Politics
' Father Herménégilde:”When your friend or relative dies, you are told to keep silent”

Good Friday sermon sparks criticisms

04-24-2017 Father Herménégilde Icoyitungiye, who officiated at the conclusion of Lent at Mont Sion Gikungu, seized the opportunity to protest and appeal against the abuses committed in Burundi. The sermon did not please everyone. The Good Friday was not like other Fridays at the Marian sanctuary of Mont Sion Gikungu (...)
' While their guns were too rusty, the two criminals were clean and well presented.

Armed robbery, kidnapping near border with Congo: police clarify

04-22-2017 In the wake of armed robbery and kidnappings near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo in recent weeks, the Burundi police says armed forces have arrested an undisclosed number of criminals and seized arms. At a press conference on Friday 21 April, journalists were not allowed (...)
' National Assembly approves of nine new Burundi EALA MPs

National Assembly approves nine new Burundi EALA MPs

04-20-2017 Burundi National Assembly has approved this April 20, nine new East African Legislative Assembly-EALA MPs to replace nine others who had just completed their four-year term. Victor Burikukiye,Mon Mamo Karerwa, Léontine Nzeyimana, Pierre Claver Rurakamvye and Jean Marie Muhirwa are all members of the ruling CNDD- FDD party while (...)
' Tatien Sibomana, UPRONA member “This summit will be an opportunity to prevent Pierre Nkurunziza from accelerating his process of changing the Constitution of Burundi”

Only EAC Heads of state can solve Burundi crisis, says political opponent

04-19-2017 Burundi politicians believe the summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of state scheduled on 10 May 2017 is an opportunity to boost the inter-Burundian dialogue so that it yields positive results. During the previous round of the inter-Burundi dialogue held in Arusha from 17 to 20 February (...)
' Typically, a prisoner allowed to move out of the prison is  guarded by at least one police officer

Prison Director and chief guard detained after prisoners’ guards escape

04-18-2017 The Director of Rutana prison and a chief of the police guard of the prison have been jailed following the escape of two prisoners and two police officers who were guarding them. Pierre Nkurikiye, Spokesman for the National Police, says Director Jonas Mbonimpa and Officer Eugène Bizindavyi “were arrested (...)
' Mathias Mujuriro with his “Umuduri” (a traditional musical instrument)

Two elderly Burundians kidnapped from their farm in Congo

04-17-2017 Two elderly Burundian farmers, a husband and his wife, have been kidnapped by unknown criminals from their farm on the territory of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the morning of this Monday, according to the police. Police sources says Bernard Nihende, 64, and his wife (...)
' MSD Party’s activities suspended all over the country

Government has suspended MSD Party for six months

04-14-2017 Three main allegations made against the Movement for Democracy and Solidarity-MSD party are the violation of the Burundi Constitution, breaking the rules of political parties and a plan to form an armed group to fight against the government. Following these accusations, Pascal Barandagiye, Minister of Home Affairs decided on (...)
' The robber was killed trying to escape

Police shot robber dead and injured another in Bujumbura

04-13-2017 At least one robber was killed and another one injured by the police on a night patrol on 12 April in Kibenga southern and Buterere northern neighborhoods of the Burundian capital Bujumbura. A man known as Régis, in his forties, was killed by the police in the night of (...)
' Exclusive Interview Wolfram Vetter: “For the EU, dialogue in Arusha is the only option.”

Exclusive Interview / Wolfram Vetter: “For the EU, dialogue in Arusha is the only option.”

04-13-2017 The EU Ambassador to Burundi expresses himself very openly about current issues such as Political Dialogue, Cooperation and Human Rights in the country. The Interview. What is your assessment of the current situation in Burundi? I think the positive development initiated with the 2000 Arusha Agreement was interrupted by (...)
' Colonel Baratuza: “Those who defected were politically motivated”.

Only thirty soldiers defected since 2015, says Army spokesperson

04-12-2017 The International Crisis Group reported that between 600 and 2,000 soldiers including high-ranking officers have defected since April 2015. According to the report published on 5 April, the fear of being killed reinforces the desertion observed in the Burundian army. The International crisis group also reported that several desertions (...)