Lorraine Josiane Manishatse

Pupil died in northern Bujumbura due to teacher’s beatings

A pupil of Carama Basic School in Kinama urban area in the north of Burundi died on October 28. Sources indicate that her death was caused by brutal beatings she received from her teacher. Defenders of the children’s rights condemn corporal punishment in school. Chadia Nishimwe, a 13-year-old girl died around 11 am on October […] (...)

Trial verdict on four journalists detained in Bubanza to be rendered within 48hours

Four journalists working for Iwacu Press Group namely Christine Kamikazi, Agnès Ndirubusa, Térence Mpozenzi, Egide Harerimana and their driver Adolphe Masabarakiza detained in Bubanza since 22 October for “complicity in undermining the internal state security” appeared on 29 October in front of the judge’s council chamber that will announce the verdict within 48h. Clément Retirakiza, […] (...)

Burundi artists producing animated films in need of support

“The animated film is still at the embryonic stage in Burundi although we shape an ongoing evolution compared to the past five years, “said Florian Nifasha, a Burundian author of over 10 animated cartoons. It was on 28 October, on the occasion of the International Animation Day. As Mr Nifasha says, this domain faces the […] (...)

Burundi GDP grows slowly due to laziness, ISTEEBU reveals

The current Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is 315 USD per capita, reveals the census conducted in 2018 by the Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of Burundi (ISTEEBU). The ISTEEBU director general believes that the GDP grows slowly while the Burundi 2020-2025 vision plans to reach the GDP per capita of more than 700 USD. […] (...)

Human rights organizations urge immediate and unconditional release of arrested journalists

In a statement issued on 24 October, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrest of four journalists and their driver working for Iwacu newspaper. A team of four journalists of Iwacu newspaper namely Christine Kamikazi, Agnès Ndirubusa, Térence Mpozenzi, Egide Harerimana and their driver Adolphe Masabarakiza were arrested on Tuesday, October 22 in Musigati commune […] (...)

Mubone garbage dump threatens locals

On both sides of the street leading to Mubone garbage dump located in Mubone neighborhood in Buterere area in the north of Bujumbura city, there is a swarm of flies above the garbage which emits nauseating smell and flowing rainwater mixed with garbage. The local population fear to contract diseases due to lack of hygiene. […] (...)

Burundi / Media: Iwacu journalists kept in police custody in Bubanza

A team of Iwacu news reporters namely Christine Kamikazi, Agnès Ndirubusa, Térence Mpozenzi, Egide Harerimana and their driver Adolphe Masabarakiza were arrested on Tuesday, October 22 around noon in Musigati commune of Bubanza province in the west of Burundi where heavy gunfire was heard this morning. They were arrested by the chief of police operations […] (...)

Burundi about to fully pay contribution arrears to EAC, Minister says

“The Government of Burundi has made a firm commitment to pay all arrears it owes to the East African Community. We still have to pay about 2% of the arrears in order to start paying the contributions for the current fiscal year,” said Isabelle Ndahayo, Burundi Minister of East African Community Affairs in a meeting […] (...)

Burundi to achieve UN Programme on HIV/AIDS 90–90–90 targets

“Burundi attained a remarkable success in reducing HIV associated morbidity, mortality and transmission as well as improving the quality of life of people living with HIV,” said Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Health, at a public conference on productive health, organized on 17 October by Burundi First Lady, Denise Nkurunziza. According to him, people living with […] (...)

CNL party office coated with lubricating oil in Cibitoke

Unidentified people have painted the office the opposition party CNL with used lubricating oil in Buhindo area in Mugwi Commune of Cibitoke Province in the north western Burundi. “In the morning of October 16, we found our office painted in black,” says CNL member adding that it was coated with used lubricating oils. Other sources […] (...)