Burundian MPs are disconnected from reality, says corruption watchdog

04-23-2020 Members of the National Assembly approved, on April 21, a draft bill governing the state budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year amounting to BIF 1,576 billion, an increase of 3.9% compared to the last year budget. OLUCOME says lawmakers would have considered the prevailing situation before adopting it. Gabriel (...)

Ernest Manirumva: Olucome denounces miscarriage of justice after 11 years

04-10-2020 Alexis Deswaef, lawyer of the corruption-watchdog-Olucome says there are no investigation and fair trial that have been so far carried out to bring the real murderers and sponsors of the assassination of Ernest Manirumva before the court in Burundi. “This is a miscarriage of justice after 11 years of (...)

COVID-19: OLUCOME calls on government to impose austerity measures

04-03-2020 Following the outbreak of the first two COVID-19 cases in Burundi since March 31, the Burundi anti-corruption watchdog-OLUCOME demands the government to set an austerity budget. Gabriel Rufyiri, OLOCUME Chairman says the Burundian government should reduce non-essential expenses in the general state budget. “The budget should be used for (...)

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 (...)

Burundi among most corrupt countries despite “zero tolerance” declaration, says OLUCOME

08-25-2018 Eight years after Burundi Head of State declared “zero tolerance” to any act of corruption, OLUCOME says Burundi is still among the most corrupt countries in the world. Gabriel Rufyiri, chairman of OLUCOME, a local corruption watchdog, says the situation has worsened and will keep deteriorating if nothing is (...)

Government to develop new strategies to avoid overspending, says economic expert

01-12-2018 Prosper Niyoboke, Dean of Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences and Management at the University of Lake Tanganyika says the country has to draw up some strategies to find solutions to the budget deficit. He refers to the warning of the corruption watchdog-OLUCOME stating that the current expenses are (...)

2018 Budget bill, unrealistic and unreliable one, says OLUCOME

12-11-2017 For the 2018 fiscal year, domestic resources in the general state budget account for 69.6% against 30.4% of donations. Tax revenue constitutes 60.9%, non-tax revenue 5% and exceptional revenue 3.6%. OLUCOME denounces very high taxes. The recently submitted budget bill for 2018 is judged as unrealistic and unreliable by (...)

Corruption watchdog calls on President to cancel request of US$ 32.6 million loan

08-15-2017 In a letter sent to Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza on 9 August, the chairman of the Observatory for the Fight against Corruption and Embezzlement (OLUCOME) expressed his concerns about a credit equivalent to US% 32.6 million to be granted by the Chinese Bank ‘Exim Bank’. This appropriation will be (...)

“Burundi falls into humanitarian assistance phase”, says corruption watchdog

01-25-2017 In a press release of 25 January, the anti-corruption organization OLUCOME calls on Burundi government to reduce the fiscal measures imposed on taxpayers in order to fight hunger that affects the Burundian population. “Of over 3 millions of hungry Burundians, more than 1 million may die if they are (...)

Two non -profit associations oppose law on term limit

12-29-2016 The Centre for Fight against Corruption and Economic Embezzlement in Burundi-OLUCOME and the Coalition of Burundian Civil Society Organizations-ONELOP say they are against the limitation of terms for non-profit associations. “Some leaders of non-profit associations wish to be at the head of their organizations forever and ever”, says Pascal (...)