Lorraine Josiane Manishatse


Journalist under death threat wins media award

05-05-2020 The Burundi Media Regulator [CNC] awarded on 4 May eight prizes to journalists who participated in the contest of Media Award Edition 2020. The prize for newspaper journalists was won by Edouard Nkurunziza working for Iwacu Press Group who has been living in hiding for more than two months. (...)

CNL Party members accused of committing violence in ongoing electoral campaign

04-30-2020 At a press conference held this 29 April, 2020, the spokesman for the Ministry of Public Security has said “they deplore the behavior displayed by some members of political parties during the ongoing electoral campaign.” Pierre Nkurikiye alludes to an incident that occurred on 27 April during the official (...)

Elections 2020: Defense, security forces to ensure ballot security

04-29-2020 The army and the police will provide security for 14,665 voting centers the day of presidential, legislative and communal council elections scheduled for May 20, 2020. The measure was taken during the meeting organized on 28 April by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the regional and provincial police (...)

Burundi officially launches electoral campaign for 2020 elections

04-28-2020 The electoral campaign for the upcoming presidential, legislative and municipal elections in Burundi scheduled for 20 May, 2020 was officially launched this 27 April. The ruling CNDD-FDD party conducted these activities in Bugendana commune of Gitega central province which is also the country’s political capital. In his speech, Evariste (...)

Burundi confirms new COVID-19 case

04-24-2020 The Ministry of Health has confirmed a new coronavirus case which raises the number of infection to 12. In a statement released on 24 April, Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Health said the new COVID-19 patient is a trainee nurse working at Prince Louis Rwagasore Hospital that houses COVID-19 patients. (...)
Human Right

CNIDH urges politicians to not involve children in politics

04-24-2020 In a meeting with leaders of political parties and independent candidates in the upcoming elections, the Independent National Human Rights Commission [CNIDH] has this 23 April urged them to not involve children in political rallies. “We no longer want to see children being involved in politics as we saw (...)

Burundi: Only press card holders to be allowed to work from July

04-23-2020 “Journalists or communication technicians who do not have a press card will not be allowed to work from July 2020,” said Nestor Bankumukunzi, Chairman of Burundi Media Regulator (CNC) this 22 April after a two-day meeting of committee members held from 21 to 22 April in the Burundian economic (...)

Burundi-COVID-19: Five new people tested positive while four patients discharged from hospital

04-22-2020 “The test carried out on 198 people who have been in contact with 6 patients tested positive for COVID-19 and another suspected case revealed five new cases of COVID-19,” announced Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Health at a press conference held on 21 April. He added that 4 out of (...)

Sources report 12 CNL members detained in Ngozi

04-19-2020 Twelve members of the opposition party National Congress for Freedom (CNL) of Kiremba commune are detained in Ngozi province chief town. They were arrested after the assassination of Joseph Ntirandekura, a leader of the ruling party CNDD-FDD in Gahororo locality on Saturday 11 April. CNL members denounce politically motivated (...)

Burundi reopens borders with Rwanda, DRC to goods trucks

04-16-2020 The Burundi government has reopened its borders with Rwanda in the north and the DRC in the west to vehicles transporting goods. In a note verbale dated 14 April, the Burundian Minister of Foreign Affairs specifies that the measure is taken to allow the continuity of the free movement (...)