Diane Uwimana


COVID-19: OLUCOME calls on government to impose austerity measures

04-03-2020 Following the outbreak of the first two COVID-19 cases in Burundi since March 31, the Burundi anti-corruption watchdog-OLUCOME demands the government to set an austerity budget. Gabriel Rufyiri, OLOCUME Chairman says the Burundian government should reduce non-essential expenses in the general state budget. “The budget should be used for (...)

Citizens concerned over COVID-19 outbreak in Burundi

04-02-2020 Some citizens of Bujumbura city live in fear since they heard the outbreak of COVID-19 in Burundi, this March 31. “We don’t have any other choice than abiding by the hygienic measures,” says a taxi-driver met in Mukaza commune in Bujumbura city. He also says the government should impose (...)

ABUBEF pleads for easy access to services for patients with cervical cancer

04-01-2020 Donavine Uwimana, Director of the Burundian Association for Family Welfare-ABUBEF says cervical cancer is a reality in Burundi and contributes to preventable maternal mortality. “Cervical cancer is one of the fairly common gynecological cancers but it can be prevented by vaccination and screening,” she says adding that in more (...)

Burundi reports first two cases of COVID-19

04-01-2020 Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Public Health has said the two men aged 56 and 42 are both Burundians residing in Bujumbura City. “The two nationals had previously travelled to Rwanda and Dubai and were hospitalized at BUMEREC Hospital,” he said adding that they had a cough, a runny nose (...)

OLUCOME disagrees with ad hoc Commission controlling embezzlement during electoral process

03-31-2020 Gabriel Rufyiri, OLUCOME Chairman says the ad-hoc Commission established by the Burundian government is a persuasive one. “It’s a good initiative for establishing such a commission but its results will be similar to the existing ones. Identified wrongdoers won’t be punished according to Article 69 of the Constitution,” he (...)

COVID-19: Government calls on Burundians to implore God to bar virus

03-26-2020 Prosper Ntahorwamiye, Spokesperson for the government, says Burundi doesn’t have any special expertise in the prevention of COVID-19 compared to other countries already affected by the disease. “Only grace’s God has protected Burundi”, he said in a statement issued this 25 March. He also said the population must continue (...)

Constitutional Court approves candidacy of Ndayizeye for presidential race

03-20-2020 The Constitutional Court ruled on 19 March that only the candidacy of Former President Domitien Ndayizeye was accepted to run for the presidential election set on May 20. He will represent Kira-Burundi coalition. However, two other candidacy files were invalidated namely those of Anicet Niyonkuru representing CDP party and (...)

Burundi suspends visa application

03-20-2020 Ezéchiel Nibigira, Minister of Foreign Affairs says visa applications are suspended until further notice. He, however, says the decision doesn’t mean the closure of Burundian borders. “The measure has been taken to prevent COVID-19 outbreak in Burundi”, he says. It was in the meeting with diplomatic corps and consular (...)

2020 Elections: Kira Burundi coalition accuses Uprona party of rejection by CENI

03-20-2020 Following the rejection of candidacy files of some political parties in the legislative election, members of Kira Burundi coalition accuses Uprona party of hampering the process. Tatien Sibomana, spokesperson for the independent coalition “Amizero y’Abarundi” and member of Kira Burundi coalition says their rejection means violating the Arusha Agreement. (...)

No need to wear masks, says Burundi Health Minister

03-19-2020 Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Public Health says there has not been any suspected case of COVID-19 in Burundi until 18 March. “There is no need to wear masks on the mouth. This is embezzlement and it creates panic among the population,” he says adding that only suspected cases, affected (...)