Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

Burundi: Over 600 cases of victims of gender based violence recorded in 2018

From 2003 to date, Seruka Center has recorded around 19950 cases of sexual and gender based violence- SGBV. 610 of them were recorded during the last eight months in 2018. Goreth Mukiramana, legal representative of Seruka center says the latter records about 120 cases of SGBV per month. “Over 60% of these cases are teenagers […] (...)

Some private school owners call on Education Minister to suspend school fees harmonization

The ministry of education has recently decided to harmonize the payment of school fees in private schools in Burundi. The decision sets fees to be paid according to the categories to which schools belong. Some school officials call on the minister to cancel the decision. Gilbert Bécaud Njangwa, Legal representative of some private schools operating […] (...)

Burundi among most corrupt countries despite “zero tolerance” declaration, says OLUCOME

Eight years after Burundi Head of State declared “zero tolerance” to any act of corruption, OLUCOME says Burundi is still among the most corrupt countries in the world. Gabriel Rufyiri, chairman of OLUCOME, a local corruption watchdog, says the situation has worsened and will keep deteriorating if nothing is done. “When President Pierre Nkurunziza took […] (...)

Selection test for admission to school of excellence characterized by irregularities

A selection test has been done by the best 6th graders throughout the country to be admitted to the seventh grade in the school of excellence. In Bujumbura city, the test began with a delay of over 3 hours, and cases of absence and cheating were also observed. At the test center located at a […] (...)

Youths called on to take responsibility and avoid political manipulation

Young people have to take their responsibility and shun political manipulation that they are subject to in most African countries. This was said in a three-day international conference on the role of youth in peace consolidation in Africa which is being held in Bujumbura. Sylvestre Ntibantunganya, former Burundi president and speaker, has said the youth […] (...)

“Eglise vivante” church called on to elect its new representatives

In the correspondence by the Ministry of the Interior, the government calls on the representatives of « Eglise vivante» church to organize an inclusive general assembly and elect new representatives. “Under Article 29 of the law governing religious denominations, Pastor Edmond Kivuye and Arthémon Simbananiye can no longer represent “Eglise vivante” because they do not […] (...)

Burundi opens first edition of EAC games

Burundi has officially opened a tournament of EAC games to be held in the towns of Bujumbura, Gitega and Ngozi from 16 to 30 August 2018. Different authorities say it is a great opportunity to reinforce unity and integration within EAC country members. Joseph Butore, the second deputy president, says this tournament is an opportunity […] (...)

Headmaster disguised as student during state exam sentenced to 5 years

Benjamin Manirambona, a headmaster who was caught doing a national exam for his student has been sentenced to 5 years in prison. Mr Manirambona, Buterere Technical School headmaster, was arrested on Friday 10 August while he was taking a national exam in the place of a student. He was later on taken into police custody […] (...)

Survivors of Gatumba massacre ask for justice

14 years after the massacre of more than 160 people mostly made of Banyamulenge refugees from Congo in Gatumba area of Bujumbura province, survivors still demand justice. Nkubana Vyabagabo, a representative of Banyamulenge living in Burundi, says he does not understand why Burundi justice has not yet judged the perpetrators when it said they are […] (...)

Burundian youth complain about lack of support

While the International Youth Day is observed every year on 12 August to draw attention to youth issues worldwide, Burundian youth complain about the lack of support from their elders. “It is getting more and more difficult to find a job. After the academic journey, I became jobless for 2 years before I got a […] (...)
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