Diane Uwimana

Burundi government committed to revitalizing coffee sector

Déo Guide Rurema, Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock has said experts from the government and the World Bank have conducted an audit and discovered that stakeholders in the coffee sector didn’t work in transparency. “There were serious problems related to the good management and repatriation of foreign currencies to the Burundi Central Bank”, he […] (...)

Around 10% of Burundians have access to Internet

Donatien Manirampa, Director General of the Agency for Regulatory and Control of Telecommunications in Burundi-ARCT says about 53% of Burundians are in possession of cell phones, but only around 10% of them have access to internet. “The internet penetration rate remains low due to the telecommunication antennas installed in urban areas,” he says adding that […] (...)

Burundians with mental health problems claim access to medicines

On the occasion of the celebration of the World Mental health Day this October 10th, Burundian patients with mental problems say they don’t get medicines. “The treatment of patients with mental problems is very expensive whereas many of us are from impoverished families,” says one of the patients met at the Kamenge Neuropsychiatric Center-CNPK. The […] (...)

People with disabilities plead for inclusion

While the World celebrates the International Day of Disability on every October 9th, Burundians living with disabilities still face some challenges like access to information, transport, buildings, health care… Adélaide Nyigina, Chairperson for the Union of people living with disabilities in Burundi-UPHB has said the rights for people living with disabilities are not respected in […] (...)

Several factors impel Burundians to commit suicide

Jean Baptiste Nzorironkankuze, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Health has said several factors are related to committing suicide in Burundi. They include mental disorders, psychoactive substances, chronic illnesses, loss of work, or financial loss, relational or social loss, lack of social support and feelings of isolation, unemployment… According to a Health Survey conducted […] (...)

Trade ministry concerned over poor quality of Brarudi beverages

At a press briefing held this October 4, Jean Marie Niyokindi, Minister of Trade has said it has been revealed that some Brarudi products are of poor quality. “Amstel, Primus, Royal and soft drinks have lost their original tastes,” said Mr. Niyokindi. He has said a team of his ministry has carried out an inspection […] (...)

No complaint received about Rugerinyange disappearance, say Police

Jean Marie Rugerinyange, Senior official in the Ministry of Culture and Sports has been missing since September 30th. According to his relatives, he was last seen at his home located Kinanira IV neighborhood in Muha urban commune, in the south of Bujumbura City in the night of September 30th. Pierre Nkurikiye, Spokesperson for the Ministry […] (...)

Local NGO pleads for no alcohol to under 18

While the World celebrates the Alcohol Free Day on each October 2nd, Burundi Alcohol Policy Alliance urges the government to establish a law governing alcohol consumption as it is a reality among young people in the country. Séraphine Manirambona, Chairperson for Burundi Alcohol Policy Alliance-BAPA says it has been proved that drinking to excess among […] (...)

First convoy of Burundian refugees to be repatriated from Tanzania postponed

“The lists of Burundian refugees to be repatriated from Tanzania were not yet ready for October 1st. and the first convoy is therefore postponed to October 3rd,” says Nestor Bimenyimana, Director General of the repatriation and rehabilitation department in the Ministry of Home Affairs. On August 23, the Burundian and Tanzanian governments agreed on the […] (...)

Burundian politicians diverge on extension of COI mandate

The UN Human Rights Council has extended the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi-COI. The decision is viewed differently by Burundian politicians. Térence Manirambona, Spokesperson for CNL party of the opposition says the renewal the mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi will bring no added value to the Burundians “unless there […] (...)