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Government to punish traders speculating on food price

04-03-2020 The government warns traders who take advantage of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic to exorbitantly increase price of some products. Since the Minister of Health has announced the first two cases of COVID-19, residents of Bujumbura have been buying large quantities of food to keep at home. They think (...)

OBR to impose sanctions on delaying rental taxpayers

04-03-2020 Joseph Ndayizeye, Head of the department of rental income tax management at Burundi Revenue Authority- OBR says his institution has collected BIF over BIF 6,7 billion in the first quarter of 2020 fiscal year. “We have just received the declarations of 6039 people from January to March 31,” says (...)

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 (...)

Press release – MP threatens to kill Iwacu journalists

03-30-2020 This Sunday, Iwacu Press Group was dismayed to hear remarks threatening some of its journalists. The threats, which Iwacu newspaper has evidence of and which will be provided to the relevant authorities, were spoken by a Member of Parliament elected in the Constituency of Cankuzo. MP Anglebert Ngendabanka threatens (...)

COVID-19: Burundi has to be careful before deciding lockdown, economist says

03-27-2020 Burundi has not yet registered any case of COVID-19 infection so far, according to the communiqué of the government released on 25 March. The government has taken some measures, including closing the borders with neighboring countries affected with pandemic and suspending flights at Burundi Melchior Ndadaye International Airport to (...)

Over 2,500 water sources dried in Burundi, Environment Ministry says

03-27-2020 “Our country has 24,787 water sources, 17,821 of them are preserved, 1,418 are disappearing while 2,508 have completely dried up,” said Emmanuel Ndorimana, permanent secretary to the Minister of Environment this 26 March. It was in the context of the celebration of the International Water Day which is usually (...)

COVID-19: Government calls on Burundians to implore God to bar virus

03-26-2020 Prosper Ntahorwamiye, Spokesperson for the government, says Burundi doesn’t have any special expertise in the prevention of COVID-19 compared to other countries already affected by the disease. “Only grace’s God has protected Burundi”, he said in a statement issued this 25 March. He also said the population must continue (...)

Passengers at Bujumbura bus parking have to wash hands before getting into buses

03-26-2020 On the occasion of the Public Transport Day celebrated on 25 March, Burundian transport operators ask people to wash hands before getting into bus as the day coincides with the wide spread of COVID-19. The Association of Transport Operators in Burundi set up hand washing mechanisms in various bus (...)

Business activities slows down at Bujumbura City Market following COVID-19 prevention measures

03-25-2020 The movement of customers and travelers has significantly decreased at Bujumbura City Market commonly known as “kwa Siyoni”. Some travel agencies inside this market are closed while some others are opened by agency officers who to stay there to spend time. This situation is due to the preventive measures (...)

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 (...)