Great Lakes Region

USA for voluntary repatriation of refugees in Great Lakes Region

09-12-2019 At a press conference held this Wednesday, September 11, the US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa has said the repatriation of Burundian refugees judged to be “forced” by some people, must follow a voluntary process. J. Peter Pham has said “the forced repatriation of refugees (...)

DRC President visits Burundi

06-15-2019 Félix Tshisekedi, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo made a four-hour visit to Burundi on Friday, 14 June. His visit was closed with a joint statement which was read by Ezéchiel Nibigira, the Burundian Minister of Foreign Affairs. He said that President Félix Tshisekedi responded to the (...)

“Even the biggest enemies can come together”

04-08-2019 In an exclusive interview with Iwacu, Zachary Muburi-Muita, Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region-ICGLR, returns to the issues of concern within the region. Among other things, he gives his opinions on the accusations and counter-accusations between Burundi and Rwanda, tensions between Kigali and Kampala, (...)

The Year of the Nile Basin: Putting Water at the Heart of Regional Transformation

03-27-2019 World Water Day, on March 22 every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s celebration coincides with The Year of the Nile Basin, as declared by the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) Member States on January 27, 2019. The declaration is in relation to the (...)

20th COMESA Heads of State Summit to be relocated for security reasons

05-24-2018 After Sindiso N’gwenya, Secretary General of COMESA declared on May 18th that the 20th summit of COMESA Heads of State and government which was expected to take place in Burundi from 1 to 10 June 2018 will be postponed and relocated to Lusaka, the Secretary of and Spokesman for (...)

Will Burundi host 20th COMESA summit in June?

05-22-2018 Ambiguity reigns around the 20th summit of COMESA organization. While we can read on the official website of COMESA that the 20th summit is to be held in Lusaka, Zambia in July 2018 , the spokesperson for the government says Burundi has not yet got any official document attesting (...)

Youth think tank for Great Lakes

01-22-2018 Those young people are from Burundi, DRC and Rwanda. They network for the development of the Great Lakes region by promoting entrepreneurial initiatives of young people. According to them, it is difficult to achieve their goal as long as the principles of a free and open market society are (...)

Ambassador Zachary Muburi Muita: A strong believer in African solutions to African problems

08-10-2016 The new ICGLR Executive Secretary strongly believes Africans can solve their problems once united. Foreign partnership should be limited. Applying this view to Burundi, he will favour cooperation with the government to help end the ongoing crisis. “I am a strong believer in African solutions to African problems”, said (...)