Dozens of families are being evicted from their properties to the north-east of the capital Bujumbura today to clear an area where a presidential palace is being constructed.
They were given until yesterday to have evacuated and cleared any structures that had been erected on the plot.
Now the police is reported to have moved in to force them to do so.
The government says it has compensated families who were on 40 hectares of the 200 hectare plot where the state house will sit, but some of the families say they have not received anything.
The presidency had promised investigations to establish the truth more than two weeks ago.
This is what the palace – being built by the Chinese.