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BURUNDI: 3 jailed for 30 years after attacking the president

BURUNDI: 3 jailed for 30 years after attacking the president

AFRICA
A Burundi court has jailed two men and a woman for 30 years over an "attack" in which stones were thrown at a convoy carrying President Evariste Ndayishimiye, a judicial source told AFP Monday. According to the prosecution, three stones were thrown from a petrol station at the convoy of about 50 vehicles as it drove through the northern town of Kayanza last Wednesday. One stone hit a member of the presidential guard, another hit a windshield of one of the cars, and another did not hit anything. Witnesses in Kayanza told AFP the convoy did not stop during the incident. The Kayanza court on Sunday "sentenced three young people including a woman to 30 years in prison (each) for an attack and plot against the head of state," a judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity. ...
Coronavirus – Burundi: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board Approves US$7.6 Million Debt Relief to the Republic of Burundi Under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust

Coronavirus – Burundi: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board Approves US$7.6 Million Debt Relief to the Republic of Burundi Under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust

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WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, July 21, 2020/ -- The IMF Executive Board approved debt relief under the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust to provide US$ 7.63 million (SDR 5.48 million) over the next 3 months, and potentially up to US$ 24.97 million (SDR 17.96 million) over the next 21 months; IMF debt relief will help free up resources for public sector health needs including other emergency spending and help mitigate the balance of payments shock posed by the COVID-19 pandemic; Given the risks ahead, it will be important to ensure close cooperation with multilateral organizations and donors and ensure adequate budget allocations toward health and other priority spending. The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a grant under the IM...
AU Special Representative congratulates Burundi on its Independence Day

AU Special Representative congratulates Burundi on its Independence Day

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Mogadishu, 02 July 2020—The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, has congratulated the people and the government of Burundi as the country commemorates its 58th birthday as an independent nation. “I congratulate the people and the government of Burundi, as they celebrate their country’s 58th independence anniversary,” Ambassador Madeira said. “Burundi is a special friend to the people of Somalia. When Somalia was under siege from the brutality of terrorist organizations, Burundi became the second country to join AMISOM and has since sacrificed immensely so that Somalia can achieve peace, stability and prosperity, he added.” Burundi first deployed troops to join AMISOM in Dece...
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
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
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 ...
Museveni visits the Burundian Embassy in Uganda, Pays Tribute to Nkurunziza

Museveni visits the Burundian Embassy in Uganda, Pays Tribute to Nkurunziza

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- President Yoweri Museveni yesterday visited the Burundian Embassy in Uganda to pay his last respects to former President Pierre Nkurunziza who succumbed to cardiac arrest earlier this month. The former Burundian president is due for official burial on Friday, an event President Museveni will not be able to attend due to the COVID-19 pandemic that is ravaging the world. Museveni said President Nkurunziza is remembered for accepting the advice of the East African Community to come out of the bush and negotiate with then-President Buyoya in Arusha; a move that brought peace to Burundi. H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni paying tribute to the late Pierre Nkurunziza, the former President of Burundi yesterday "I salute his contribution and his demise at such a young...
Evariste Ndayishimiye to be sworn in as the new President of Burundi today

Evariste Ndayishimiye to be sworn in as the new President of Burundi today

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Burundi's newly elected president Evariste Ndayishimiye will be sworn in today (Thursday), following the sudden death of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza who left him an isolated nation in political and economic turmoil. Ndayishimiye was elected in May, in a vote disputed by the opposition, and was meant to take office in August But his inauguration was speeded up after his predecessor Nkurunziza's sudden death. Evariste-Ndayishimiye, Newly Elected President of Burundi His swearing-in ceremony will take place at the Ingoma Stadium in the administrative capital Gitega, with the public asked to arrive early to allow time for coronavirus measures such as hand-washing and temperature checks. Diplomats and representatives of international organisations have been invited, howeve...
AMISOM mourn the Passing of the President of Burundi, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza

AMISOM mourn the Passing of the President of Burundi, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza

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Mogadishu, 12th June 2020—The African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, has learnt with sadness about the death of the President of Burundi, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza. “On behalf of the mission, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the government, the people of Burundi and the bereaved family. Through the Burundi Contingent in AMISOM, President Nkurunziza worked tirelessly with the AU to bring peace and security to Somalia. Like many leaders of the countries that contribute both human and material resources to the stabilization of Somalia, the late President believed in the ideals of a reconciled, secure and prosperous Somalia”, said the SRCC and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira. “The passing of President Nkurunziza is incredibly sad for all of us in AMISOM. Th...
African leaders mourn Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza

African leaders mourn Burundi’s Pierre Nkurunziza

AFRICA
African leaders have sent messages of condolence to Burundians following the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza. The Burundi government announced earlier on Tuesday that Nkurunziza had passed on from a heart attack, some 10 days after his wife Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza was admitted at a Nairobi hospital for COVID-9. Nkurunziza was expected to hand over power in August following the election of a new president in the just concluded May elections, the first in which he did not vie. Evariste Ndayishimiye won the election. The late Pierre Nkurunziza Following the news of Nkurunziza’s death, various leaders condoled with Burundians. "I would like to express my condolences on the sudden passing of President Pierre Nkurunziza Deepest sympathies to his family and the people of Bur...
Uhuru Kenyatta mourns the Late Nkurunziza

Uhuru Kenyatta mourns the Late Nkurunziza

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Nairobi, Kenya --- President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent his condolences to Burundians upon hearing the sudden death of the outgoing President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza. In his letter, President Kenyatta said that he has learnt with great sorrow of the passing away of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi.  "On behalf of the Government and the People of the Republic of Kenya and on my own behalf, I convey our deepest condolences to the family and friends of President Nkurunziza, and to the Government and the People of the Republic of Burundi.", Kenyatta said. outgoing President of Burundi, the late Pierre Nkurunziza. The Commander-In-Chief of the Kenyan Armed Forces later added; We share the pain of this loss. We mourn – with our Burund...
AFRICA: Burundi opposition files election petition

AFRICA: Burundi opposition files election petition

AFRICA
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...
Burundi: Ruling Party candidate, Ndayishimiye declared winner

Burundi: Ruling Party candidate, Ndayishimiye declared winner

AFRICA
GITEGA --- Ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye is set to take over from President Pierre Nkurunziza having been declared the victor of the bitterly disputed election, with 68.72 percent of the vote. The election commission, which released the official results live on Burundian media, said that his main opposition rival Agathon Rwasa of the National Freedom Council (CNL), had garnered 24.19 percent of the vote. The commission said that 87.7 percent of registered voters had turned out to cast their ballots in Wednesday’s election, which also included the election of members of parliament and local officials. Rwasa and his party have already contested the outcome of the election, saying early results were a “fantasy”, and accused authorities of arresting their agents, and p...
POLITICS: Burundi ruling party picks Ndayishimiye to contest presidential vote

POLITICS: Burundi ruling party picks Ndayishimiye to contest presidential vote

AFRICA
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...
UGANDA: Lumumba invites Opposition leaders to NRM meeting

UGANDA: Lumumba invites Opposition leaders to NRM meeting

AFRICA
A statement by the NRM senior communications officer, Rogers Mulindwa, said those invited include chairpersons or presidents and secretary generals of Forum for Democratic Change, Democratic Party, Justice Forum and Uganda People’s Conference.   “She said her decision to invite these sister Political Parties follows a cordial working relationship amongst them under Inter-party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD),” Mulindwa said.    Mulindwa added that the SG was optimistic the Opposition leaders would honour the invitation.   The party has also invited several political parties from South Sudan, China, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania and Namibia to attend the conference.   NRM is set to hold its national conference at the Mandela ...