Thursday 16th February 2017 was the launch of Africa Mashariki Fest Bujumbura peace run and also its Burundi chapter. The run is scheduled to take place on Saturday 27th May 2017 at Prince Louis Rwagasore Stadium under the theme "Embracing Sports to promote cohesion"
Launching the peace run which was presided over by Uganda's Ambassador to Burundi and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Maj. Gen.(Rtd) Matayo Kyaligonza. The Minister in the President's office in charge of the East African Affairs (Burundi) Hon. Leontine Nzeyimana also attended the ceremony and said in her speech that the event will make it possible to show that security is a reality in Burundi in addition to restoring its image tarnished by destractors.
Amb. Matayo Kyaligonza called on all enthusiasts to support this noble cause with the aim of supporting peace efforts in Burundi and the region and also enhancing integration efforts.
The chief Executive Officer of the group, Mr. Kisembo Ronex Tendo gave its brief history and aims emphasizing peace, cohesion and patriotism and reaffirming the power of sport as a global peace initiative.
The Launching ceremony was also attended by the Mayor of Bujumbura, the President of the Federation of Athletes in Burundi, members of the EALA, Diplomats, sports enthusiasts and the Press fraternity.