Lorraine Josiane Manishatse

Burundian Bar yet to achieve independence

“The violation of lawyers’ independence is one of the challenges Bujumbura Bar is faced with,” said Jean de Dieu Muhuzenge, President of Bujumbura Bar at a press conference held on 21 January on the occasion of the celebration of the 70th anniversary since Bujumbura Bar was created. He gave the example of a magistrate from […] (...)

Radio Isanganiro correspondent in Karuzi province released

Blaise Pascal Kararumiye, the Radio Isanganiro’s correspondent in Karuzi has been released in the afternoon of this 20 January 2020. He was summoned to appear at the office of the Governor of Karuzi province where he was heard by the governor, her advisers, all communal administrators of Karuzi province as well as the public prosecutor […] (...)

Export of Brarudi products resumes in Rumonge port

After six months of suspension of the export of drinks produced by the Burundian Brewing Company (Brarudi) to DRC, it has resumed in Rumonge port. Burundian and Congolese traders are satisfied but local consumers complain about the scarcity and increase in cost of some drinks. Trucks of Brarudi Company arrive one after the other in […] (...)

European parliament demands release of four detained Burundian journalists

European parliamentarians adopted on 16 January a resolution condemning the continued deterioration of human rights situation in the lead-up to the upcoming elections. According to them, the victims of those abuses are mainly political opponents and people who are considered to be opponents. The European Parliament also called on Burundian authorities to drop the charges […] (...)

Over 50% of Burundian children under five to be suffering from chronic malnutrition

“54.2% of children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition,” said Thaddée Ndikumana, Burundi Minister of Health while presenting a donation given by the World Bank to improve the health of children before parliamentarians this Wednesday. Mr Ndikumana has said 3.7% of children under the age of 5 suffer from wasting disease, 5.1% […] (...)

Parliamentarians disagree over responsibility for crimes committed in Burundi

“At least 140,000 Burundians were killed and others went missing in crises that Burundi experienced from 1885 to 2008,” said Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR) when presenting the annual report before parliamentarians on Tuesday 14 January. According to CVR, over 4,000 mass graves were identified in various provinces of […] (...)

CVR discovers over 250 human remains in northern Bujumbura within one month

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has exhumed between 250 and 270 human remains that were buried in a mass grave located in Kamenge neighborhood in the north the Economic Capital Bujumbura within one month. “We also discovered human remains and other personal materials such as clothes, watches, identity cards even though they are no longer […] (...)

CFWIJ pleads for acquittal of two Burundian female journalists

In a statement issued on 9 January, the Coalition for Women in Journalism (CFWIJ) expressed its concern over the charges against two female journalists detained with their male colleague since 22 October 2020. “The Coalition For Women in Journalism is concerned about the charges made against Burundi journalists Agnès Ndirubusa and Christine Kamikazi, along with […] (...)

Chairman of teachers’ union arrested in southern Burundi

The chairman of the General Union of Teaching Staff in Burundi (SYGEPEBU) spent the second night in the police station of Rutana province in southern Burundi. Gérard Niyongabo, Chairman of the Union of Professional Teachers in Burundi (SEPEDUC] says Antoine Manuma, SYGEPEBU chairman was arrested in the evening of 8 January by the head of […] (...)

Over 5 million Burundians expected to participate in 2020 election

Four Burundian Ministers visited this 8 January 2020 the data processing center of the Independent National Electoral Commission [CENI] to inquire about the progress of the activities of inputting voters who were registered during the partial voters’registration campaign organized from 9 to 12 December, 2019. This voters’ registration campaign concerned Burundians who could not be […] (...)