Lorraine Josiane Manishatse


Five CNL members arrested in western Bujumbura province

05-20-2020 Three members of the opposition CNL party, including a candidate for the election of communal councilors and two political observers were arrested in the evening of 18 May in Mutimbuzi commune of Bujumbura province in the west of Burundi. They are currently detained in a cell of Rubirizi area. (...)

Elections 2020: CENI announces new rules

05-19-2020 The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) announced on 18 May measures to be followed during the polls scheduled for 20 May. “Burundian citizens who were not able to overthrow their voting cards will participate in the upcoming elections scheduled for 2020 May if they present their identity cards and (...)

CNL representatives in Nyabiraba endure persecution

05-15-2020 Officials of the opposition party CNL in Nyabiraba commune, Bujumbura province say they live in hiding following death threats they receive from members of the ruling party CNDD-FDD. “Since the arrest of our comrade Vianney Iradukunda, we no longer sleep at home,” one CNL representative in Nyabiraba commune told (...)
Human Right

CNIDH urges politicians to ban use of children in political campaign

05-14-2020 A video showing children chanting political slogans has been circulating on social media for the past few days. The National Independent Human Rights Commission (CNIDH) urges politicians to ban children’s participation in political activities. “The involvement of children in politics has negative consequences for society and children’s lives,” says (...)

Police accuse CNL members of disrupting electoral campaign

05-13-2020 The electoral campaign for the next elections scheduled for May 20, 2020 has been taking place across the country for two weeks. “Cases of violence have decreased during the second week of the campaign,” said Pierre Nkurikiye, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security at a press conference held (...)

People claim to get voting cards one day before deadline expiration

05-12-2020 One day before the end of a one-week extension granted by the Independent National Electoral Commission(CENI) to some citizens to withdraw their voting cards at the offices the of Communal Electoral Commission (CECI), several people deplore that they have not yet received their cards. This chance was given to (...)

Kira-Burundi Coalition denounces unfair treatment of political parties’ members

05-08-2020 “We deplore the inertia of the national electoral commission on cases of the electoral code violation reported in various areas of the country as well as the policy of double standards being applied by the administrative and security authorities,” said Aloys Baricako, representative of Kira-Burundi Coalition at a press (...)

Majority of voters received voting cards, CENI reports

05-08-2020 “Almost 90% of voters withdrew their voting cards within the time limit set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI),” said Pierre Claver Kazihise, Chairman of CENI at a press conference held in the afternoon of 6 May. The electoral commission conducted activities to issue voting cards to citizens (...)

Verdict on four detained Iwacu journalists to be announced within 30 days

05-07-2020 The Ntahangwa Court of Appeal has adjourned for further deliberation the trial of four journalists of Iwacu Press Group detained in Bubanza Province after being heard in public audience on Wednesday 6 May. Four journalists of Iwacu Press Group, namely Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Térence Mpozenzi and Egide Harerimana (...)

Quarrel between CNDD-FDD and CNL party members in southern Bujumbura

05-06-2020 Members of the ruling CNDD-FDD party and those of the opposition party National Congress for Liberty (CNL) have quarreled in the morning of 5 May over the organization of political rally on the football pitch commonly called ‘Kuba Chinois’. It’s located at Kamesa Primary School in Musaga area, in (...)