A video of supporters of Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza singing about impregnating female opposition supporters has caused outrage and been condemned by the government.
The two-minute long video shows young men from the party’s youth wing – Imbonerakure -singing in the local Kirundi langauge:
Impregnate our opponents so they would give birth to Imbonerakure.”
The government has condemned the video, criticising the use of ”inappropriate language” which ”does not conform with moral standards nor with party ideology”.
The statement says party disciplinary officials are investigating to identify those responsible and says early findings suggest there was an “external hand”.
The BBC’s Prime Ndikumagenge in Bujumbura says it is the first time the party has taken such a stand despite the youth league having long been accused of violence and harassment against opponents of the government.
The song is being taken seriously by the opposition and women’s organisations as incitement to rape as the Imborenakure have been blamed for acts of sexual violence in the past.
Burundi has experienced instability since Mr Nkuruziza refused to give up power at the end of his term in April 2015.