Human Rights Watch: “Under Siege, Burundi’s Journalists Fight On”

07-23-2019 In the context of the third anniversary of the disappearance of Jean Bigirimana, Iwacu journalist on 22 July 2016, Human Rights Watch expresses its concerns over the press situation in Burundi. Iwacu offers below a copy of the opinion piece by Lewis Mudge, the Central Africa director at Human (...)

Opinion/Return of CNARED, a false debate

03-26-2019 By Antoine Kaburahe The opposition platform in exile-CNARED lashes out at the political journalist Agnès Ndirubusa and Iwacu newspaper after the publication of the article «CNARED or a homecoming notebook The article did not please CNARED, given the tweets published by the platform. It does not matter. Before going (...)

African Union Shouldn’t Tolerate Banning Pregnant Girls from School

07-19-2018 By Agnes Odhiambo and Elin Martinez In June, Burundi joined a small group of African countries that ban pregnant girls from continuing with formal education in government schools. Burundi’s Education Ministry banned the boys who get the girls pregnant as well as the girls themselves from going to public (...)

All aboard the Nile Basin! Why only collective action will enable us to reach our destination

06-06-2018 You need to get home but the bus keeps breaking down. If all passengers on the bus combine efforts and push, they can successfully reach their destination – safe and sound. However, instead, some prefer to remain on board and not contribute to the collective effort. Eventually those pushing (...)

ANALYSIS – Burundi: Nkurunziza Referendum that solves nothing whatsoever

05-27-2018 By Antoine Kaburahe and Jean-François Bastin* Ever since 2015, polls in Burundi have been manipulated by a regime desperate to get out of the political quagmire it brought about. Each and every time, it completely failed. The constitutional referendum of May 17 has just, once again, proven this fact. (...)

Regional Nile Day 2018 Celebrations “The Nile: Shared River, Collective Action”

02-21-2018 H.E. Dr. Eng. Seleshi Bekele, Minster of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) Ethiopia is hosting the 2018 Regional Nile Day Celebration in commemoration of the establishment of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on February 22, 1999 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Participants (...)

The Nile: A source of energy, food and water for all

02-20-2017 River Nile is a transboundary resource shared by 11 countries in the Nile Basin, each with different and, sometimes, conflicting interests. This scarce resource is a source of water, energy and food, all of which are essential to human well-being, poverty reduction and sustainable development. Projections in the Nile (...)

Open letter to President Benjamin W. Mkapa

09-26-2016 Dear President Mkapa Allow me to take the liberty to write to you this open letter although you don’t know me. I met you in person, for the first time, during a conference of Ministers of Information from non-aligned countries. The conference that took place in New Delhi, India, (...)

When threatened, nature fights back: A case for wetlands

09-26-2016 At a glance, wetlands – large expanses of swamps – seem like public nuisances, a waste of space; occupying prime land which could otherwise be turned into sprawling shopping malls, hotels or theme parks devoid of any green. Indeed, several wetlands in the Nile Basin have undergone degradation due (...)

Burundi: Inaction from East African community and continuous inflammatory speeches from the ruling party will lead the country into the abyss

08-29-2016 By AmilcarRyumeko* Since end of April 2015, Burundi has plunged into a violent political crisis. The trigger: the candidacy of President Pierre Nkurunziza for a third term in office. The candidacy was contrary to both the spirit and provisions of one of Nelson Mandela’s legacies to Africa, the 2000 (...)