Lorraine Josiane Manishatse


Health ministry to launch vaccination campaign against meningococcal meningitis in December

“The Ministry of Health plans to launch the vaccination campaign against meningococcal meningitis strain A from 3 to 14 December throughout the country,” said Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Health in a press conference held on November 8. The last vaccination against this disease took place in 1992 and its immunity lasts ten years. “We noticed […] (...)

Construction material extractors and sellers in distress

In the warm sun, sand, stones and gravel extractors sit along the Ntahangwa River, in north of the capital Bujumbura. They seem to be desperate. They have not been working for a month. “Our families live in extremely difficult conditions since the government suspended the activities of extracting construction materials … We have become jobless. […] (...)

CNPK employees warn to stage a strike within eight days

Members of the committee of the National Union of Paramedical Staff and Caregivers-SYNAPA trade union working at Kamenge Neuropsychiatric Center (CNPK) issued an eight-day strike notice on 5 November. They demand the replacement of the outgoing Director General of the CNPK, Brother Hyppolyte Manirakiza by Brother Herménégilde Nduwimana. Trade unionists accuse Brother Manirakiza of taking […] (...)

Population in Nyamitanga gripped by fear

Strengthened military patrols, overnight patrols by the population, residents of Nyamitanga area in Cibitoke province are gripped by fear. They are afraid of the attack of armed groups from the DRC. “We are afraid attackers will come back,” say residents of Nyamitanga area, Buganda Commune in Cibitoke Province, north-western Burundi. Groups of unidentified armed people […] (...)

Defenders of victims of crimes in Burundi disagree on CVR’s new coverage period

The National Assembly adopted on October 25 a bill amending the law on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The bill extends the mission of CVR over the period from Germany colonization in February 1885 to 4 December 2008. CVR mission was initially set between 1961 and 2008. Aloys Batungwanayo, legal representative of the coalition of […] (...)

Burundian MPs diverge on period to be covered by Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The National Assembly passed yesterday the bill amending the law on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after a heated debate about the delimitation of the period to be covered by that commission. The passed bill notably provides for the extension of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission-CVR missions for the period from February 1885 (date marking […] (...)

CNC chairman urges media officials to disseminate press law to journalists

Nestor Bankumukunzi, chairman of Burundi media regulator (CNC), presented on 24 October the quarterly achievements of medias authorized to operate in Burundi. He suggested that media officials should master the newly adopted press law, popularize it among journalists and closely supervise journalists and communication technicians in order to work in compliance with the law. According […] (...)

Karurama I Basic School in Cibitoke faces large number of students

Parents of students at Karurama I Basic School in Rugombo Commune of Cibitoke north-western province of Burundi denounce the large number of students in one class. At 9 a.m., pupils of grade 1 at Karurama Fundamental School are studying. The teacher struggles to teach the lesson prepared for the day. Four pupils share one desk […] (...)

Nurses in Cibitoke province ill-equipped to deal with Ebola virus

The medical personnel on the Burundi-DRC border denounce the lack of equipment to detect and fight against Ebola. At a beautiful sunset, a boat arrives from the Democratic Republic of Congo on Mparambo border, in north-west of Burundi, via the Rusizi River. A dozen of passengers get off with their luggage. They wash their hands […] (...)

Politicians diverge on 5th round dialogue outcomes

The world celebrates every October 18 the Conflict Resolution Day. This year, the day comes when Burundians are preparing themselves to participate in the 5th round of inter-Burundi dialogue initiated by the East African Community to try to resolve the political crisis erupted in April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza officially announced his candidacy for […] (...)
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