OLUCOME disagrees with ad hoc Commission controlling embezzlement during electoral process

03-31-2020 Gabriel Rufyiri, OLUCOME Chairman says the ad-hoc Commission established by the Burundian government is a persuasive one. “It’s a good initiative for establishing such a commission but its results will be similar to the existing ones. Identified wrongdoers won’t be punished according to Article 69 of the Constitution,” he (...)

CENI intends to exclude Kira-Burundi from 2020 elections, legal representative says

03-24-2020 The Political Coalition Kira Burundi accuses the Electoral Commission of deliberately trying to exclude it from the upcoming 2020 elections. At a press conference held on 23 March, Aloys Baricako, Kira-Burundi legal representative referred to the fact that e CENI rejected all the candidacies submitted for the next legislative (...)

Cendajuru/Busoni – Political intolerance: A worrying phenomenon

03-23-2020 Two houses of members of the National Congress for Liberty (CNL) were burned down in Gashirwe area of Cendajuru commune in Cankuzo province. The Imbonerakure youth and an MP of the ruling CNDD-FDD are said to be behind that. The Imbonerakure are also accused of having burnt down a (...)

Constitutional Court approves candidacy of Ndayizeye for presidential race

03-20-2020 The Constitutional Court ruled on 19 March that only the candidacy of Former President Domitien Ndayizeye was accepted to run for the presidential election set on May 20. He will represent Kira-Burundi coalition. However, two other candidacy files were invalidated namely those of Anicet Niyonkuru representing CDP party and (...)

2020 Elections: Kira Burundi coalition accuses Uprona party of rejection by CENI

03-20-2020 Following the rejection of candidacy files of some political parties in the legislative election, members of Kira Burundi coalition accuses Uprona party of hampering the process. Tatien Sibomana, spokesperson for the independent coalition “Amizero y’Abarundi” and member of Kira Burundi coalition says their rejection means violating the Arusha Agreement. (...)

Leader of opposition CNL in Kabezi shot dead

03-18-2020 The head of the opposition party National Congress for Liberty (CNL) was shot dead in Migera locality of Kabezi commune in Bujumbura Province, on March 16. The victim’s family demands that justice be done. “Methuselah Nahishakiye was killed in the night of Monday, March 16, when he was on (...)

Four files of candidates running for president refused

03-16-2020 On Tuesday, March 10, the National Independent Electoral Commission announced that it had rejected four files of presidential candidates. The concerned candidates expressed their frustration and said they were going to appeal to the Constitutional Court. Jacques Bigirimana of FNL party, Anicet Niyonkuru of CDP, Valentin Kavakure of FPN-Imboneza (...)

Burundian politicians interpret differently COI report on eve of elections

03-12-2020 Léonce Ngendakumana, Deputy Chairperson of Sahwanya FRODEBU party says different reports on human rights and political intolerance in Burundi are often times produced by the UN Commission of Inquiry. “These reports reveal the security and political situation prevailing in the country but nothing changes. The recent incident that occurred (...)

CENI rejects four presidential candidates

03-11-2020 Out of 10 presidential candidacy files, four don’t meet the required conditions. The rejected candidates say they will appeal to the Constitutional Court. They are Jacques Bigirimana, presidential candidate for FNL party, Anicet Niyonkuru for CDP party, Valentin Kavakure for FPN-Imboneza party and former President Domitien Ndayizeye for Kira (...)

Last presidential candidates submit required documents

03-06-2020 Léonce Ngendakumana for Sahwanya Frodebu party, Domitien Ndayizeye for Kira Burundi Coalition , Valentin Kavakure for FPN-Imboneza party and Anicet Niyonkuru for CDP party have submitted, this 5 March, the required documents to the National Independent Electoral Commission[CENI] to run for the presidential election set on May 20. Léonce (...)