Pierre Nkurunziza

Schoolgirls Expelled after 6 days Detention for President’s Image doodling in Burundi

According to Human Rights Watch, authorities decided to expel three schoolgirls who were detained in Burundi for doodling on a picture of the President from the l’Ecofo Akamuri school in Kirundo province in Burundi’s north. The girls, who are all minors, were detained for six days last month at Ngozi Central Prison and charged with “insulting the head of state,” […]

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Burundi on the verge of endorsing Nkurunziza’s stay till 2034.

Burundians vote Today in a referendum that would let President Pierre Nkurunziza stay in power until 2034, raising fears of deeper political repression and ethnic conflict in the Great Lakes nation only a generation after the Rwandan genocide. Nearly half a million have fled since Nkurunziza won a third term in a violent election in […]

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US denies hand in violence ahead of presidential referendum in Burundi

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday denounced recent political violence in Burundi ahead of the country’s May 17 referendum to amend its constitution and expressed concerns that the vote to extend its president’s term in office could hurt its democratic institutions. “We denounce the numerous instances of violence, intimidation, and harassment committed against perceived opponents […]

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BURUNDI GOVT TAXES PUBLIC WORKERS TO FUND 2020 ELECTIONS.

The Burundian government has started ‘taxing’ salaries of civil servants in order to fund the next general elections slated for the year 2020. Workers are losing 10% of their monthly earnings into a fund set aside to ensure polls hold despite a withdrawal of international donor support. The government has previously stated that workers earning […]

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