A rally for President Pierre Nkurunziza in Cibitoke, Burundi, near the border with Rwanda. Mr. Nkurunziza’s aides accuse Rwanda of tacitly aiding his enemies.CreditTyler Hicks/The New York Times KIGALI, Rwanda — Burundi and Rwanda can seem deceptively like conjoined twins. They share a common history, geography and language, and their populations are divided ethnically between Hutu and Tutsi. Both were devastated by some of the worst mass slaughter of the 20th century. Since the guns fell silent, they have charted very different courses as they try to move beyond their bloody pasts. But…Read More
Pierre Nkurunziza. (File: AFP) Bujumbura – Gunfire rang out in Burundi’s capital on Sunday night following the killing of a feared military general who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza. Nkurunziza, who was re-elected last month, said in a televised address that he had ordered the police to find Lieutenant General Adolphe Nshimirimana’s killers within 10 days. There is fear that the assassination of Nshimirimana could spark revenge killings and further fuel violence that stemmed from Nkurunziza’s controversial bid for a third term. Carina Tertsakian of Human Rights…Read More
Gen. Adolphe Nshimiramana Burundi security forces detained and beat a journalist on Sunday while he was covering the assassination of a top general in the capital, Bujumbura, according to news reports and the journalist. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls on Burundian authorities to launch a full and efficient investigation. Esdras Ndikumana, a correspondent for Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, was detained while he was photographing the scene at which Gen. Adolphe Nshimiramana was killed in a drive-by shooting, the reports said. Security agents arrested…Read More
Burundi president Pierre Nkurunziza has been unfazed by the international reaction to his bid for a third term. (Photo/File/Getty) Court backs controversial third term bid for Pierre Nkurunziza, stoking fears of a rapid escalation and a return to conflict. BURUNDI’s crisis this week snowballed into a major regional concern after a constitutional court backed president Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a controversial third term, even as one of the judges fled saying the decision had been made under duress. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Tuesday pressed foreign ministers from the East…Read More
Press Statement The United States is deeply concerned by the rising tensions in Burundi in advance of general elections beginning in May that, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, have led over 8,000 Burundians to flee to neighboring countries to escape intimidation and violence, including by the youth militias of the ruling party. The United States calls on all parties in Burundi to play a constructive and peaceful role in this electoral process and to refrain from any acts, including hate speech, violence, or other…Read More
Saturday’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, five-time Grammy nominee Akon tells Folly Bah Thibault that African-Americans should acknowledge “the rights… and the blessing they do, you know, have actual access to.”
Last year, the killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson led to protests against police brutality targeting African-Americans.When asked if he sympathized with the protesters, Akon said he could understand their frustration as “the system in America was never built for black people.”Read More
Italian nun Olga Raschietti, who was killed in Kamenge, a northern district of Bujumbura, Burundi. (Missionarie di Maria, AFP) Bujumbura – Three elderly Italian nuns were raped and murdered in twin attacks in their convent in the capital of Burundi, police said on Monday as a hunt was launched for their killers. Police initially reported that two nuns were stabbed to death on Sunday afternoon. The killer then battered one of the two with a rock, before fleeing the convent. Italian authorities named the first two killed as Olga Raschietti,…Read More
The shilling slumped 6.1 percent since President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill on Feb. 24, the most after Ghana’s cedi among 24 African currencies monitored by Bloomberg. Photographer: Isaac Kasamani/AFP via Getty Images Uganda’s shilling slumped to the lowest level in 15 months after the U.S. government said it was cutting aid to the East African nation over a February law that toughened punishment for homosexual acts. The currency fell 1 percent to 2,616.50 per dollar by 5:11 p.m. in the capital, Kampala, the lowest since March 2013. The…Read More
BLANTYRE(AGV)—Celebrated and seasoned Musician cum politician Lucius Banda popularly known as soldier has made it into parliament again thereby proving wrong those who thought his political popularity took a down turn after being expelled out of parliament on grounds of possessing a fake Malawi School Certificate of Education (M.S.C.E) some years ago.
Banda has been voted as the parliamentarian for the Balaka North Constituency where has won with a resounding figure of 16,572 votes as Getrude Maseko and Tony Ngalade gets 7,381 and 6,212 votes respectively.Read More
Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk (born October 31, 1986) is a Nigerianrecording artist, singer, songwriter, and performer best known for winning the 2008 MTN Project Fame West Africa as well as for his song, “Kukere“. He sings in English and Efik.
Iyanya was born on Palm Street in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. His mother was a head mistress and his father was a forester. Iyanya has described his mother as the household disciplinarian, while his father was the gentler of the two. His parents died in 2008, his mother, 42 years-old, and his father, 50 years-old. Iyanya’s elder brother died around the same time of his parents’ deathIyanya’s grandfather was a clergyman. Iyanya used to sing in his church’s choir and was the choir master for the children’s choir at age 5. Iyanya completed his primary, secondary, and university education in Calabar. He is a Business Management graduate from theUniversity of Calabar.Read More