Bujumbura Court of Appeal Disbars Four Lawyers
[Iwacu] Bujumbura Court of Appeal decided on 16 January to disbar three lawyers from the Bujumbura Bar Association while another one is suspended for one year and excluded from the Council of Bujumbura Bar for five years. The chairman of Bujumbura Bar says the trial is characterized by many irregularities.
Presidential Term Limit and National Union Government Discussed in Arusha
[Iwacu] The mediator in the Burundi conflict, William Benjamin Mkapa, organized a session on 16 January in Arusha for different stakeholders in the Burundi crisis. The presidential term limit and formation of a Government of National Union have mainly been discussed among other points, says Bamvuginyumvira, Chairman of opposition party Frodebu.
Members 'Miraculously' Survive Church Collapse
[Iwacu] Members of the International Holy Elyon Church miraculously escaped a church collapse caused by heavy rain and strong wind on Sunday evening in Kanyosha, Bujumbura.
Can Burundi Bury the Ghosts of Its Troubled Past?
[ISS] Although Burundi has experienced chronic instability of late, this mass grave is not connected to recent events. Not directly, anyway - although modern Burundi continues to be haunted by the ghosts of its troubled past.
Inflation, Cause of Price Increase in Burundi
[Iwacu] Parcem, a local NGO for mentality change in Burundi, has launched this 17 January a sensitization campaign against inflation following the rise in price of some products.
Several Mutakura and Cibitoke Residents Back Home
[Iwacu] Residents of Mutakura and Cibitoke areas located in northern Bujumbura say several of their neighbors who had fled to other places during the demonstrations against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third term have now returned except some who went abroad. About 50 percent of the refugees have returned, local administration says.
Burundi Soon Withdrawing its Troops From Somalia...
[Iwacu] The deputy head of the civilian cabinet to the president wrote a letter on January 10 to the minister of foreign affairs emphasizing the imminent withdrawal and immediate return of Burundian troops engaged in peace keeping mission in Somalia.
Does Pierre Nkurunziza Intend to Run for Another Term?
[Iwacu] Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has advanced the possibility of his candidacy in the 2020 elections. An announcement that arouses controversy.
2017 Budget Hitting Consumers
[Iwacu] The ministries of commerce and transport increased fares on public transport in Bujumbura on Thursday 12th January, due to the rising cost of fuel. Fares will rise from BIF 300 to BIF 350 in Bujumbura, and by 11% in the rest of the country.
Six People Arrested Following Death of Three People in Kanyosha
[Iwacu] Three people have been killed in an attack perpetrated in Kavumu area of Muyira zone in Kanyosha commune of Bujumbura Province, on 14 January. Six people have been arrested for investigations.
Cases of Kidnapping On the Rise in Burundi, Police Say
[Iwacu] The spokesman for the Burundian national police, Pierre Nkurikiye, held a press conference on Thursday clarifying the acts of kidnapping and swindling that are becoming more common in Burundi.
Environment Minister Buried At Mpanda Cemetery
[Iwacu] Emmanuel Niyonkuru, Minister of Water, Environment and Urban Territory, 54, has been buried at Mpanda Cemetery in Bubanza Province, on 10 January. He was shot dead on the New Year's Eve on his way home.
Combating Cholera in Burundi - Isn't Prevention Better Than Control?
[Iwacu] Efforts against cholera in Burundi are reactive rather than preventive which makes the eradication of the epidemic impossible.
Confusion About Assassination of Environment Minister
[Iwacu] Who and why? Grey areas remain over the assassination of Emmanuel Niyonkuru, Minister of Environment, on New Year's Eve. Iwacu goes back to his last hours and provides an update on the investigation.
Border Hill Becomes Focus of Tension With Burundi
[East African] A hill on the common border between Rwanda and Burundi has become the unlikely focus of the tense relations between the two neighbours in the New Year.
Security Disrupted in Some Areas of Burundi
[Iwacu] Heavy gunshots have been heard in Kanyosha neighborhood of Muha Commune in the capital Bujumbura.
Burundi Deeply Divided As Talks Falter
[Citizen] Arusha -A battery of journalists huddled in a room at Bujumbura's State House awaiting a meeting between President Pierre Nkurunziza and former President Benjamin Mkapa had a surprising visitor into the room.
Coffee Sector Privatization Spells Misery to Over 4 Million Burundians
[Iwacu] The World Bank has forced Burundi government to privatize the coffee industry. With private managers advancing their own interests, millions of farmers continuously lose their once main source of income.
African Union Calls for Probe of Assassinations
[Iwacu] In a declaration issued on 2 January 2017, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, African Union Commission Chairwoman, strongly condemns the assassination of Emmanuel Niyonkuru, Burundian Minister of Environment in the night of 31 December 2016.
'The President is a Liar'
[Deutsche Welle] Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza does not rule out a new run for the presidency in 2020, despite his solemn promise not to do so at his 2015 inauguration. Some Burundians are disappointed, but others approve.