Official Launch of Excavation of Bones From Mass Graves in Mwaro Province
[Iwacu] The National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation- CVR has started this 27 February to conduct the excavation of bones piled up in mass graves in Gasenyi locality of Makamba zone in Rusaka Commune of Mwaro Province.
Police Claim Shared Responsibility for Illegal Objects Smuggling Into Prison
[Iwacu] Illegal items seized in Mpimba central prison have shown that security control is lax. The police say guards and penitentiary administration are to blame.
Burundi Parliament Reacts to APF Statement On Burundi Current Situation
[Iwacu] Jocky Chantal Nkurunziza, Second Deputy Head of Burundi Parliament has issued a statement this Monday 27 February 2017 to react to the declaration of the' Francophonie' Parliament (AFP) made on 4 February 2017 on the current situation in Burundi.
Pierre Nkurunziza 4th Term Would Intensify Violence in Burundi, UNSG Worries
[Iwacu] UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, presented a report on 23 February to the UNSC. He expressed his concern about the willingness of Burundian President to run for a 4th term that would risk intensifying violence in Burundi and undermining collective efforts towards a lasting solution.
EAC Women Stand Together for Peace Process
[Iwacu] Women from the EAC met on 24 February and established the East African women solidarity movement for peace and security in the region. They have the main objective of fostering the African women solidarity and pleading for Burundi.
FAO Is Helping Build Resilience to Climate Change for Farmers
[Iwacu] The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has started distributing agricultural inputs to 31,000 households of farmers threatened by climate change. The inputs include bean and vegetable seeds, chemical fertilizers, sweet potato cuttings and, in some cases, hoes for the 2017 second growing season.
Burundi Has Many Mass Graves, Say One Association Against Crimes
[Iwacu] The National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation-CVR started a month ago to identify the number of mass graves existing in Burundi from 1972 to 2008, but there is a long way to go.
Arusha, Round of All Surprises
[Iwacu] The 4th session of the inter-Burundian dialogue under the auspices of the Tanzanian facilitator ended on Sunday 19 February. A session marked by an about-turn, calls especially to the Heads of State of the region for help. The fate of this process remains in their hands.
UN Removes Burundi Staff Officer From Its Peacekeeping Mission
[Iwacu] The UN has removed from its peacekeeping mission Major Nicolas Budigi over allegations of human rights violations in Burundi.
Malaria Not Yet Declared As Epidemic, Says Public Health Minister
[Iwacu] "From 2015 to 2016, the number of people suffering from malaria has increased in Burundi. However, the number of sick people has decreased of 20% at the beginning of 2017", says Josiane Nijimbere, Burundi Public Health Minister, during the plenary session in the National Assembly, this 23 February.
Burundi Refugees Refuse to Return Home
[East African] Burundian officials who had travelled to Uganda to persuade their nationals to return home left empty-handed after they were met with a hostile reception.
Burundi Police Chiefs Snub Regional Meet in Kigali
[East African] There appears to be no end in sight for the sour diplomatic relation between Rwanda and Burundi.
Four Ways in Which the Burundi Crisis Is Far From Over
[African Arguments] The government is calling on its 380,000 refugees to return home, claiming the country is safe. Why does no-one believe them?
Owning House Before Marriage Is Not Obligation, Home Affairs Ministry Says
[Iwacu] "Any young man who wants to marry must first have a house covered with sheet metals", said Tharcisse Niyongabo, Governor of Bubanza western Province, on 18 February during a security meeting. He said that no application for marriage in the registry office in Bubanza province will be accepted unless the young man has his own house with a sheet metal roof. "It is very difficult for a man to build a house with durable materials when he has already got married", he said.
Mkapa Calls for Extraordinary EAC Summit to Boost Inter-Burundian Dialogue
[Iwacu] 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.
Rights Groups Fear IMF Withdrawal of Subventions to Ministry of Health
[Iwacu] Two local NGOs warn of irregular activities within the Ministry of Public Health that might cause the government to lose from the International Monetary Fund(IMF) an estimated amount of $72.300.822 primarily intended for the fight against malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.
Burundian Refugees in Uganda Too Scared to Go Home
[Deutsche Welle] Burundi is campaigning for the return of its refugees from Ugandan camps. The government is afraid that opposition groups may be forming while in exile. But Burundi's refugees are not about to return voluntarily.
Another Stalemate Hits Intra-Burundi Talks
[East African] The Intra-Burundi dialogue led by former Tanzania president Benjamin Mkapa has been thrown into a disarray once again after the government and one opposition group said they would not participate in the talks set for Thursday.
The Nile - A Source of Energy, Food and Water for All
[Iwacu] River Nile is a transboundary resource shared by 11 countries in the Nile Basin, each with different and, sometimes, conflicting interests. This scarce resource is a source of water, energy and food, all of which are essential to human well-being, poverty reduction and sustainable development.
Burundi Peace Talks 'Marred By Hurdles'
[Citizen] Arusha/Kigali -Reconciliation talks between the warring parties in Burundi ended here yesterday with the facilitator, Retired President Benjamin Mkapa, admitting there were still some hurdles in the process.