' Many rush to be registered before the deadline fixed on 29 November 2016

20,000 biometric driving licenses already registered in four months

10-20-2016 Since 5 July 2016, the Ministry of Public Security has launched a campaign for changing the traditional driving license into a biometric one. “20,000 persons using the new biometric driving license have already registered out of 290, 000 people registered for the old driving license since 1937,” says Alfred (...)
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Jean Marie Muhirwa Replaces Hafsa Mossi in EALA

10-19-2016 This 19 October, the Burundi National Assembly has overwhelmingly voted for an MP that will replace Hafsa Mossi, the late EALA MP -killed in July 2016. Jean Marie Muhirwa, 36, from a Hutu ethnic group, senator and former administrator of Bwambarangwe Commune of Kirundo northern province has been voted (...)
' Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza

President promulgates Burundi withdrawal from ICC

10-19-2016 On 18 October, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has promulgated the law on the withdrawal of Burundi from the International Criminal Court.Following the decision, the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba, expressed concern about this development. (...)
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Foreign conman arrested by the police

10-17-2016 A fraud who wanted to defraud a pastor was apprehended by the police yesterday. The police have arrested a suspected foreign conman who intended to defraud a female pastor of $1700. The suspect posed as an international charity organisation worker. “He told the pastor he worked for “Robinson Donald” (...)
' MPs voted for the bill by a huge majority

Bujumbura continues its crusade…

10-17-2016 “Burundi withdraws from the International Criminal Court for national sovereignty”, says the government. For the opposition, the latter fears being prosecuted for several massive violations. 94 votes for, 2 against from André Ndayizamba and Fabien Baciryanino, both from UPRONA party and 14 abstentions, including that of Agathon Rwasa, the (...)
' MPs voted for the bill by a huge majority

Burundi MPs Vote for the withdrawal from ICC

10-12-2016 On 12 October, the National Assembly has voted for a bill on Burundi withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. Despite points of contention during the plenary session, 94 MPs voted for, 2 against and 14 abstentions. The Minister of Justice, Aimée Laurentine Kanyana, who defended the draft law in (...)
' Tatien Sibomana, spokesman of UPRONA “We agreed that no UPRONA member would join the institutions that stemmed from the elections that we contested.”

Five UPRONA MPs replaced

10-12-2016 Five out of eight UPRONA MPs elected from Amizero y’Abarundi coalition have been replaced as they have never sat in the National Assembly since they were elected in 2015. According to Tatien Sibomana, the spokesman of UPRONA, the wing which is not officially recognized by Burundi government, they keep (...)
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Germany pleads with Burundi not to touch the Arusha Agreement

10-12-2016 On his third visit in Burundi in two years, Ambassador Georg Schmidt, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa and Sahel of the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs indicated that Germany is concerned with the country’s current situation. “The UN Human Rights reports are not encouraging. Several refugees are still living (...)
' The authors of the attack have vanished after committing the crime

Three people killed in an attack in southern Burundi

10-12-2016 The incident happened on 10 October night around 8 pm, in Bugarama municipality of Rumonge province in the south of Burundi. Sources on the ground say that a group of gunmen threw grenades and fired point blank at people who were drinking in a bar belonging to the Head (...)
' Higher government officials have attended last Saturday’s demonstrations

Burundi government severs ties with OHCHR

10-11-2016 Burundi has just declared a suspension of any form of cooperation and collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights-OHCHR until further notice. The declaration cites the “untruthful and controversial” United Nations Independent Investigation Report on Burundi-UNIIB accusing the government of grave violations of (...)