OPINION | Burundi’s 2020 elections: What is at stake?

2020-03-10 11:44

Beyond the national dynamics, the 2020 elections offer an opportunity for improved relations between the Government of Burundi and the international community, especially the West, writes Patrick Hajayandi and Selina Diaby.

At least 22 'criminals' killed in clash with Burundi police

2020-02-26 18:30

At least 22 "armed criminals" and two police officers were killed in clashes between Burundi security forces and an unnamed armed group at the weekend, police say.

Burundi seeks 15-year jail term for journalists

2019-12-30 22:00

Burundi prosecutors have sought 15-year jail terms for four reporters and their driver who were detained covering an incursion of rebels from DRC and charged with endangering state security.

'Climate of fear': UN warns of Burundi atrocities before polls

2019-09-04 20:18

Burundi is at risk of a new wave of atrocities as it approaches next year's elections with an unresolved political crisis and a president who is increasingly portrayed as a "divine" ruler, UN investigators say.

Cape Town mom reunited with abducted child in Burundi

2019-07-03 11:08

After nine months of separation, a Cape Town woman has finally been reunited with her little girl in a foreign country.

UN says Burundi forces closure of its rights office there

2019-03-06 12:41

Burundi's government has forced the United Nations human rights office in the troubled East African country to close after 23 years, the UN rights chief has announced.

Burundi military opposes Somali withdrawal plan

2018-12-24 19:58

The Burundi army has said it opposed a request by the African Union that it withdraw 1,000 soldiers serving in an African peacekeeping force in Somalia by February 28.

Burundi told to cut force in Somalia under African pullback

2018-12-22 19:03

The African Union has asked Burundi to reduce its contribution to an African peacekeeping force in Somalia by a thousand men under a progressive pullout from the country by the AU.

2 killed in attack in Rwanda, near border with Burundi

2018-12-16 18:00

At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, says a Rwandan army official

UN rights office: Burundi's government has asked us to leave

2018-12-06 15:15

UN human rights office says Burundi's government has asked it to leave the country


22 'evil-doers' killed in Burundi clashes: Police

2020-02-26 19:33

At least 22 "evil-doers" have been killed in clashes between Burundi's security forces and an armed group near the country's economic capital, Bujumbura, according to police.

Luxury villa, big cheque for outgoing Burundi presidents

2020-01-23 12:39

Burundi lawmakers have adopted legislation offering a golden parachute to outgoing presidents, including a luxury villa and a one-off sum equivalent to more than half a million dollars.

Burundi landslides kill 38 after heavy rains: police

2019-12-05 20:17

At least 38 people died in Burundi after heavy rains triggered landslides that swept through hillside communities in the northwest of the country, according to a provisional police toll.

1 800 dead as malaria 'epidemic' rages in Burundi - UN

2019-08-06 13:27

Malaria has killed more than 1 800 people in Burundi this year, the UN's humanitarian agency says, a death toll rivalling a deadly Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Burundi begins mass release of prisoners

2019-03-30 11:27

Burundi has released the first 142 prisoners from a promised 3 000 detainees to promote reconciliation, the justice minister says, but critics say it was only to ease pressure on crowded jails.

Burundi acquits rights activists sentenced to 10-year terms

2018-12-28 10:48

A Burundian court has acquitted three civil rights activists who had been handed 10-year jail terms for undermining state security, their organisation has said.

Burundi names Gitega as new capital

2018-12-23 10:10

Burundi has declared the small central city of Gitega the country's new political capital, in line with a presidential promise made a decade ago.

DRC: the Joseph Kabila years

2018-12-17 13:07

Joseph Kabila came to power in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001, ruling during a period of bloody insurgencies and deadly protests against his extended mandate.

Burundi's president Nkurunziza no longer considers Rwanda a partner but an enemy

2018-12-16 08:00

It is important to find ways to prevent the eruption of a possible open conflict between Rwanda and Burundi which could lead to devastating consequences for the region, write Selina Diaby and Patrick Hajayandi.

Army clashes with rebels kill 18 in eastern DRC

2018-12-03 17:02

Clashes between the army and rebels loyal to a renegade former general in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have killed at least 18 people, military sources have said.

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