Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

Disagreements arise about criminal code revision recently adopted

On April 18, the National Assembly adopted a bill on the revision of the code of criminal procedure. The latter causes disputes among politicians. “This bill is a flagrant violation of individual rights and freedom,” says Phénias Nigaba, FRODEBU party spokesman. He says his party is worried about the security of the population. “Someone’s house […] (...)

Some MPs concerned about overnight search

The Minister of Justice presented a bill on the revision of the code of criminal procedure before the National Assembly this April 18, which was afterwards adopted. Among the amendments, the bill provides for an overnight search which has been a bone of contention among some MPs. “The night search is very dangerous. One cannot […] (...)

PARCEM is worried about local NGOs ongoing identification, says chairman

After the announcement of the Ministry of the Interior that there is an activity to identify and collect data on nonprofit organizations working in each province, PARCEM chairman says this identification is not following the rules. Faustin Ndikumana, Chairman of PARCEM, a local NGO aiming at awakening people’s conscience and changing their mentality, says it […] (...)

Child slavery, reality in Burundi

While 16April is the international day for the abolition of child slavery, child rights activist says the latter affects most poor families and orphans who are left to struggle on their own. Ferdinand Simbaruhije, Secretary General of Burundi National Federation of Child Rights Organizations (FENABEB), says there are two categories of child slavery: “External slavery […] (...)

Candidacies of independents rejected for upcoming referendum campaign

The applications of three independents who have registered to campaign for the upcoming referendum have been all rejected by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI). Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, Chairman of CENI says the candidatures of Silas Simbandumwe, Jean Daniel Gerero, and MP Fabien Banciryanino were refused because they contained some irregularities. Mr Ndayicariye says Silas […] (...)

Refugees from Musasa camp call for more humanitarian assistance

Refugees from Musasa camp call on humanitarians to increase their assistance which they say is not sufficient. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees instead appeals to them to undertake income-generating activities to improve their living conditions. Masawa Kanyurhi Consolatta, the representative of Musasa camp refugees, says a refugee obtains a quantity of 3kg of […] (...)

CNC suspends commentary column of Iwacu newspaper

Burundi Media Regulator CNC has suspended this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the online commentary column of Iwacu newspaper for three months. Iwacu newspaper direction says to be saddened by the decision. “Iwacu has gone against professional standards, the reason why CNC decides to suspend the column for three months from now”, says Karenga Ramadhani, Chairman […] (...)

Street children and beggars to be returned to their families by May 11th

Three ministries of Solidarity, Interior and Public Security are proceeding with the return of street children and beggars to their respective families. In a meeting held this April 10, the minister of solidarity has said that all street children and beggars will have been removed from the streets by May 11th. Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of […] (...)

Burundian refugees demand Lusenda camp relocation

Burundian refugees from Lusenda camp in Fizi territory in South Kivu -DRC request that their camp that currently hosts more than 30,000 people be relocated for security reasons. They submitted their request to the High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, during his visit to the nearby Mulongwe camp hosting over 3,500 Burundians last weekend. These […] (...)

API unable to control all companies operating in Burundi

The Investment Promotion Agency (API) has said it is unable to regulate all the companies operating in Burundi due to limited budget. Léonard Sentore, Director of API, has said that this Thursday 05 April. While informing the public about the achievements of the agency during the first term of 2018, Sentore has said more than […] (...)
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