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Burundi begins Ebola vaccination for health officials

Burundi has started vaccinating its health workers against Ebola as it makes efforts to prevent the spread of the disease into its territory. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday that the vaccination is happening near Burundi’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Burundi has not reported of any Ebola cases but does not want to taken by surprise. The Health ministry in Burundi launched vaccination exercise at the Gatumba border crossing point on Tuesday. The Merck’s rVSV-ZEBOV vaccine is being used for this exercise. In a statement…

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Burundi: 6-year old YouTube star killed by malaria

At the age of six Darcy Irakoze, known as Kacaman took YouTube by storm with his popular comedy sketches. He was destined to shine further and build an astonishing career even as a kid, but that will not happen. The Burundi star has died of Malaria on Thursday after being diagnosed of the disease on Wednesday. His manager confirmed hi death. Kacaman, a primary school pupil performed online and in theaters. Kacaman’s death paints a devastating picture of how Malaria continues to kill many people in Burundi especially children. [embedded…

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Defiant al-Bashir visits Uganda despite ICC’s warrants

KAMPALA, Uganda – Sudan’s president, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, arrived in Uganda Monday on a two-day official visit. As a signatory to the treaty that created the ICC, Uganda has an obligation to arrest Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s Darfur region. Please follow and like us:

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Uganda’s President Museveni assumes chairmanship of the East African Community

Uganda has assumed the chairmanship of the East African Community. President Museveni takes over from Tanzania President Magufuli. President Museveni, new EAC Chairman addressed the summit, emphasized the need for integration “for our region’s prosperity and security”   “The people of East Africa are interlinked, I can address people all the way from Uganda to Mwanza in my dialect. We have the advantage of Swahili, a language not owned by a tribe, we can’t fail to unite to guarantee our future. Please follow and like us:

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Burundi: Regional leaders must prioritize ongoing human rights crisis

The East African Community (EAC) must prioritize ending human rights violations in Burundi, and provide the renewed political leadership and commitment needed to end the crisis, said Amnesty International today in an open letter to the bloc’s leaders, ahead of their summit on 20 May in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam. Please follow and like us:

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Africa is saying NO to international criminal court (ICC)

African leaders have long voiced concerns about the fairness of the international criminal courtas to has always been seen to target Africans. This issue is now gaining significant traction after the Gambia became the third country on the continent to announce its withdrawal from the Hague-based tribunal. The move follows similar announcements from Burundi and South Africa, who informed the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, of their decision to quit the court last week, making them the first countries to begin the year-long exit process in the court’s 18-year history. Please…

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REVEALED: Pastor TB Joshua’s Uncanny Influence In Tanzania

Joshua and KikweteWithin hours of Pastor T.B. Joshua touching down in Tanzania on Tuesday November 3rd 2015, he had met the three most important political figures in the country – John Magufuli, the President-Elect, Jakaya Kikwete, the outgoing President and Edward Lowassa, the former Prime Minister and opposition leader.

However, a government source has revealed that the Nigerian Pastor’s uncanny influence in the East African nation did not just begin during the recently held elections.

“Our new President, John Magufuli, visited T.B. Joshua in Nigeria long before he even nursed a presidential ambition,” explained Eng. Ngimbwa, chairperson of the Tanzanian Contractors Registration Board.

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Burundi: Suspects in killing of general arrested

(File, AP)

(File, AP)

Bujumbura – Burundi’s prosecutor on Sunday said the killers of a powerful general loyal to President Pierre Nkurunziza had been identified and “a certain number” had been arrested.

General Adolphe Nshimirimana, widely seen as Burundi’s de-facto internal security chief, was killed in a rocket attack on August 2.

He was a close aide of president Nkurunziza, whose successful bid for a third term has fuelled violence resulting in about a hundred deaths, a crackdown on protests and an exodus of citizens fleeing the country.

“The identities of the perpetrators are now known,” a statement issued by the prosecutor’s office said.

 

“A certain number have been arrested. The rest of them and the masterminds are being sought.”

It did not give further details. Police spokesperson Pierre Nkurikiye confirmed the authenticity of the statement to AFP but did not elaborate.

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Fragile Burundi Casts a Wary Eye on Rwanda

  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…

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Burundi tense amid gunfire after killing of a general

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…

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