Pacelli Ndikumana, Lead Candidate for the South East

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Pacelli currently works as a lawyer in the UK and is involved in defending minority groups’ rights in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. He plans to stand as a candidate for UK European Union Party (UKEUP) in the European Elections.

He is a spokesman for asylum seekers and UK communities from East Africa. In addition, Pacelli has specialised in regulatory, economic sanctions and tax compliance under the EU and US regimes.

Pacelli was born in Burundi and grew up in Belgium before returning to Burundi where he completed his secondary and university education. He was admitted to the Burundi Bar in 1996 after several years’ experience in law. Active in social justice and defending political opponents of the regime, he has a strong reputation. After a period of persecution for defending political prisoners he was held for more than a year without any charge and escaped with his family to the UK as an asylum seeker in 2000. Pacelli was granted British citizenship in 2005. He has a deeply held belief that the UK must remain in Europe. He is married with one son.