Burundi: Suspects in killing of general arrested

(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... Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

BURUNDI SECURITY AGENTS ATTACK JOURNALIST COVERING MURDER OF TOP GENERAL — CPJ SAYS

 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… Read More

President Obama’s Visit And Africa’s Second Uhuru

Dear Mr. President, Your trip to Africa this week presents a legacy-defining opportunity. President George W. Bush is remembered for the billions of dollars he made available to fight HIV/Aids; a program which has continued under your administration. Bill Clinton, while decried for allowing genocide in Rwanda, is also hailed for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA),… Read More

US will not support third term for Rwanda’s Kagame

Rwandan President Paul Kagame with the Rwandan Defense Force by Ann Garrison Rodney D. Ford, spokesman for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs, has said, in no uncertain terms, that the U.S. will not be supporting a third term by sitting Rwandan President Paul Kagame: “President Kagame is currently serving his second seven-year term in office, having run… Read More

Mauritius: A woman president for all citizens

“I think that the great strength that women bring when they move into senior levels of politics is not that they're more nurturing, caring, maternal figures, but that they will bring a certain level of different perspective, a different way of thinking, and that is just really valuable for all of us.”— Nicholas Kristof, journalist, author and Pulitzer Prize winner.  ... Read More

Will the world remain silent with Rwanda and Uganda in DR Congo again?

An interview with international criminal defense attorney and former law professor Peter Erlinder Ann Garrison While international attention is focused on the constitutional crisis in Burundi, Rwandan and Ugandan soldiers have again violated the territorial integrity of DR Congo by sending troops into the country. What are they up to? INTRODUCTION Rwandan and Ugandan troops have been reported in the… Read More

Burundi presidential term saga balloons into regional crisis as US, Rwanda, Tanzania drawn in

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… Read More

U.S. Deeply Concerned About Rising Tensions in Burundi

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… Read More