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Burundi Sets Sight on East African Community to Lift Economy

Burundi Sets Sight on East African Community to Lift Economy

Burundi, currently under European Union sanctions over its human and political rights record, is asking its East African neighbours to help unlock its economic development potential. Last week, Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye toured Tanzania on a three-day state visit to strengthen trade and investment. This was just three months after Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu paid […]

DRC and Burundi Sign Trade, Development Agreements

DRC and Burundi Sign Trade, Development Agreements

The Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi have signed vital agreements aimed at strengthening their ties. On Tuesday, Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye and DRC’s Felix Tshisekedi signed the agreements in Kinshasa. Both leaders stressed on the necessity of several beneficial projects such as constructing bridges for vehicles and pedestrians on the Ruzizi river, between the […]

Ex-Burundi President Pierre Buyoya Passes On

Ex-Burundi President Pierre Buyoya Passes On

Burundi’s former president Pierre Buyoya, who served two terms, has died aged 71, according to reports. Buyoya served as president twice, from 1987-1993 and then 1996-2003. No details have been released yet but sources say he succumbed to an undisclosed illness. His death comes three weeks after he had resigned from the position of the […]

President Pierre Nkurunziza Dies At Age 55

President Pierre Nkurunziza Dies At Age 55

Burundi’s government announced the “unexpected death” of the president, saying that he had died following cardiac arrest. Nkurunziza had been president of the smaller neighbour to the DRC, Uganda and Tanzania since 2005. “The Government of the Republic of Burundi announces with great sadness the unexpected death of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the […]

Optimism High On Burundi Elections

Optimism High On Burundi Elections

UNITED Nations (UN), Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Ms Bintou Keita, has expressed the intergovernmental organization’s desire for peaceful, credible and democratic elections in Burundi. Speaking during her meeting with the EAC Secretary General midweek, the UN official observed that peaceful elections in Burundi were a prerequisite for political stability in the nation and the region […]

The Malaria Epidemic In Burundi – Children Are Losing Their Lives

The Malaria Epidemic In Burundi – Children Are Losing Their Lives

Malaria, spread when female mosquitoes bite humans, kills almost half a million people each year, with 90% of deaths in Africa The death of a six-year-old YouTube star from a malaria epidemic in Burundi has spotlighted the growing challenge of combating malaria in a warmer world, health experts said on Tuesday. Darcy Irakoze – known […]

Activists Call For Release Of Detained Burundian Schoolgirls

Activists Call For Release Of Detained Burundian Schoolgirls

Activists are calling on the Burundi government to free three schoolgirls jailed on Thursday for allegedly defacing President Pierre Nkurunziza’s photograph. Yves Ishimwe, a member of the National Federation of Associations Engaged in Children’s Welfare (Fenadeb), said: “We call on the government to release the children, and if it is punishment let them be punished […]

Burundi Bans Non-Governmental Organizations

Burundi Bans Non-Governmental Organizations

Aid groups are decrying Burundi’s decision to suspend nongovernmental organizations, amid ongoing concerns about human rights violations in the country. The action by Burundi’s National Security Council stops the work of groups such as Doctors Without Borders and Catholic Relief Services, both of which deliver vital health care to some of the country’s most vulnerable […]

U.N. Inquiry Says Burundi Still Committing Crimes Against Humanity

U.N. Inquiry Says Burundi Still Committing Crimes Against Humanity

More crimes against humanity were committed in Burundi in 2017 and 2018, whipped up by rhetoric from top officials including President Pierre Nkurunziza, a U.N. human rights report said on Wednesday.   Burundi has tried and failed to stop the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, set up by the U.N. Human Rights Council in […]

School Ban On Expectant Teens ‘Skewed’ Against Girls’ Education

School Ban On Expectant Teens ‘Skewed’ Against Girls’ Education

Burundi’s ban on pregnant girls and expectant teen fathers attending school is not only a violation against children’s right to education, but also unfairly discriminates against girls, campaigners said on Wednesday. The ministry of education in Burundi last week issued a directive to provincial authorities saying pregnant teens and young mums, as well as the […]

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