Burundi government committed to curbing spread of COVID-19 infection

During the swearing-in of new ministers in the National Assembly this June30, President Evariste Ndayishimiye has announced new measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection throughout the country.

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President Evariste Ndayishimiye has announced a campaign to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the country starting from June 30.
“The price of soap will be reduced by 50% and the government will pay the half,” says President Ndayishimiye.

He has also said the government plans to reduce the price of drinking water in urban areas as Burundi has already recorded 170 cases of COVID-19 including 115 who recovered and one death.

President Ndayishimiye has announced that after the swearing-in of the new Cabinet in the National Assembly this June 30.

On June 28, he had appointed 15 ministers to serve in office for the 2020-2027 term.
All of them swore to respect Burundi Constitution, the Unity Charter and defend the common interests of the country according to Article 138 of the amended constitution promulgated in 2018. “….

I undertake to devote all my energy to defending the higher interests of the nation, ensuring national unity and cohesion among the Burundian people, peace and social justice….” says Gervais Ndirakobuca, Minister of Home Affairs and Public Security, who started to swear before the President, Parliament and Constitutional Court while raising his right hand.

All the ministers have sworn to fight against all ideology and practice of genocide and exclusion. “…I agree to fight all ideology and practice of genocide and exclusion and to promote and defend people’s rights and freedoms,” said Marie Chantal Nijimbere, Minister of Communication and Media.

President Evariste Ndayishimiye has exhorted the new Cabinet to work hard to mark change at the end of the year.