Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana

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Abduction for political motives?

In the morning of Tuesday, 12 September, Léopold Habarugira, Executive member of UPD-Zigamibanga party, not officially recognized by the Government, was abducted. His family is worried. Reactions over his kidnapping arise from all sides. Written by Agnès Ndirubusa & Rénovat Ndabashinze and translated by Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana. It was in Nyakoni Avenue, near the Institute […] (...)

Burundi: Target for ICC?

The UN Commission of Inquiry released a report on Monday (September 4th). It requests the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against humanity committed in Burundi. The Commission refers to “an organized plan in the pursuit of a common policy.” This is a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population. This suggests that crimes […] (...)

American Corner Gitega: Over 80 certified after summer holiday activity termination

At least 82 among 269 participants who have attended different sessions of summer holiday activities organized by the American Corner Gitega since July were issued with certificates on Friday, 1st September 2017. The two month sessions were centered on leadership, computer science, entrepreneurship, English language learning and culture. Participants said Martin Luther King American Corner […] (...)

Arusha Accord can still inspire

Burundi has just celebrated the 17th anniversary of the signing of the Arusha Agreement. In a crisis context, this compromised peace process could be used. Written by Agnes Ndirubusa and translated by Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana This anniversary coincides with another dialogue which is being held in Arusha by stakeholders in the Burundian conflict. A kind […] (...)

When Imbonerakure reaffirm their support

The youth affiliated to the ruling party Cndd-Fdd organized what they called the Imbonerakure Day. It was opportunity to reaffirm their attachment to President Pierre Nkurunziza. The opposition speaks of manipulation. Written by Agnès Ndirubusa and translated by Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana
 More than 8 thousand Imbonerakure (youth wing of the ruling party Cndd-Fdd) took to […] (...)

Requisitioning or dispossession?

Agents of the National Intelligence Service (SNR) “seized” two cars from former 1st Vice President of Burundi, Bernard Busokoza. They say it is for investigative reasons. The cars’ owner speaks of persecution for political reasons. “I ask that my cars be restored to me.” I do not know what I am accused of except politics […] (...)

What is the value of water?

When you and I breathe in fresh air, the amount I inhale affects you in no way. This is because air is abundant and so there’s plenty of it to go around. We actually take it for granted since it exists in copious amounts. Now, imagine a situation where there is limited supply of air, […] (...)

2020 elections : controversial contributions

President Nkurunziza calls on Burundians to contribute to the 2020 elections. Three years before this important appointment, the spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior speaks of a duty to safeguard national sovereignty. Written by Egide Nikiza, Hervé Mugisha, Agnès Ndirubusa, Christian Bigirimana and Renovat Ndabashinze and translated by Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana Obviously, Burundian authorities […] (...)

Does Helsinki come to rescue Arusha?

The Finnish capital hosted consultations between Burundians behind closed doors over the past few days. A colourful participation. Written by Agnès Ndirubusa, translated by Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana What if Tanzanian President Magufuli had been mandated by his counterparts to persuade President Pierre Nkurunziza to make more concessions and that Helsinki consultations were made possible to […] (...)

Kafando in the footsteps of his predecessors …


The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Burundi, Michel Kafando, has followed in his predecessors’ footsteps in the UN Security Council on Wednesday (July 26th) by calling for an inclusive dialogue and respect for the Arusha Agreement. He runs the risk of incurring the wrath of Bujumbura. Written by Egide Nikiza, Agnès Ndirubusa and […] (...)