KENYA – Al Jazeera in trouble under the new Kenyan anti-terror bill

12-31-2014 The Kenyan Government has filed an official complaint to Al Jazeera after the news channel aired a documentary alleging widespread government-sponsored violence. The documentary showed men who claimed to be anti-terror officers, and who reported that they killed hundreds of suspects on government orders, without any due process. The (...)

Climate Change and the Burundian Media

12-30-2014 The Water, Climate and Development Program (WACDEP) organized on 23rd December 2014, a workshop for chief editors from different media sources. The main objective of the workshop was to encourage them to focus on to water security and climate change resilience issues in their press.-By Diane Uwimana “Climate change (...)

Chance Nasibu competing for Prayze Factor Award

12-29-2014 Chance Nasibu competes in Globally Renowned US Based Prayze Factor Awards.-By Yves Didier Irakoze The Burundian gospel singer, Chance Bauni Nasibu is delighted to be competing against an international array of gospel singers in the Prayze Factor Award. The Prayze Factor Award, based in Atlanta USA, discovers, promotes and (...)

Incident at Bujumbura International Airport

12-27-2014 The engine blast reactor of a Boeing 747 was hit at Bujumbura International Airport last Saturday, 20th December 2014. According to Albert Maniratunga, the airport’s Chief Executive Officer, agent incompetence was the major contributing factor.-By Diane Uwimana “The cause of this incident was that the marshal agents misjudged the (...)
EAC integration

Further delays for the EAC Political Federation

12-20-2014 Heads of State were planning to agree on a timeline for Political Federation during the 16th EAC Heads of States Summit held in Nairobi on 30 November, but have stalled progression by asking for further studies.-By Diane Uwimana A Political Federation is the ultimate goal of East African Community (...)

Burundi drums are world heritage : commercial exploitation of drumming from now on prohibited

12-20-2014 On November 26th, Burundi’s royal drum dance was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is implementing several plans to protect and safeguard it.-By Diane Uwimana In pre-colonial time, playing the drums regulated the activities of Burundi’s royal family. “Drums were played to (...)
EAC integration

EAC youth is called upon to‘Think, Speak and Participate’

12-17-2014 The 1st EAC Youth Conference held in Arusha, Tanzania on 5-6 December 2014, focused on the importance of technology and communication, while stressing leadership and creativity skills.-By Yves Didier Irakoze The main goal of the Conference is to provide a platform to disseminate the East African Community’s Youth Policy, (...)
EAC integration

Only Innovations Can Reduce Costs in EAC

12-10-2014 Trade Mark East Africa, an organization promoting trade in East Africa, launched the ‘Logistics and Innovation For Trade’ (LIFT) fund in Burundi last week,to help reduce the cost of transport and logistics in East Africa.-By J.BerchmansSiboniyo The idea originates in an analysis carried out by the World Bank (WB) (...)

People from Nyanza Lac are fleeing the country

12-09-2014 Hunger and the fear of a civil war erupting after the elections are pushing many families in Nyanza Lac to leave Burundi.-By J.Berchmans Siboniyo More than 100 families have left their villages in Nyanza Lac, Makamba province. In Nyabigina village 60 families vacated their plots. Other departures are reported (...)
EAC integration

Burundi ratifies the EAC Monetary Union Protocol

12-09-2014 Burundi has joined Rwanda and Tanzania in ratifying the East African Community Monetary Union Protocol. The Protocol aims to harmonize monetary and fiscal policies and establish a common central bank for the East African Community. It is thought that a monetary union, with the absence of currency risk, provides (...)