Evariste Ndayishimiye was born in the commune of Giheta in the province of Gitega the new Burundi political capital in 1968. Well liked by many people he is referred to by his nickname NEVA.
In 1995, Ndayishimiye was one of the rare Hutu students at the University of Burundi. He narrowly escaped ethnic cleansing against Hutu students at the University of Burundi.
That same year, he fled Burundi, and joined the armed opposition party the Defense Forces for Democracy (FDD), created after the assassination of Hutu President Melchior Ndadaye in 1993. Unfortunately he lost a lot of his family members executed by Burundi mono ethnic Tutsi army.
In early 2000 the party CNDD split into CNDD and CNDD-FDD. Evariste joined CNDD-FDD party.
For a decade, in the rebellion Evariste Ndayishimiye was commander in different regiment . Disciplined and very determined he climbed military levels without problem.
Towards the end of the civil war, he was elected as the president of the office responsible for the conception and planning of the policy of the struggle.
In 2003, CNDD-FDD signed the global ceasefire with the government of Burundi in Pretoria under Mandela mediation. General Evariste Ndayishimiye was the negotiator in chief of the global ceasefire at that time.
In 2005, Evariste Ndayishimiye was appointed deputy chief of staff of the new National Defense Forces (FDN) with the rank of general.
Between 2006 and 2007, Evariste was appointed as Minister of the Interior and Public Security. He then became chief of military cabinet to the presidency, a post he held until 2014 to take over the following year as head of the civilian cabinet of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
In August 2016, he was elected secretary general of the CNDD-FDD where he replaced Pascal Nyabenda.
During a congress organized on January 26, 2020 in Gitega, in the center of the country, Cndd-FDD delegates choose Évariste Ndayishimiye as candidate for the presidential election of May 20, 2020.
He holds Bachelor’s degree in law