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Air Tanzania Company Limited Resumes Flight to Entebbe, Bujumbura

Air Tanzania Company Limited Resumes Flight to Entebbe, Bujumbura

AIR Tanzania is expected to resume passenger flights to Entebbe-Uganda and Bujumbura- Burundi routes on Sunday and Tuesday next week, respectively. The Company’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Ladislaus Matindi said in a statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday that ATCL will be providing four frequencies per week to Entebbe namely on Monday, Wednesday, Friday […]

Burundian Experience Offers Insights for the Zimbabwe Opposition

Burundian Experience Offers Insights for the Zimbabwe Opposition

The important lesson for Zimbabwe’s opposition from what happened in Burundi in 2010 is that participation is key. Despite what may look like injustice, it is good for the Zimbabwean opposition to stay within decision-making institutions such as the national assembly in order to counter any move that would otherwise lead to devastating consequences such […]

UN Envoy urges Burundi leaders to ‘seize opportunities for national unity and peace’

UN Envoy urges Burundi leaders to ‘seize opportunities for national unity and peace’

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Burundi, Michel Kafando, has called on the country’s leaders to “seize the opportunity” offered by the recent adoption of a new constitution, to create a new political environment that is “conducive to the consolidation of national unity and peace”. Addressing the UN Security Council on Thursday, he commended in particular […]

Burundi Peacekeeper Killed in Central African Republic Rebel Attack

Burundi Peacekeeper Killed in Central African Republic Rebel Attack

THE latest attacks by rebel groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have left a United Nations (UN) peacekeeper dead. A Burundian member of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was killed in Bambari in the central Ouaka Prefecture (Province) after alleged militants of the Muslim extremist Movement for […]

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza to Step Down in 2020

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza to Step Down in 2020

In a surprise move, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said Thursday he would step down in 2020, despite widespread belief that he backed a new constitution extending term limits in a bid to cling to power. His announcement came shortly after he signed into law a new constitution, passed in a May referendum, that in theory […]

The EU Upholds Sanctions Against Bujumbura

The EU Upholds Sanctions Against Bujumbura

Members of the European Union parliament voted to keep sanctions on the Government of Burundi. They say human right violations persist. The Government of Burundi accuses the EU of being partial. On 6 July, EU parliamentarians adopted a resolution on Burundi in which they uphold the decision of the European Union to suspend financial aid […]

Commission of Inquiry Says Human Right Violation Persist

Commission of Inquiry Says Human Right Violation Persist

On 15 May, the Commission of Inquiry on Human rights in Burundi has presented the second oral briefing to the UN Human Right Council. Members of the commission say human right violations persist. Burundi Government accuses the commission of producing biased and politically oriented reports. “We were struck in our investigations by the feeling of […]

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza orders unmarried couples to wed

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza orders unmarried couples to wed

Cohabiting couples in Burundi have until the end of the year to get married or face legal consequences. The government order comes after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a campaign “to moralise society”. A government spokesman said a crackdown on informal relationships was needed to combat a population explosion. He said too many schoolgirls were getting […]

With funding ‘down to a trickle,’ UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees

With funding ‘down to a trickle,’ UN agency renews warning over Burundi refugees

The United Nations refugee agency has increased its funding appeal by $36 million to support Burundians fleeing their homes in what could become the third-largest refugee crisis in Africa. “Arriving refugees continue to cite hunman rights abuses, fear of persecution and sexual and gender-based violence as reasons for fleeing,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office […]

President Yoweri Museveni to Show the Way Out of Burundi Crisis

President Yoweri Museveni to Show the Way Out of Burundi Crisis

The Burundi crisis and the country’s status as a partner state in the East African Community are among issues that were expected to feature at the EAC Heads of State Summit in Dar es Salaam. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who takes over the chairmanship of the EAC, had pledged that, he would bring the Burundi […]

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