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AFRICA: Masses gather to bid farewell to former Burundi president at state funeral.

AFRICA: Masses gather to bid farewell to former Burundi president at state funeral.

AFRICA, BURUNDI
Thousands of Burundians clad in white gathered Friday in the capital Gitega to say a final goodbye to former president Pierre Nkurunziza at a state funeral after his sudden death earlier this month.The coffin carrying the late president arrived at a stadium in the city, covered in the green, red and white national flag and borne atop a military jeep, as soldiers marched in step alongside it.The funeral convoy was welcomed by a military band after a 60-kilometre (37-mile) journey from the city of Karusi where Nkurunziza, 55, died on June 8 of what the government said was heart failure. However speculation is rife he may have caught the coronavirus, as his wife had been flown to Nairobi for treatment for the virus just two weeks prior.The ceremonies began early in the morning with a "hom...
AFRICA: Burundi pays last respect to Nkurunziza ahead of burial.

AFRICA: Burundi pays last respect to Nkurunziza ahead of burial.

AFRICA, BURUNDI
The burial of former Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza will take place today in the administrative capital Gitega, government announced. There is a solemn, somber mood in the capital and other parts of the country as the man who led the country for the last 15 years is given his final send-off. Government has urged the public to line up along the road from Karusi hospital where he died, to Gitega stadium, for the last honours. Photos shared by the presidency, Ntare Rushatsi House, showed the presidential couple and widow Denise Bucumi present at the hospital when the remains of Nkurunziza was collected. The burial comes 18 days after government reported the death of the 55-year-old from “cardiac arrest.” At the time, he was preparing to hand over power to Evariste Ndayishimiye ...
AFRICA: Burundi opposition files election petition

AFRICA: Burundi opposition files election petition

AFRICA, BURUNDI, Politics
Burundian opposition leader Agathon Rwasa filed on Thursday a case at the constitutional court challenging the May 20 presidential election outcome, saying he had evidence of fraud. Burundi’s election commission said on Monday the ruling party candidate, retired General Evariste Ndayishimiye, had won the presidential election with 69% of votes cast. It said Rwasa had garnered 24% of the vote. The commission’s Chairman Pierre Claver Kazihise said the turnout had been huge and the election was peaceful. “Appalling errors were made across the country, no district or province was spared. We have provided evidence that there has been a massive fraud,” Rwasa told reporters after filing his complaint. “The announced results are false.” He said the court had eight days to decide...
AFRICA: Burundi awaits poll results as opposition alleges fraud.

AFRICA: Burundi awaits poll results as opposition alleges fraud.

AFRICA, BURUNDI, ELECTIONS
Polling station closed across Burundi on Wednesday in a largely incident free process in keenly watched general elections. The polls will usher in the post-Pierre Nkurunziza era. But voters also cast ballots for lawmakers and local level representatives. Internet connectivity for social media and messaging apps were blocked early Wednesday morning. Burundians stood in long lines outside polling stations, which opened shortly after six am, most centers had hand washing points for people arriving to vote and election officials had some protective equipments in some instances. After casting his ballot, Nkurunziza praised Burundians for the peaceful conduct of the process which he reiterated had been fully funded with local finances. He also stressed that politics was meant to serve ...
AFRICA: Burundi blocks Social Media amid Elections

AFRICA: Burundi blocks Social Media amid Elections

AFRICA, BURUNDI, ELECTIONS
Burundi has blocked social media platforms on election day as voters choose a leader to replace long-serving president Pierre Nkurunziza. Only those using Virtual Private Networks (VPN), which mask a user's identity, can access the social media sites. The authorities have not responded to requests for comment. Polling stations for the election opened early on Wednesday morning. The build-up to the poll - in which seven candidates are vying to replace President Nkurunziza - has been marred by violence and accusations that the vote will not be free and fair. The electoral commission has approved representatives from 53 foreign embassies, including some from the African Union, as poll observers. President Nkurunziza will be stepping down after 15 years but he will transitio...
AFRICA: Burundi vote holds amid COVID-19 protocols.

AFRICA: Burundi vote holds amid COVID-19 protocols.

AFRICA, BURUNDI, CORONAVIRUS, ELECTIONS
A crucial election has begun in the East African nation of Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza is stepping aside after 15 years in charge but he will remain “paramount leader” in the country that continues to reject outside scrutiny. The vote is one of the most important transfers of power in Burundi since independence in 1962. Face masks and social distancing were observed as voting began after 6 a.m. but Burundi’s government has been criticized for not appearing to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously. Nkurunziza himself attended crowded political rallies. The country has 42 confirmed virus cases. Regional observers are not present after being told that arriving foreigners would face a 14-day quarantine, and on Wednesday morning citizens and journalists said access to...
Coronavirus – Burundi: World Council of Churches (WCC), All Africa Conference of Churches express solidarity with Burundi as elections take place

Coronavirus – Burundi: World Council of Churches (WCC), All Africa Conference of Churches express solidarity with Burundi as elections take place

AFRICA, BURUNDI, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA
 In a joint letter to church leaders in Burundi, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches expressed solidarity as the nation prepares for its 20 May elections. “We, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) join in assuring all church leaders as well as all members of your churches of our prayers,” the letter reads. "Both the WCC and AACC have long sought to accompany the church and people of Burundi in your search for sustainable peace, justice and democracy.” As Christians, the letter notes, we are called to bear witness to our faith and commitment to peace in Burundi.  “Therefore, we must condemn any action that would lead to disruption of peace before, during and after elections,” the letter sta...
AFRICA: Tension in Burundi towards Elections amid the Corona-virus Pandemic.

AFRICA: Tension in Burundi towards Elections amid the Corona-virus Pandemic.

AFRICA, BURUNDI, CORONAVIRUS, ELECTIONS, HEALTH
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and growing tensions in the country, Burundi will, on Wednesday, hold general elections. The small African country of the Great Lakes region and its 11 million inhabitants are trying to emerge from a deadly political crisis born of President Nkurunziza’s controversial candidacy for a third term in April 2015. Unlike Ethiopia, which postponed its August elections because of the COVID-19, Burundi has decided to maintain them at all costs, like Mali, Benin, and Malawi. Burundi, which the government claimed was protected by “divine grace”, has so far officially recorded 42 positive cases, including one death. But authorities are accused by doctors and the opposition of hiding COVID-19 cases, attributing them to other diseases such as pneumonia. Burund...
Coronavirus – Burundi: Outgoing President Nkurinziza expels WHO officials

Coronavirus – Burundi: Outgoing President Nkurinziza expels WHO officials

AFRICA, BURUNDI, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, World Health Organization
The government of Burundi, headed by President Pierre Nkurunziza, has ordered the country’s top World Health Organization (WHO) representative and three other experts coordinating the Coronavirus response to leave the country amidst allegations of sabotage. The expelled officials include the WHO’s representative Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, the country’s Coronavirus coordinator Dr Jean Pierre Mulunda Nkata, communicable diseases head Dr Ruhana Mirindi Bisimwa, and a laboratory expert in the testing for COVID-19, Professor Daniel Tarzy. WHO’s representative Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo In a letter dated May 12 and addressed to WHO’s Africa headquarters, the foreign ministry said the four officials “are declared persona non grata and as such, must leave the territory of Burundi” by Friday...
Burundi records first cases of Covid-19

Burundi records first cases of Covid-19

AFRICA, BURUNDI, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH
Health officials in Burundi announced Tuesday the first two diagnosed cases there of the COVID-19 virus. "Both are Burundian nationals who had travelled to Rwanda and Dubai respectively and are being hospitalised at Bumerec hospital in Bujumbura,” the Health Minister Thadee Ndikumana said at a news conference. Dr Ndikumana said the two patients are Burundians aged 56 and 42 who had arrived from Rwanda and the United Arab Emirates via Rwanda. As neighbouring countries of Rwanda, DR Congo and Tanzania reported cases of coronavirus, Burundi suspended all flights to and from Melchior Ndadaye International Airport and started screening returnees and visitors from countries affected by Covid-19. The patients were under quarantine at an isolation hotel in Bujumbura, he said, urging t...
POLITICS: Burundi ruling party picks Ndayishimiye to contest presidential vote

POLITICS: Burundi ruling party picks Ndayishimiye to contest presidential vote

AFRICA, BURUNDI, Politics
Burundi’s ruling party, the CNDD-FDD, on Sunday picked secretary general Evariste Ndayishimiye as its candidate in a presidential election scheduled for May. FILE PHOTO: Evariste Ndayishimiye, Secretary General of Burundi's ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), attends their rally ahead of the referendum in Bujumbura, Burundi May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Evrard Ngendakumana Ndayishimiye, 52, is a retired army general who also heads the department of military affairs in the president’s office and has served as minister of the interior and security. Current President Pierre Nkurunziza will not seek re-election. Ndayishimiye, who hails from the central Burundi province of Gitega, promised to carry on w...
Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

AFRICA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, Ethiopia, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MALAWI, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA, UK, Zambia
Uganda,Kampala: The government should make a deliberate effort towards compiling data for Persons with Albinism (PWA) while carrying out national census, the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said. Ugandan Albinos are seen marching 20th Jan,2020.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. She said this will help in planning for the special needs of PWAs like healthcare and education. “Even the local council leaders should make it their responsibility to know the number of persons with albinism in their areas so that we can plan for schools,” Kadaga said. Albinos perform.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The Speaker made the call after a fundraising walk aimed at raising funds for  the construction of a rehabilitation centre for PWAs. The event on Monday, 20 January 2020 is part of ...
Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, KENYA, MALAWI, Nairobi, Netherlands, niger, Nigeria, RWANDA, South Africa, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN, TANZANIA, TOGO, turkey, ZIMBABWE
KAMPALA, Uganda: Lycamobile, the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), announces this day that it has opened operations in Uganda. This development expands Lycamobile’s global network reach to 24 counties worldwide. Allirajah Subaskaran, Lyca Group Founder and Chairman (R), Ambassador V.Kananathan (middle) and at the launch of the above telecom Company in Uganda at Sheraton Thursday evenning 16th January,2020. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Uganda is one of the biggest destinations for telecoms business in Africa, characterized by discerning high utility consumers. It has approximately 25 million mobile phone users and a nationwide mobile penetration rate of 71%with Kampala alone accounting for over 50%. Lycamobile has established countrywide infrastruc...
AFRICA: EU parliament calls for release of 4 Burundian journalists

AFRICA: EU parliament calls for release of 4 Burundian journalists

AFRICA, BURUNDI, Politics
The European Union’s parliament has urged Burundi to release four journalists and who have been jailed since October. The European parliament on Thursday called on Burundian authorities to drop charges and immediately release the reporters for Iwacu, one of the few remaining independent media organizations in the country. The reporters, two females and two males, were arrested in Musigati district where they had traveled to report on an armed attack by anti-government rebels in the Kibira National Park, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the capital, Bujumbura. They were charged with undermining state security and the public prosecutor called for 15-year jail sentences. He also called on the judge to deny them the right to vote for five years. The European parliame...
Mass Grave from Burundi Ethnic Civil War Massacre Opened to the Public

Mass Grave from Burundi Ethnic Civil War Massacre Opened to the Public

BURUNDI
A mass grave has been opened to the public in Burundi's main city, Bujumbura, believed to contain the remains of hundreds of people killed in clashes following the assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye. The killing of Mr Ndadaye, the country's first elected Hutu president, triggered a brutal ethnic civil war in 1993 between the minority Tutsi-dominated army and mainly Hutu rebel groups. More than 300,000 people died in the 12-year war. Excavation of the mass grave, located in Kamenge area north of Bujumbura, started in December 2019 and ended on Sunday.It was opened to the public on Monday where the garments and IDs of those found can be seen on display. The vice-chair of the Burundi Commission for Truth and Reconciliation, Noah Clément Ninziza, told the BBC that th...
“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

AFRICA, ASIA, BURUNDI, Business, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MAKERERE, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE
Uganda,Gulu: The Country's President Yoweri Museveni has called on universities in the country to teach courses that will help address the needs of society and the development of the country. Some of the graduants attentively listening to President Museveni as he addressed them during the 15th Graduation ceremony of Gulu University at their main campus on Saturday 11th January 2020.Photo by Abu Mwesigwa/PPU The President was today officiated the 15th graduation ceremony of Gulu University in Northern Uganda where over 1,500 students graduated with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. 226 of the students had been on government sponsorship. “Human living is about solving the needs (emikyeno) of society, like food, health, mobility, water, communication and entertainment. In the c...
Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

AFRICA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MAKERERE, Nairobi, REFUGEES, RWANDA, South Africa, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
Birembo,Uganda: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has explained that the purpose of the 2020 Great Trek from Galamba in Wakiso District to Birembo in Kakumiro District was not to show stamina but rather to educate the young generation about the history of their country, appreciate the veterans who fough for its liberation and do what they need to do to make sure that their country survives. “I want you to look at the history of the ones who were before you who had a deeper understanding of what Africa needs but also had the discipline to fight for it. I also wanted to expose you to your country so that you see the potential in agriculture and tourism industry. When I was looking at the hills of Kanzira, Butoloogo, I was thinking of the idea of supporting you with health tourism fac...
New Alert to our   Fellow-Citizens living in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria

New Alert to our Fellow-Citizens living in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria

AFRICA, AMERICA, BURUNDI, Business, Ethiopia, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, KCCA FC, KENYA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
Our community living in those regions is called to follow-up carefully the situation through the apps as mentioned in previous posts CANBERRA, Australia, January 7, 2020/ -- The recent fires burning on either side of New South Wales and Victoria are still expected to merge later this week despite relief, especially following yesterday’s rains, from severe weather conditions. As there is a concern over fires burning out of control in both states could form a "mega fire", our community living in those regions is called to follow-up carefully the situation through the apps as mentioned in previous posts. In case any emergency arise, our fellow-citizens are called to follow the instructions below:  
Kenya and Guinea Bissau agree to deepen bilateral ties

Kenya and Guinea Bissau agree to deepen bilateral ties

AFRICA, BURUNDI, Business, Ethiopia, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
MOMBASA, Kenya Kenya and Guinea Bissau have agreed to work more closely to deepen their bilateral ties. President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Mombasa, met with Guinea Bissau President-Elect Umaro Cissoko Embalo.  Also in attendance was Sports Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed. Speaking today at a meeting at State House, Mombasa, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Guinea Bissau President-Elect Umaro Cissoko Embalo said the two countries will enhance their cooperation for the benefit of the citizens of the two nations.  The leaders singled out exchange of students and teachers, collaboration in technical training, trade and security as some of the key areas of focus in bolstering cooperation between Kenya and Guinea Bissau.  President Kenyatta congra...

S. Sudan Hunger

AFRICA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN
  Fears of famine in S. Sudan ‘Quarter of  population face hunger’   A looming food crisis threatens massive hunger in South Sudan. 9.3 million People, nearly a quarter of the population in the East Central Africa Nation, are expected to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2020, up from 8.5 million according to United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Agency, OCHA.   The UN reports that in worst hit Kassala state in the east of the country, more than 400,000 people are at risk of a catastrophe; food insecurity is dire, yet many cannot afford to buy medicines required for treatment of ill health, as result of hunger.   The UN says the economic crisis has exacerbated the desperate situation;   driving  up food price...