Do Global Actors Have What It Takes to Help Burundi?
[ISS] Since Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term in early 2015, political instability across the country has tested the limits of global conflict prevention responses. This instability has included a failed coup d'√©tat, violent clashes between government and opposition forces, increasing suppression of the media and civil society, as well as targeted assassinations.
Resigning National Electoral Commission?
[Iwacu] Some government delegates are already campaigning for yes in the upcoming constitutional referendum. This is not the moment, says the National Independent Electoral Commission -CENI, which said it does not have the power to stop the government from campaigning for the referendum.
Minister of Interior Warns Those Who Don't Want to Contribute to 2020 Elections
[Iwacu] The response given to the complaints of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Burundi-COSYBU on Saturday, 13 January by Pascal Barandagiye, Minister of the Interior is unequivocal: "We intend to hold a dialogue with trade unionists. But, that they do not pretend to hinder the contribution process."
Talks Set Over Burundi Disputed Marriage Law
[East African] Burundi is planning consultations with the Muslim community on the implementation of a controversial law requiring all marriages to be registered.
Ceni Says to Be Unable to Stop Government Campaign for Upcoming Referendum
[Iwacu] The National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) has declared to be unable to prohibit the Burundian government from campaigning for a "yes vote" in the upcoming constitutional referendum before allowing all other partners to do so.
Two Loyal Supporters of Agathon Rwasa Arrested in Nyabihanga Commune
[Iwacu] Stany Ntakarutimana and Innocent Niyungeko, both supporters of the leader of the Burundian opposition, Agathon Rwasa were arrested on January 7, 2018, in Nyabihanga Commune of Mwaro province in the center of the country.
Torrential Rain Destroys Seven Houses and Damages Several Crops in Cankuzo Province
[Iwacu] The heavy rain, that poured down in the afternoon of this 8 January in the hills of Cankuzo and Muterero of Cankuzo Commune in Cankuzo Province, destroyed houses and hectares of crops of rice, maize, sweet potatoes, beans and bananas.
About 5,000 Families to Be Evicted From Their Lands On Kizina Hill
[Iwacu] More than 5000 families from Kizina 1 and 2 sectors of Gihanga commune in Bubanza province claim to be victims of injustice. They say they have been expropriated from their lands which were later attributed to an unknown person called "Joseph Gahushi". The residents of the locality say they cannot go to their fields for fear of being brought before the court.
All Travels By Government Officials Must Be Notified
[Iwacu] The 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents of the Republic of Burundi jointly signed on December 28 a decree fixing the scale and the modalities of granting orders and official mission expenses.
Rights Defender Detained
[HRW] Nairobi -Authorities in Burundi have been holding a human rights activist since November 21, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately release the activist, Nestor Nibitanga, or charge him with a credible offense. The police accused Nibitanga, via , of "threatening state security."
Cecafa Secretary General in Burundi for U-17 Championship Preparation
[Iwacu] Since 3 January 2018, Nicholas Musonye, Secretary General of the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA), is in Burundi to launch activities to prepare 2018 CECAFA U-17.
Beware of E-Learning, Warns Education Minister
[Iwacu] Janvi√®re Ndirahisha, Minister of Education has recently alerted students and parents who applied for virtual learning that they must have relevant information before applying. "All parents having children who wish to pursue their studies through e-learning in foreign universities, institutes and foundations whether in Europe, America, Asia, Oceania or Africa must take all reasonable precautions before studying," she said warning them against losing money due to the lack of correct information.
President Appoints Commissioners of National Observatory to Prevent Genocide
[Iwacu] President Pierre Nkurunziza has recently appointed members of various national commissions including the National Observatory for the Prevention and Eradication of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity.
Consumers Complain About Shortage of Brarudi Beverages During Festive Season
[Iwacu] In different parts of Bujumbura city, it was not easy to find beverages from BRARUDI (Burundi Brewing Company). Consumers express discontent over this shortage which is observed every festive season. "Why can't BRARUDI find strategies to find a solution to this problem? I can't understand how I die of thirst while I have money," says Anicet met in Jabe, the central quarter of Bujumbura City.
Rwasa Worried About Change of His Guard
[Iwacu] "They ignored my request and concern and removed soldiers who were guarding me," says Agathon Rwasa, First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and the chairman of the opposition political coalition 'Amizero y'Abarundi'. He says his safety is in danger.
One-Week Holiday Not Enough to Start Well Another Term, Say Pupils
[Iwacu] All public and private schools have started the second term of 2017-2018 school year this 2 January. At Lyc√©e Gisenyi, a boarding school located in the capital Bujumbura, pupils were coming in twos and threes. Nunu Jacqueline, headmistress of the school, says students are few due to the last festivity of the New Year for some and lack of transportation and school fees for others. "We believe that all of them will be present by the end of the day," she says.
Population Acknowledges Bridge Rehabilitation but Complains About Road Quality
[Iwacu] Three bridges have been recently rehabilitated in the northern part of Bujumbura city. The population from the neighbourhood appreciates this government's initiative but asks it to rehabilitate the roads.
Agathon Rwasa Worries About His Security
[Iwacu] Agathon Rwasa, the chairman of the coalition of "Amizero y'Abarundi" and First Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly says he is deeply concerned about his security as he continues to be persecuted.
Excessive Fees Anger Bicycle-Taxi Riders
[Iwacu] Bicycle-taxi riders in the capital Bujumbura complain about the excessive fees and exorbitant prices for the purchase of plates and cardigans. Those bicycle-taxi riders grouped in a collective of two associations of Burundian bikers "Sotavedebu" and "Sotavebu" say each member must contribute BIF 50 to the first association and BIF 100 to the second one. "We must contribute. We have no choice", says Bikorimana, a bicycle-taxi rider met in Cibitoke neighborhood in the capital Bujumbura.
277 Killed in 2017, Ministry of Public Security Reports
[Iwacu] The Ministry of public security rates its achievements at 90%. It says killing cases decreased from 401 in 2016 to 277 in 2017. Civil society activist says 277 people killed is not a small number.