CENI: Data entry process is ongoing

02-27-2018 Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, Chairman of the National Independent Electoral Commission-CENI says 390,134 voters (8%) out of 5,000,742 registered people were computerized in three days. “Thanks to 207 installed computers, our data entry agents are rapidly computerizing registered people,” says Ndayicariye adding that CENI is waiting for 143 computers to (...)

Bujumbura: Small denomination banknotes to provoke quarrel between bus drivers and passengers

01-23-2018 Following the rise in fuel prices at gas stations, bus fare in Bujumbura town and in the countryside has increased. The price of transport in Bujumbura neighbourhoods has increased from BIF 350 to BIF 380. The lack of BIF 10 and 20 bills causes problems. Drivers met in town (...)

Burundi government raises fuel price

01-20-2018 “The price of fuel has gone up, the price of 1 liter of gasoline and diesel at gas station will cost BIF 2250, has declared this Friday 19 January, Léonidas Sindayigaya, Spokesman for the Ministry of the Energy and Mines. Before this decision was taken to increase the fuel (...)

Around 12,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania seek to be repatriated

09-04-2017 The tripartite meeting held on 31 August by representatives of Burundi and Tanzanian Governments alongside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Dar-es Salaam concluded that approximately 12,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzania will be voluntarily repatriated by the end of December 2017. The delegation of the United (...)

Burundian refugees need help

06-21-2017 The World Refugee Day which is celebrated every 20th of June occurs when 413.350 Burundian have taken refuge in different countries. They call for assistance. “We have many problems some of which are related to health, education, etc.”, says Emmanuel Ntirampeba, a representative of Rusenda camp refugees in DRC. (...)

Mkapa calls for extraordinary EAC summit to boost inter-Burundian dialogue

02-21-2017 At the close of the fourth round of the inter-Burundian dialogue held in Arusha from 16 to 19 February, Mkapa said it is imperative to convene an extraordinary summit of Heads of East African Community states to boost the dialogue process. “There is an imperative need to hold an (...)

Prepare for short growing season, experts warn

02-18-2017 On 16 February 2017, Burundi environment ministry organised a workshop on how to mitigate the impact of the climate change. Theophile Ndarufatiye, the assistant to the environment minister, said climate change is a serious problem. “We are currently witnessing various climatic disturbances all over the world due mainly to (...)

Burundi Government boycotts the Arusha dialogue

02-16-2017 The Burundian Government spokesman announced on 15 February that the Government would not be represented in the inter-Burundi dialogue session scheduled from 16 to 18 February in Arusha, Tanzania. “The Government has decided not to send a delegation to Arusha to attend the inter-Burundian dialogue session scheduled from 16 (...)

A currency that converts into itself

02-07-2017 Small money has become so rare. Assistants to drivers of public transport are the first to be affected by the phenomenon. “Get in only if you have small money”, that’s a repeated warning -annoying to some- that bus passengers around Bujumbura city always hear from turnboys. Ignoring the warning (...)

Kirundo and Muyinga Governors’ protective measures cause beans shortage in Bujumbura

01-18-2017 Beans, a staple food in Burundi, have been scarce in the capital since the end of 2016, costing 50% more than they did in October. Kamenge wholesalers say the shortage of beans in the capital Bujumbura might stem from the measures by governors of some northern provinces to restrict (...)