Diane Uwimana

HIV: Heath Ministry calls on community to make difference

On the occasion of the World Day to fight against HIV that has been celebrated in Burundi on December 4, Aimé Ndayizeye, Director of the National Program for Fighting against HIV has said that HIV infection in Burundi is a generalized epidemic with an overall prevalence rate of 0.9% for people aged from 15 to […] (...)

Burundians with disabilities plead for access to election offices in 2020

On the occasion of the World Day of People living with disabilities this December 3, Cassien Bizabigomba, Chairman of the Federation of Associations of people living with disabilities in Burundi says the latter have difficulty accessing the voting material and getting information. “Those who have physical disability don’t easily access the polling stations because the […] (...)

CNL Chairman denounces political intolerance

Agathon Rwasa, CNL party chairman has said four CNL party members have been killed in a month in Ngozi province. “They have been killed by youths affiliated to the ruling party”, he said adding that the situation is calm as if anything hasn’t happened. He said it during the opening ceremony of a party office […] (...)

Five CNL party members arrested in Nyabitsinda

MP Noé Mbonigaba, one of CNL leaders in Ruyigi province says five party members have been arrested in Ndago and Mago areas of Nyabitsinda commune, this November 28. He also says the motives behind this arrest are due to a confrontation that occurred in the locality on November 22. “Members of the CNDD-FDD ruling party […] (...)

CENI urges judicial officials to intervene in electoral disputes

Pierre Claver Kazihise, Chairman of the National Independent Electoral Commission-CENI has said judicial officials are key partners in punishing electoral infringements. “Judicial officials must know the content of the electoral code to impose sanctions related to the election- based conflicts,” said Kazihise. It was during a workshop on electoral litigation and electoral infringements organized by […] (...)

Heavy rain causes damage in Mugongo-Manga

More than ten students from Nyarushanga fundamental school in Mugongo-Manga commune of Bujumbura province have been seriously injured due to a strong wind and a very heavy rain that hit the locality in the night of November 27. “One of them has been transferred to Bujumbura city and five others are receiving treatment at Ijenda […] (...)

83% of women exclusively breastfeed infants in Burundi

Fidèle Nkezabahizi, Director of the National Integrated Program of Food and Nutrition in the Ministry of Public Health said about 78% of urban women exclusively breastfeed their infants up to six months. “They are estimated at 86% in rural areas”. He said it during a media workshop preparing the launch of the World Breastfeeding Week […] (...)

Traders using umbrellas in Bujumbura city in despair

Trading activities under umbrellas are no longer authorized in Bujumbura city since this November 22. Freddy Mbonimpa, Bujumbura Mayor said the decision concerns the three urban communes of Bujumbura city. Dealers of airtime cards and money transfer in Mukaza urban city are lamenting. Umbrellas of Lumitel or Econet phone companies were not put up in […] (...)

Burundian journalists plead for release of their colleagues from Iwacu

“They have just spent a month in jail while they didn’t commit any crime,” says a journalist working for a local radio station. For him, the four Iwacu news reporters were simply doing their daily job. “This is not the first time journalists are arrested. But the authorities shout out loud that the freedom of […] (...)

Burundi government threatens media with zero tolerance

Isidore Ntirampeba, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said the Burundian government won’t tolerate any media that wants to abuse the press freedom to undermine public security. “This is clear, we don’t gamble with security and there will be no tolerance”, he said. It was in a briefing session for heads of […] (...)