Rwanda-Burundi tensions reflected in war of words over food

Rwanda-Burundi tensions reflected in war of words over food

The English-language New Times in Rwanda on Saturday described the Burundi government’s refusal to accept humanitarian aid because the food was grown in Rwanda as folly and “misplaced obstinacy.” “It is those kinds of immature politics we are witnessing across the border that has destroyed many countries,” the news outlet…

Kenyan athletes take top spots at 2017 Boston Marathon

Kenyan athletes take top spots at 2017 Boston Marathon

Kenyan athletes were ahead of the pack at the Boston Marathon race on Monday, winning both the men’s and the women’s competition at the premier marathon race. For the men, it was a little closer with Geoffrey Kirui completing the challenging course in 2:09:37, just seconds ahead of American runner…

Burundi: Cultural icon, traditional drummer Baranshakaje dies

Burundi has lost a cultural icon, and announces the death of Antime Baranshakaje, the 81-year-old guardian of the nation’s sacred Gishora drum tradition. Baranshakaje died on Sunday following a December accident and subsequent illness. President Pierre Nkurunziza hailed the drummer as a national treasure who left his mark on the history…

Burundi reports: One dead after attack on Nkurunziza media advisor

Willy Nyamitwe, the head of communications for Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, was wounded in an attack Monday in Bujumbura, local media outlets report. At least one person died in the incident. Nyamitwe remained in the hospital after an armed attack described as an assassination attempt. He suffered injuries to his arms,…

Burundi plans protest against UN inquiry on human rights

Demonstrations are planned in Burundi on Saturday to protest a United Nations decision to investigate human rights abuses, after the UN announced this week it had established a Commission of Inquiry. The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura issued an informational message about marches in the city that are scheduled to begin…

Burundi: Official’s tweets stun public as he spars with NGO on genocide

In Burundi, a spokesman and senior advisor to President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a series of social media messages condemning a global human rights organization’s unconventional campaign to warn against genocide. Willy Nyamitwe continued his Twitter storm early Wednesday against International Federation for Human Rights and the #Stopthismovie campaign. The…