Burundi MPs vote to withdraw from ICC

Burundi MPs vote to withdraw from ICC

Burundi legislators voted Wednesday to withdraw from the International Criminal Court and the Rome Statute agreement that authorizes and governs it. Burundi becomes the first African nation to vote to leave the ICC, as Kenya, South Africa and other African Union nations also have considered in recent years. The National…

UN investigators sent to Burundi

A team of United Nations investigators have been sent to Burundi to look into abuses and arbitrary killings in the country, reported DW. The three investigators are from Algeria, South Africa and Colombia and reportedly are due to give their preliminary findings at the end of March. Since Pierre Nkurunziza…

A confrontation with Rwanda leaves Nkurunziza in better position

As five African leaders arrived in Bujumbura Thursday, they certainly are engaging a more emboldened President Pierre Nkurunziza who apparently, has regained the upper hand in the ongoing conflict. This comes after a confidential report to the United Nations Security Council by experts accused Rwanda of training anti Nkurunziza rebels….

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

US “deeply alarmed” over Burundi

The United States State Department said it is “deeply alarmed” regarding the situation in Burundi and has advocated for African leaders to “work behind the scenes” to convince Burundi to receive the deployment of international troops. Ambassadors to the United Nations Security Council addressed the African Union (AU) in Addis…

What’s in store for the African Union in 2016?

News this week of al-Shabaab seizing an AU base in Somalia follows a year of other major challenges particularly in relation to human rights and states with conflicts. With numerous elections coming up on the African continent, actions by governments and the AU to enforce rights and good governance are…

Burundi – what next?

Today AFP reported that a confidential United Nations memo sent to the Security Council last week was leaked. The document stated that peacekeeping forces in Burundi are not prepared to prevent potential disaster in the country. The memo was sent by Herve Ladsous, the UN peacekeeping chief and recommended that…

Burundi chaos threatens EAC credibility

A meeting in Uganda at the end of 2015 to resolve the conflict in Burundi did little to bring hope to the violence ravaged East African nation, serving only to highlight the crisis as the region’s most pressing security issue in the coming year. Last week on December 28 Uganda’s…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

What will 2016 hold for Burundi?

Yesterday, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza threatened to fight African Union (AU) peacekeepers if they are deployed to the country. “Everyone has to respect Burundi borders,” Nkurunziza said. “In case they violate those principles, they will have attacked the country and every Burundian will stand up and fight against them. “The…

Burundi: new rebel group formed

The former senior officer in Burundi’s army announced that he along with other officers from the army are forming a rebel group called the Republican Forces of Burundi. Lieutenant Colonel Edouard Nshimirimana formed the rebel movement with the aim to protect those Burundians who are protesting and being killed by…

Burundi on the “cusp of civil war”

“Burundi is at bursting point, on the very cusp of a civil war,” said he UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Fears are mounting as actions taken by the Burundi government resonate with those who recall the 12-year civil war in the country. However, these…

Burundi – what’s next?

Fighting has once again broken out in the capital of Burundi, killing several people. The assault began when gunmen attacked two military sites in Bujumbura during a coordinated onslaught. Violent acts such as this are happening far too often in this small east African country. Since Pierre Nkurunziza announced he…