It is one of the questions that Thierry Uwamahoro asked in his previous blog post. A reader answers:
This cognitive dissonance is interesting. Sounds simple enough. The people are miserable but they do not blame Nkurunziza ( and y'all know he WILL run again) for their misery. The people were never taught to demand and expect better from their leaders, because very few have actually cared about their welfare. They were poor before Nkurunziza, they are poor with him and they will most likely be poor after him. The difference is that he's managed to connect with them, make them believe that he cares and make them feel relatively safe in a manner that no other leader ( kiretse maybe Rwagasore or Ndadaye) has done. It's a very powerful tool.
People do well not to blame their miser on NKURUZIZA. They do not suffer from any cognitive disorder. The current President of the country is not the cause of the misery but the solution. He is trying all he can to get the people out of the tremendous misery that resulted from the deliberate actions of UPRONA. That is the party that deliberately impoverished people, wanted them poor, miserable, hungry, thirsty, ignorant so that it can control them easily. What a miscalculation! It is a miscalculation because had UPRONA promoted education for all as NKURUNZIZA is doing at the moment, sought to innovate and increase public infrastructure, Burundi would be one of the strongest nation in the world today, every burundian would be profiting out of this, including the same UPRONA members who miscalculated.