Politicians disagree on end of voters’ registration process

12-31-2019 The National Independent Electoral Commission-CENI has indicated that there is no additional time for the voters’ registration for the 2020 elections. However, some politicians are still asking for it though others are satisfied. Anicet Niyonkuru, chairman of CDP party deplores the measure taken by the National Independent Electoral Commission (...)

Iwacu news reporters’ lawyers expect release after public hearing

12-30-2019 Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana, Térence Mpozenzi and their driver Adolphe Masabarakiza have appeared before Bubanza High Court, this December 30. After a public hearing which lasted 1h40 min, the Public Prosecutor has just asked for a fifteen-year prison sentence to the four Iwacu news reporters. He has (...)

Burundi President pleads for “fair trial” for Iwacu journalists in jail

12-30-2019 After a largely positive assessment he made for almost 15 years as the president of the Republic of Burundi, the recommendations for his successor, Pierre Nkurunziza shed light on the current people’s concerns during a publ broadcast. It was last Thursday, December 26, in Gitega province. Here are some (...)

Political parties in Rumonge province plead for release of their representatives

12-27-2019 A few days after the detention of some political representatives accused of having torpedoed the partial registration process of voters in Rumonge province, the political parties to which they belong demand their release. Four political representatives including three CNL party members and one from UPRONA party were arrested two (...)

Burundi President urges Iwacu news reporters to look for lawyers

12-27-2019 During the public conference that was held in Gitega Province this December 26, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has said the four Iwacu reporters detained in Bubanza Province since October 22, have the right to look for lawyers to defend them. “There are reasons behind their arrest. Juridical officials are (...)

Politicians diverge on code of conduct for 2020 elections

12-24-2019 Abdul Kassim, Chairman of UPD Zigamibanga party says the code of conduct signed by leaders of political parties in Kayanza province, this December 23, will contribute to the smooth running of the 2020 elections. He also says its contents come from different views made by leaders of political parties (...)

Victims of “Kuwinterekwa” flooding in despair

12-24-2019 The victims of the torrential rains that hit “Kuwinterekwa” and Nyabagere neighborhoods in the north of Bujumbura city in the night of December 21 are now sheltered at Kuwinterekwa” basic school. They fear the worst if nothing is done urgently. The situation is still deplorable. On 23 December, streets (...)

Kirundo / Political intolerance

12-22-2019 Livestock and crops of CNL party members under threat Devastated crops, slaughtered cattle in addition to physical assault and imprisonment, persecution against the Inyankamugayo (CNL party members) in Kirundo province seem widespread. Iwacu reporters carried out an investigation in the communes of Kirundo, Busoni and Gitobe. The last two (...)

Rise in food price seriously affects families in Gitega

12-21-2019 Food price has drastically increased these days in Gitega central market and shops. Consumers deplore speculation. When one arrives at the central market of Gitega province chief town in central Burundi, stands and stalls are full of products. Standing in front of the business owner, Claudine came to get (...)

Bar owners ask Bujumbura Mayor to increase opening hours

12-20-2019 Freddy Mbinimpa, Mayor of Bujumbura, took, on 22 December, a series of measures including fixing the opening and closing hours of bars. Bars must open after 5 p.m. and close before 9 p.m., on weekdays while they open after 1 p.m. to close before 9 p.m. on weekends. At (...)