What will 2016 hold for Burundi?

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

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 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…

Burundi: crashing into chaos once again

Burundi — What does a despot do when he knows his last term to rule his people has ended and that he isn’t really going to be the right leader sitting on the throne anymore? Especially if he is fearful of what “enemies” he has made in the process of…

Ignatius Ssuuna

Ignatius Ssuuna is an investigative journalist based in Rwanda.

Burundian government support dialogue with opposition

Senior Burundian officials have announces they are in support of dialogue with the opponents of President President Pierre Nkurunziza’s administration. “Political dialogue is an ongoing process in Burundi. We have remained open and ready to talk to whoever has a stake in this crisis,” the government spokesperson, Gervais Abayeho, told The…