of over 100 people.

7. People’s Space, COP 17, KWa Zulu Natal University, Howard College
Finally, three days after we arrived in Durban, PACJA took the caravanites to the dormitories at Howard College, Kwa Zulu Natal University which was the location of the people’s space for COP 17. (PACJA had originally planned for us to go there, but when we arrived on the morning of November 27th, the college was still in session and the students were in their dorm, a fact to which, any small amount of planning should have alerted PACJA.)

At this time, communication between PACJA and the caravanites worsened. PACJA failed to provide participants even a basic daily itinerary of events despite the caravanites request for same. Furthermore, PACJA diminished the caravanites daily living expense instead of increased it as promised, despite the high cost of living in Durban. Nor were breakfasts provided as agreed. The last two days of the stay in Durban, December 3rd and 4th, PACJA totally failed to pay the caravanites any money for food and water or provide breakfasts. People became hungry and irritable.

At this point, most of the caravanites doubted the whole point of the caravan, given PACJA’s numerous failures, complete insensitivity to the health, welfare and concerns of the caravanites and PACJA’s failure to provide opportunities for the caravanites to participate in COP 17 events. The caravanites began expressing serious doubts as to PACJA’s ability and concern to return all the caravanites to their home safely, in good health and with respect for their human dignity.

Many caravanites, depending upon their financial resources, individually and collectively organized alternate means of travel to their homes. We, the Burundian team, having paid a sum total of $19, 600.00 US for our round trip transportation and food, did not have the funds to arrange an alternate return to Bujumbura.

Instead, consequently, we attempted to work with PACJA to assure a successful, safe and healthful return for themselves to Bujumbura via the caravan. The Burundian team met with PACJA where we advocated for the shortest route to Bujumbura from Dar Es Salaam rather than traveling through Nairobi. The Burundian team also advocated for a ten day trip with time to sleep at night in hotels instead of the 6 days advocated for by PACJA with no overnight hotel stays.

During these negotiations, PACJA agreed to pay the team half of their per diems at the start of the trip and the other half in Bujumbura. When PACJA failed to pay half of the per diems at the start of the trip as agreed, PACJA then promised to pay the per diems in Pretoria, which they failed to do. PACJA then promised to pay in Lusaka, which they failed to do. PACJA never paid any of the caravanites any per diem or any money during the long return trip from Decemeber 5th to approximately Decemeber 14th and for December 3rd and 4th, the two days in Durban before the caravan left Durban. While some of the caravanites were fortunate to have their own funds to feed themselves, we,the Burundians, and many of the caravanites had given all of their funds to PACJA and had no money to buy their own food or water during the long trip home.

From Pretoria, South Africa, the caravan drove three days and three nights to Lusaka, Zambia without stopping for the caravanites to rest and with few stops for bathroom or food breaks, not that most people had money to buy food or water. In this way PACJA spared any lodging or food costs but sacrificed the health and welfare of the caravanites.

After stopping briefly in Lusaka during the day for rest and a breakfast, the caravan’s motto and modus operandi became Nairobi at all cost. The Kampala bus drivers and the PACJA team conspired to go almost nonstop from Luska to Nairobi, dumping caravanites off with no money to get the nearest transportation to their homes in Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.

Conditions became completely inhumane. People were searching for food, any little scraps to eat, in the bus compartments; PACJA asked for money from the caravanites to pay for petrol for the busses, and animosities broke out between, the hungry, fatigued and deceived caravanites. The Caravanites lost complete confidence in PACJA. Names like “caravan of Thieves” and “caravan of Deception” were bandied out. When one caravanite was dumped out in Zimbabwe to take the bust to his home with no money, he cursed out the PACJA representatives on board who had pretended that the busses were only going for petrol and not abandoning another group of caravanites along the return home.

In a complete nightmare scenario, PACJA dropped the Burundian team at the Chalize Polic Station (Pwami District) in Tanzania, about 100 km from Dar Es Salaam and 1500 km from Bujumbura, at midnight, while the rest of the caravan continued to Nairobi. (Those from Dar Es Salaam were dumped out to find their own way home to Dar Es Salaam.)

Before dropping we, the Burundians, with no assistance at the police station, PACJA tried to force us to sign a waiver as to our safety, however we refused to sign it. PACJA then dropped us off at the Police Station knowing they had no funds for transport, food or water.

At the police station in Chalize, we were put in jail and interrogated for 12 hours. When the police finally let us go, we called team members who had flown ahead to Bujumbura who gave us contacts of Burundians in Tanzania to help them get funds to take the bust to Dar Es Salaam and then to Bujumbura. We contacted our embassy in Tanzania but it was not able to help. We also contacted PACJA chief, Mithika Mwenda, by email, but he did not reply to our plea for help. We had to wait for two days in Dar Es Salaam before being able to catch the bus to Bujumbura. All this time we got financial and other assistance from Burundians living in Tanzania. During our two day wait for the bus, some of us stayed with families, while others stayed in a hotel. When we finally arrived in Bujumbura, we were exhausted and some of us were ill.

III. Our Goals in raising our Concerns Before you:

1. Expose PACJA’s horrendous failures, wrongdoings, and mistreatment of the caravanites;
2. Expose the threat to the health of the Burundian team and all the caravanites after so many days without water, food, rest, and opportunity to wash, who feared they might finish the caravan in a hospital bed;
3. Refuse and reject the inhumane conditions of the caravan;
4. Express our ccondemantion of our mistreatment by being abandoned as miscreants to the police instead of as heroes and honored caravanites who had accomplished an important and honorable feat;
5. Defend the honor of our country which cut the commencement ribbon of the caravan on 9 November 2011 at Stadium Prince Luis Rwagasore and under the patronage of S.E> Premier Vice President of the Republic of Burundi. We also wish that it be remembered that PACJA utilized the image of the caravan starting in Burundi in its promotion of the caravan;
6. Defend the stature of our respective organizations which we were representing that worked hard to ensure the successful launch of the Trans African Caravan of Hope on Climate Change.
IV. Concerns
1. How could PACJA abandon the Burundians, their partners in forming and launching this caravan, more than 1500 km from their home in Bujumbura with no financial or other support?
2. How could PACJA have abandoned the Burundians and all the caravanites with no money for food and water, and no rest on the long return trip home?

V. Recommendations
1. We ask that you follow up on this incident which risks becoming a diplomatic incident. Require PACJA to compensate the Burundian team they abandoned and all the caravanites and our respective organizations for their physical, emotional and financial suffering and for the affront to their dignity;

2. We ask you to require PACJA to provide a full explanation of its abandonment of Burundian Citizens more than 1500 km from their home;

3. We ask that PACJA do an investigation and establish the persons in the organization responsible for this malfeasance and take appropriate actions against them in order to preserve the brand and image of the caravan;

4. We ask that PACJA apologize to the Burundian government, participants and civil society who worked hard for the success of the Caravan before seeing their team abused by the agents of PACJA;

5. We ask that PACJA’s donors and participants require an external audit of the financial, logistical and total management of the caravan. As we have described there was much suspicious and unethical behavior in the eyes of the caravanites who, at the time, did not wish to incur retribution by raising their concerns.

French Originals by the Burundian Team

Caravaniers Burundais Bujumbura, 25/12/2011

Aux Responsables des organisations ayant Participés dans
La Caravane transafricaine d’Espoir sur le changement climatique
Objet: demande de soutien

Mesdames et Messieurs les responsables,

Nous avons l’honneur de vous adresser cette correspondance pour solliciter auprès de votre autorité un soutien morale afin de donner une suite qui viendrait à notre faveur concernant l’incident qui a occasionné l’abandon par PACJA des caravaniers Burundais en Tanzanie.
En effet, le Panafrican Climate Justice Alliance, PACJA en sigle est une organisation qui a organisé ladite caravane Bujumbura-Durban 2011 pour la COP17. Dans ce périple, cette organisation devrait prendre en charge totale tous les caravaniers y compris les ramener dans leur pays respectifs. Néanmoins, PACJA n’a pas hésitée à laisser les caravaniers burundais à plus de 1500km de Bujumbura.
Ce comportement indigne a causé un dommage moral aux burundais quitte à en exiger une suite.
Le document en annexe vous parle de A à Z la genèse du conflit.
Comptant sur les conseils sages que vous allez nous prodiguer, nous vous prions de croire à l’expression de nos sentiments les plus distingués.

Les caravaniers burundais de la COP 17
­La dégénerescence de la situation a l’abandon des caravaniers Burundais a plus de 1500km de Bujumbura par PACJA
· Chronologie des faits durant toute la caravane:
1. Bujumbura: dès le départ, tout commence par le dépassement de la liste de ceux qui devraient prendre part dans la caravane. Au lieu de 15 personnes, les organisateurs de la caravane embarquent 17 dont 3 trois sans frais de subsistance;
2. kigali : retrait obligé à tous les caravaniers Burundais de la totalité des frais de voyage reçus de la part du PNUD et sans donner pragmatiquement des éclaircissements y relatifs. Les 14 caravaniers ont donné chacun 1400 dollars US au PACJA ;
3. Nairobi: - au niveau du Kenya, constant amer était que l’équipe organisatrice de la caravane commençait à ne pas respecter ses engagements notamment sur l’octroi des breakfasts; à ce niveau, 3 manquements étaient déjà à constater pour en totaliser 6 plus tard avec tout le trajet de l’allée. A noter que le breakfast va de paire avec les frais d’hôtel.-l’Administratrice Financière de PACJA, Mme FATIYA Abdulmadjid accorde aux caravaniers Burundais des frais de subsistance a hauteur de 40 dollars US par individu, par jour et pour 28 jours alors que les projet parlait de 50 dollars durant la caravane et 80 à Durban suite à la cherté du cout de la vie dans cette ville qui allait abriter la COP17. Tout de même, Mme FATIYA promettait de revoir à la hausse ces frais de subsistance une fois arrivé à Durban.
4. LILONGWE: plus le trajet devenait long, plus les caravaniers devenaient nombreux. Ils ont constaté unanimement qu’il y a un problème délicat de communication et de manque de transparence sur la gestion de la caravane. Séance tenante, tous les caravaniers confondus demandent à être impliqués et représentés délégation par délégation afin de renforcer l’équipe kenyanne seule gestionnaire mais qui semblait plus maitriser la situation. selon la conclusion de ladite réunion, ce sont les volets de communication-organisation-logistique qui ont le plus attire l’attention des caravaniers. Partant, des volontaires ce sont proposés dans l’espoir de rendre moins tressant la caravane. Mais, l’embelli a été de courte durée car notre offre n’a pas été bien reçue par les gestionnaires kenyans très monopolisant. Une crise de confiance s’est installée depuis le refus de cette offre bénévole!
5. ZIMBABWE: sur la frontière Botswano-Zimbabwéenne, les caravaniers burundais et rwandais se voient refuser le visa d’entrée. Au lieu d’insister et maintenir la solidarité des caravaniers, PACJA décide de diviser les caravaniers en deux et nous laisser derrière et d’avancer avec ceux qui sont en ordre à savoir les ougandais, les kenyans, les tanzaniens, les zambiens et les zimbabwéens! Une autre caravane venait de naître en un mot. Ignorant que nous étions les pionniers de la caravane, PACJA nous intime l’ordre de retourner au Zimbabwe en pleine nuit et sans sécurité pour contourner le Botswana. Dieu merci, on a pu rejoindre nos anciens compagnons et se consolider sur Pretoria deux jours après.

6. Durban: A l’arrivée dans cette ville qui abritait la Cop17, les caravaniers épuisés par le long voyage refusent unanimement de camper dans un hôtel que PACJA leur avait réservé parce que jugé inhabitable; non seulement, il était dépourvu d’eau que les caravaniers avaient tant sollicité pour des besoins de toilette mais aussi hommes et femmes contraient de partager les mêmes douches et toilettes non fermées!
Après une longue discussion, la solution de PACJA a été d’emmener les caravaniers à plus de 100km de la ville pour y séjourner durant trois nuitées. Ce qui a montré en suffisance le manque de Fair-play est de compassion de la part de nos gestionnaires et responsables.
7. COP17( kwazulu Natal Haward college )
- Le problème de communication a persisté malgré maintes suggestions d’amélioration de la part des caravaniers. Le simple fait de communiquer sur le programma de la journée restait un casse-tête pour nos coordinateurs !
- Nos droits de séjour sur Durban : au lieu de revoir à la hausse les frais de subsistance comme convenu sur Nairobi, ils ont été sensiblement diminués pour être fixés à 300 Rands Sud Africains soit l’équivalent de 37.5dollars US pour 6 jours ; un montant mentionné nulle part dans les documents. Entre temps, les caravaniers faisaient face à la réalité de la cherté de Durban.
Face à ces deux problèmes ci-haut cités, la plupart de caravaniers commençaient à douter sur les conditions du chemin retour et sous la responsabilité de PACJA. Curieusement, beaucoup de caravaniers, individuellement ou collectivement organisent en privé le retour anticipé dans leurs pays d’origine et chacun suivant ses moyens financiers. C’est dans ce contexte que l’Equipe du Burundi (sans ressources financières) a particulièrement saisi PACJA pour négocier(en réunion) avec succès un chemin retour le plus court possible à savoir Dar-Es-Salaam –Bujumbura. Le but principal était de faire voyager les gens dans de bonnes conditions quitte à arriver étant en bonne santé. Sur les 10 jours de trajet, PACJA en accorde 6 et avec promesse d’octroyer la moitié des frais de subsistance sur place et une autre moitié quand nous serons sur Bujumbura.
Malheureusement, on a quitté Durban sans recevoir aucun sous de la part de PACJA mais dans l’espoir d’être établis dans nos droits une fois sur Pretoria. Pretoria n’a accouché que d’une souris, Lusaka et Bulawayo(Zimbabwe) mêmement! Ces reports sur reports n’ont abouti qu’à une perte totale de la petite confiance/crédibilité que les caravaniers (tous confondus) pouvaient garder en ces gestionnaires de PACJA.
Ø Conditions de voyage inhumaines : sur le chemin retour, trois jours successifs de route nuits et jours en bus de Pretoria à Lusaka alors que les caravaniers sentaient toujours les séquelles de la fatigue de l’allée! Ceci épargnait bien sûr PACJA des tracasseries des frais d’accommodations et de breakfasts.
Ø Nairobie coûte que coûte : devenus très maîtres de la situation, les chauffeurs de Kampala Coach assistés par l’Equipe PACJA, décident de reproduire le scenario de Pretoria et faire toute la Tanzanie sans arrêt pour atteindre Nairobie ! Malheur à l’équipe burundaise qui les a rappelé qu’elle doit passer par Dar-Es- Salaam ; elle s’est vue détournée et conduite dans une Station de Police de Chalinze (District de PWANE) à plus de 100km de Dar-Es-Salaam pour y être arrêtée et soumise aux interrogatoires intempestives 12heures durant.

Sans assistance quelconque, devant les policiers et les agents de PACJA, les Burundais assistent les chauffeurs malmenant leurs bagages en les descendant/ embarquant chambardés dans un désordre total avant d’être jetés à leur tour à la rue située à plus de 1500km de chez eux.

Les raisons qui ont poussé l’équipe burundaise à tenir une telle attitude :
dévoiler le mensonge intarissable de l’Equipe PACJA qui a alimenté le chemin retour Durban-Bujumbura ;
Veiller à la santé fragile des caravaniers Burundais déjà en danger après tant de jours de route sans répit, nourriture, se laver,…afin de ne pas finir après la caravane sur le lit d’hôpital de Bujumbura ;
Refuser ce traitement inhumains imposé par les conditions du chemin retour ;
Ne pas cautionner d’être traités en héros à l’allée pour finir dans les mains de la police ;
Défendre l’honneur de notre patrie le Burundi qui a accepté de couper le ruban de ladite caravane le 09/11/2011 au Stade prince Luis Rwagasore et sous le haut patronage de S.E Premier vice Président de la République du Burundi. L’utilisation de l’image du no 1 burundais au cours de la caravane par PACJA n’est pas aussi à ignorer ;
Défendre le statut de nos organisations respectives ayant travaillé d’arrache pied pour assurer avec succès le lancement de cette caravane Transafricaine inoubliable d’Espoir sur le Changement climatique ;
Défendre notre honneur en qualité de caravaniers ayant subi les travers du trajet et donné le sens à la caravane qui pour le moment bat le record continental.

Des inquiétudes

ü Pourquoi PACJA a toujours voulu garder à tout prix l’équipe burundaise sur lui alors qu’il se séparait facilement des autres?;
ü La caravane étant terminée, qu’est- ce qui était réservé aux Burundais une fois sur Nairobie ?
ü Comment se fait-il que PACJA se sépare ainsi de ses anciens compagnons de route dont il a la charge à plus de 1500km de chez eux tout en étant au courant de leur misère ? Pire encore, ses partenaires sur qui, il a compté avant et pendant le lancement de sa caravane !
ü Comment se fait-il que PACJA continue de traiter les caravaniers burundais de richards et de commerçants alors qu’il savait qu’ils n’avaient même pas de sous pour s’acheter de quoi se nourrir ; ceci depuis qu’il s’est accaparé de toutes ses provisions (le 10/11/2011 au Rwanda) ;
ü Cette volte face en 12heures poussant PACJA à revenir chercher les caravaniers burundais dans leur ambassade en Tanzanie alors qu’il les avait laissés dans une brigade de police ? Et cette bonne fois de les payer un nouveau bus alors qu’il était parti avec trois bus vides d’hommes.
Recommandations :
1. A nos organisations respectives : donner une suite à cet incident qui risque d’être diplomatique ; Exiger au PACJA de dédommager moralement et matériellement les caravaniers burundais ainsi que leurs associations respectives ;
2. Au Gouvernement du Burundi : exiger à PACJA de fournir des explications appropriées sur le motif de l’abandon de ces citoyens à plus de 1500km de chez eux ;
3. Au PACJA : - établir des responsabilités et infliger des sanctions appropriés à son personnel qui de près ou de loin aurait contribué dans la gestion catastrophique du projet caravane qui lui était confié. Ceci dans le but de préserver son image de marque au vue des caravaniers et de ses partenaires ;
_ Présenter des excuses au Gouvernement burundais, à la Société Civile burundaise et surtout aux caravaniers burundais qui n’ont ménagé aucun effort pour la réussite de son projet avant de voir leurs citoyens-membres malmenés par ses agents.
4. Aux bailleurs de fonds et partenaires de PACJA : -
_ exiger un audit externe sur la gestion de toute la Caravane d’Espoir sur le changement climatique 2011. Tout était obscur aux yeux des caravaniers participants. Pour ne pas s’attirer les foudres de vos agents mandatés, Il leur était prudent de ne pas soulever aucune question sur la gestion de la caravane alors que c’était leur droit.
Les caravaniers Burundais de la Caravane Transafricaine d’espoir sur le Changement Climatique Bujumbura-Durban 201

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