US “deeply alarmed” over Burundi

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?

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?

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…

How to promote dialogue in Burundi

At least seven people have been killed during separate attacks overnight in Burundi. A police officer was also killed during the assault on Wednesday witnesses, police and an official told Reuters. These attacks come at a time of mounting violence in the country as well growing concerns over the possibility…

Burundi – is there the possibility of genocide?

News of continued violence in Burundi keeps spreading and fears are rising about the security situation in the country. The European Union has announced that it plans to pull all staff and their families out for the country due to the violence. Whilst the United Nations has threatened sanctions and…

Obama speaks of violence in Burundi

“Burundi is a proud and beautiful country. But in recent months, the future of the land you love has been put at risk. Leaders have spewed hateful rhetoric. Terrible acts of violence have taken the lives of innocent men, women and children. From Burundi’s painful past, we know where this…

Burundi violence – forcing girls into prostitution to survive

KAMPALA- The death toll is mounting in Burundi, with the United Nations (UN) putting the figure of the dead at over 200 since April. April was the time President Pierre Nkurunziza prompted protests by seeking a third term in office, despite having already served what his opponents saw as his…

Ignatius Ssuuna

Ignatius Ssuuna is an investigative journalist based in Rwanda.

Concerns over violence in Burundi

Concerns about violence in Burundi are continuing to increase. Yesterday, a son of a Burundian human rights activist was killed after he was arrested, reported AP. United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon released a statement yesterday declaring that “the recurring violence and killings in Burundi must stop”. The statement continued…

Tensions in Burundi continue to rise

On October first the European Union announced that it was imposing sanctions on four officials close to Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza. The EU executed a travel ban and asset freeze on the four for allegedly blocking peaceful attempts meant to help resolve the country’s nearly six-month-long conflict. The sanctions stimulated…