Nkurunziza Seeks to Forestall Diplomatic Fallout
[East African] A week after President Pierre Nkurunziza's inauguration only a few leaders had sent messages of congratulations as he started his third term in office.
New Tensions With Burundi Over Rwandans Held in Prison
[East African] Tensions between Rwanda and Burundi continue to simmer following reports that dozens of Rwandans are being held incommunicado by Burundian authorities on suspicion of espionage, amid reports that Kigali has offered a safe haven to Burundian opposition members.
EAC Secretariat Suspends Key Activities As Coffers Run Dry
[East African] The EAC Secretariat has been forced to suspend most of its programmes due to a budgetary shortfall, blamed on the failure by partner states to submit their contributions.
Art Pieces a Difficult Sell in Rwanda
[East African] As you enter the Innovation Village in Kacyiru, a large, flamboyantly coloured oil painting of a sombre African woman welcomes you.
Burundian Paints Strong Kenyan Women
[East African] Regional integration is alive and well in the work of Nelson Niyakire's work, one of Burundi's finest visual artists. His paintings have not only crossed the border to be showcased in Rwanda, but his exhibition is about Kenyan women.
Uneasy Neighbours - Rwanda and Burundi
[Deutsche Welle] The Burundian crisis has stoked tensions with Rwanda. Arrests of foreign nationals and mutual recriminations are unlikely to lead to war, but a possible split of the region into two rival blocs is worrying observers.
Ban Urges All Parties in Burundi to 'Look Beyond Political Differences,' Revive Spirit of Landmark Peace Accord
[UN News] Fifteen years after the signing of a landmark Burundi peace accord, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all the country's political leaders, including those in exile, to find common cause and commit to build on the stability that was ushered in by the Arusha Agreement.
The True Price of Nkurunziza's Third Term
[ISS] On Thursday 20 August, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza surprised many when he was sworn in for his third mandate six days before the inauguration was scheduled to take place.
Silence in Burundi As Violence Forces Independent Press Into Exile
[CPJ] On June 24, a grenade was thrown through the window of Voice of America correspondent Diane Nininahazwe's home. It was one of three cases CPJ has documented in recent months where grenades were thrown into the homes of journalists in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura. Fortunately, there have been no fatalities, but there have also been no arrests.
Regional MPs Want More Time to Compile Report On Burundian Refugees
[New Times] Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) who toured Rwanda and Tanzania in June to assess the status of Burundian refugees have requested for more time to compile their report.
Troubled Burundi's New Government
[Deutsche Welle] In strife-torn Burundi, President Pierre Nkurunziza has nominated a new cabinet less than a week after being sworn in for a controversial third term. Dominated by hardliners, it is unlikely to be genuinely inclusive.
The Enigmatic Agathon Rwasa
[Focus] The photo of Agathon Rwasa, leader of Burundi's National Forces of Liberation (FNL) party, circulating on social media where he is shown joyously congratulating Pierre Nkurunziza at his swearing in ceremony for a controversial third term as President, must have rankled and perplexed both party loyalists and neutrals.
In Burundi Looms New Civil War
[Independent (Kampala)] Mourners attend the vigil of Burundian General Adolphe Nshimirimana in Bujumbura, at the site where he was killed, on Aug.9. Nshimirimana, widely seen as Burundi's de-facto internal security chief and close aide of President Nkurunziza, was killed in a rocket attack on August 2. AFP PHOTOMost nights, the city rattles with bursts of automatic gunfire and the blasts of grenades
Rights Group Accuses Burundian Security Forces of Torture
[Deutsche Welle] Just days after Burundian President Pierre Nkurunuziza was sworn in for a controversial third term, rights group Amnesty International claims his security forces used iron bars and acid to silence pre-election dissent. DW spoke to Sarah Jackson, Amnesty International's East Africa deputy director.
Opposition Activist Shot Dead in Burundi
[News24Wire] A Burundian opposition activists has been shot dead east of the capital Bujumbura, witnesses said on Sunday, as violence linked to the controversial election victory of President Pierre Nkurunziza persists.
Nkurunziza Is Sworn in in a Surprise Ceremony
[East African] Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza was on Thursday morning sworn in for a controversial third term in a ceremony announced only three hours before time.
EAC Funding Under Threat As Donors Object to Nkurunziza's Third Term
[East African] As Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza begins his controversial third term in office, the whole of East Africa will soon feel the effects of a donor freeze occasioned by his decision to extend his stay in power.
After Burundi, Tanzania Should Give us Better Lessons On Political Civility
[New Times] The noise around Kenya importing sugar from Uganda doesn't seem to be going down anytime soon and is starting to border on noise pollution if I can call it that.
Rwandans Held in Burundi As More Refugees Trek in
[New Times] Many Rwandan nationals are being held by Burundian security agencies under circumstances that remain unclear. According to reliable sources, over 30 Rwandans on board buses traveling to Bujumbura were disembarked on several occasions, arrested and taken to unknown destinations.
Regional Drug Firms Make Donation to Refugees
[EA Business] Arusha -The East African Secretariat has received a donation of various essential medicines and health supplies from the Federation of East African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (FEAPM) for emergency humanitarian assistance to Burundi refugees' camps in Kigoma region of Tanzania and Eastern Province of Rwanda.