Lorraine Josiane Manishatse

US Embassy to strengthen partnership with University of Burundi

The US Ambassador to Burundi visited the University of Burundi on 5 December. The aim of the visit was to strengthen partnership with this university. “The US Embassy has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Burundi which is limited to English learning,” said Eunic Sharom Reddick, US Ambassador to Burundi. In her meeting […] (...)

Over 79,000 Burundian refugees returned home from Tanzania within two years

Dar es Salaam hosted on 29 November the 21st Meeting of the Tripartite Commission for the Voluntary Repatriation of Burundian Refugees from Tanzania. The Delegation of the United Republic of Tanzania was led by Kangi Lugola Minister of Home Affairs, that of Burundi by Pascal Barandagiye, Minister of the Interior while the UNHCR delegation was […] (...)

Burundi industry is struggling, industrialists say

The Association of Burundi Industrialists (AIB) reveals that this sector confronts financial and technical problems. “Burundi industry faces the lack of energy, foreign currencies and reliable and developed infrastructure,” said Olivier Suguru, chairman of the Association of Burundi Industrialists. It was in an exchange workshop organized by AIB along with the Ministry of Trade, Industry […] (...)

CNARED calls for coalition of opposition parties to win upcoming elections

In a statement released on December 1st following the meeting held in Kampala from November 29 to 1 December, the opposition platform in exile CNARED says opposition parties affiliated with it have agreed to form a coalition in order to properly prepare for and win the 2020 elections. That platform asks other opposition parties to […] (...)

Burundi accuses Rwanda of perpetrating recent attack against military position

“For the nth time, the Government of Burundi has just been attacked in the night of 16 to 17 November 2019 by a neighboring country,” read the statement released on November 28 by Burundi government. Prosper Ntahorwamiye, Burundi government secretary and spokesman said that during that night, the Rwandan army carried out an attack on […] (...)

Only 20% of people with disabilities have job in Burundi, reveals a report

The lack of access to employment for people with disabilities remains a big challenge in Burundi. The Union of People with Disabilities of Burundi (UPHB) claims for the ratification of ILO Convention 159 to change the situation. People with disabilities represent between 15 and 20% of the Burundian population. Only 2% of them have a […] (...)

Ravine threatens houses and infrastructure in Gisyo neighborhood

Residents of Gisyo neighborhood are worried about the collapse of the gutter that channels the runoff from Kanyosha urban area of Muha commune in the south of Bujumbura City. This gutter has become a deep ravine. Several houses have already been washed away by the ravine and a high school risks collapsing. “The shores of […] (...)

Only Burundi Central Bank to buy and sell gold

The Minister of Energy and Mines has banned any gold business in the country. Only Burundi Central Bank is allowed to buy and sell gold. A local corruption watchdog applauds the decision but doubts its implementation. “The purchase and sale of gold by shop counters is now suspended,” said Come Manirakiza, Minister of Energy and […] (...)

Cement is now available in sufficient quantity, BUCECO official reassures

Official of Burundi Cement Company says the scarcity of BUCECO cement observed for almost two months was due to the technical problems that occurred in the company. He reassures that the cement is now available. The shortage of the cement manufactured by Burundi Cement Company (BUCECO) has been observed for more than two months in […] (...)

FRODEBU determined to participate in 2020 election at any cost

“Despite the restriction of political space in the country, FRODEBU party will participate in the upcoming 2020 elections,” said Pierre Claver Nahimana, FRODEBU chairman, at a press conference held on 21 November when presenting the electoral strategy of this party. He refers to recent attacks carried out by an armed group in Bubanza province, western […] (...)