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East Africa: EALA Condemns The Killing of Burundian Legislator Hafsa Mossi

East Africa: EALA Condemns The Killing of Burundian Legislator Hafsa Mossi

The Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Daniel F. Kidega, has strongly condemned the killing on Wednesday of Burundian representative, MP Hafsa Mossi, by unknown gunmen in Bujumbura. The Speaker “strongly condemned the killing” of the legislator and eulogised the late Mossi as a hard working Member of the Assembly, who was committed […]

‘Fake Calm’ In Burundi As Tension Threatens Return To Violence

‘Fake Calm’ In Burundi As Tension Threatens Return To Violence

After more than a year of turmoil, Burundi is suspended in a “fake calm” with risks of further instability exacerbated by an economic slowdown, regional tensions and destructive ethnic rhetoric, a British parliamentary committee has heard. Human rights and aid experts painted a chilling picture of a state ruled by fear, where authorities have become […]

A Failed Coup and Facebook: The Story of Burundi’s Elections

A Failed Coup and Facebook: The Story of Burundi’s Elections

In April [2015] opponents of [President Pierre Nkurunziza’s] third term began to organise. The ruling party organised two big demonstrations supporting a third term. These were more than counterbalanced by the decision of the Catholic church to oppose the idea, by the creation of the “Stop the Third Term” movement by 15 organisations, and by […]

Burundi Turns To WhatsApp as Political Turmoil Brings Media Blackout

Burundi Turns To WhatsApp as Political Turmoil Brings Media Blackout

Burundi’s year-long crisis has not gone away. It started with President Pierre Nkurunziza’s determination to claim a third term, trampling over the constitutional arrangements that ended a decade-long civil war. Press freedom is a major casualty of the new strife; but the turmoil has also transformed the way in which Burundians get information. For better […]

‘Why Does No One Mention Burundi?’ Asks Winner of New Humanitarian Award

‘Why Does No One Mention Burundi?’ Asks Winner of New Humanitarian Award

In October 1993, two days after her Tutsi family were murdered by Hutus in Burundi, Marguerite Barankitse stood in front of a house of Hutus to stop a mob of local Tutsis taking revenge. “Before I am a Tutsi, I am a Christian,” Barankitse remembers telling the mob. “I will not allow you to kill […]

Burundi: Crisis Rages, One Year On

Burundi: Crisis Rages, One Year On

It is now one year since the political crisis hit Burundi after the incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza publicly announced that he will move for another term in office sparking violent protests. Since then, more than 400 people have been killed and thousands have fled to neighbouring countries. Burundi’s capital Bujumbura has been the centrestage of […]

Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Calls for “Maturity” Over Burundi Crisis

Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Calls for “Maturity” Over Burundi Crisis

Rwanda’s foreign affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo has once again denounced accusations that her government recruited and trained Burundian refugees to fight and oust Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. While responding to reporters Tuesday, after briefing senators on the state of Rwanda’s foreign affairs policy, Ms Mushikiwabo said that there was “need for maturity” while handling the […]

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