Baratuza «There are no real Burundian soldiers in Kiliba”

12-31-2016 The government has denied media reports of confrontations between soldiers of Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of Burundi’s neighbours, in the west of Burundi. The two countries maintain good relations, said Gaspard Baratuza, spokesman for Burundi’s National Defense ministry, on 29 December. According to RFI, (...)

Africa Startup to start assisting young entrepreneurs in Burundi

12-29-2016 The NGO will support young entrepreneurs by partnering with existing NGOs or by helping directly youth with clear business projects. The NGO Africa Startup plans to start a project of Education, Trade and Professional Training for young entrepreneurs in Burundi. It has organised, this Thursday 29 December, a workshop (...)

Two non -profit associations oppose law on term limit

12-29-2016 The Centre for Fight against Corruption and Economic Embezzlement in Burundi-OLUCOME and the Coalition of Burundian Civil Society Organizations-ONELOP say they are against the limitation of terms for non-profit associations. “Some leaders of non-profit associations wish to be at the head of their organizations forever and ever”, says Pascal (...)

Burundian trade union confederation leader arrested

12-29-2016 Tharcisse Gahungu, Chairman of the Burundian trade union confederation (COSYBU), was arrested yesterday in Ijenda area of Mugongo-Manga commune in Bujumbura province. A police source says he would have been arrested by agents of the National Intelligence Service. Nsavyimana Célestin, Deputy Chairman of COSYBU, says Gahungu and other trade (...)

Budget inconsistent with Justice Ministry’s importance, study finds

12-28-2016 A study commissioned by the Association of Burundi Catholic Lawyers (ACJB) has concluded that, based on the analysis of 2016 budget, the Ministry of Justice receives a share that does not reflect the importance of the institution. “The overall assessment is that the Ministry of Justice receives an insufficient (...)

Two children dead due to unprotected electric cables

12-28-2016 Two children died in Kinanira district of Kinindo zone in the south of the capital Bujumbura following the uncovered outdoor electrical installations. The organization advocating children’s rights [SOGEPAE] asks the Minister of Energy and Mines to ensure immediate adequate installations. “We are very much concerned about the phenomenon of (...)

Burundian Army hopes its troops in AMISOM will get their arrears”

12-28-2016 Burundi National Defense Force Spokesman, Gaspard Baratuza, confirms the AU appeal to Burundi government to send soldiers who will replace the 40th, 41st and 42nd battalions deployed in Somalia. He believes the Burundian military, who serve the African Union Mission in Somalia-AMISOM, are going to be paid their arrears. (...)

SYNAPA union postpones strike

12-27-2016 Members of SYNAPA Union at Kamenge Neuropsychiatric Center-CNPK section have decided to extend the strike notice by three weeks. They say the health ministry has promised to find an immediate solution to their problems in a meeting held with the union on 16 December. The causes of CNPK section (...)

Burundi needs national policy on alcohol

12-27-2016 On 26 December, Burundi Alcohol Policy Alliance-BAPA, a coalition of eight civil society associations fighting against alcohol abuse, called on the Burundian authorities to introduce a legislation regulating the consumption and marketing of alcoholic beverages. Séraphine Manirambona, Chairwoman of BAPA says that despite the fact that everyone is aware (...)

Security Minister guarantees safety during festivities

12-26-2016 Public security officials say they have taken necessary measures to make sure residents of capital Bujumbura spend Christmas and New Year parties in security. “Security prevails. All measures have been taken to ensure people celebrate Christmas and New Year festivities in peace”, said Alain Guillaume Bunyoni, Minister of Public (...)