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Monkey Cage: Why jogging or going to church can get you arrested (in Burundi)  2014-07-23
Recent moves by Burundi’s political leaders threaten citizens’ right to assemble, stifle opposition ahead of 2015 election.
Two Global Health Corps Fellows Head to Burundi to Change Lives through Radio  2014-07-23
SHELBURNE, Vt. -- "I can't believe we'll be in Bujumbura on Friday," says Alex Bozzette, a 2014-2015 Global Health Corps fellow being placed with Population Media Center. It was a Tuesday, and ...
Burundi proposes new taxes as revenues fall short  2014-07-23
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi's cabinet will propose new duties on some alcoholic drinks and other products, an airport departure tax and other measures to make up for a shortfall in forecast revenues for 2014, according to a draft bill seen on Wednesday. This year's budget had predicted revenues of 633 billion Burundi francs ($411.04 million), but the government now expects ...
Rwanda to Unveil First Utility-Scale Solar PV Power Plant in East Africa, Reports KT Press  2014-07-23
RWAMAGANA, Rwanda, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Government of Rwanda is preparing to commission in early August 2014 the first utility-scale solar PV power plant in East Africa with a production capacity of 8.5 MWp. At present, less than one in five households in Rwanda have access to electricity, and this will increase the country's production capacity by up to 8%. Access to electricity is ...
Congo repels attack on military base in capital  2014-07-23
Gunmen attacked a major military base in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, on Tuesday but the government said the situation had been quickly brought under control. The base, known as Camp Tshatshi, was the scene of fighting in December last year when gunmen also attacked state television and an airport in the capital. "Armed men attacked Camp Tshatshi some time between 1400 and ...
Burundi: Opposition Must Participate in Politics  2014-07-18
[African Arguments]Until quite recently, Burundi seemed like the Central African country with the best record of post-conflict progress. The country achieved majority rule in 2005 after a tragic history and cruel civil war and a complex peace process. The war ended with the signing of the Arusha Peace Agreement in August 2000.
Burundi presidential vote set for June 2015  2014-07-18
Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundi's presidential vote will be held in June 2015, its electoral commission announced on Friday, amid concerns over political freedoms in the landlocked east African state.
Congo launches agri-business park in move to revamp farming  2014-07-17
By Peter Jones KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo has launched its first agricultural business park, the initial step in a plan to use its vast tracts of arable land to produce food, create jobs and wean the economy off its dependence on mining. Congo has 80 million hectares of arable land and some 70 percent of the population works in farming but most are involved in subsistence ...
Burundi’s H1 tax revenue rise lags official forecast  2014-07-15
Burundi's tax revenues rose 10 percent in the first half of 2014 from a year ago but fell short of forecasts, the country’s tax authority said on Tuesday. The African country's revenue authority (OBR) said it collected 297.4 billion francs ($192.2 million) in taxes between January and June, up from 270.5 billion francs a year earlier, but the total was 2.5 percent less than the official forecast ...
Burundi youth wing spark fears of looming poll violence  2014-07-13
Burundian opposition activist Jean-Claude Bikorimana pulls down his shirt to show a scar on his chest, the result, he says, of an attack by the ruling party's youth wing. The 26-year-old farmer said he was among some 50 supporters of opposition party the Movement for Solidarity and Development (MSD) who were attacked by 150 "Imbonerakure" armed with clubs and stones as they were playing sports ...
Burundi: The Uncertain Future of Peacebuilding  2014-07-10
[ISS]Burundi has enjoyed a short period of peace since 2010, but this could turn out to be the lull before the storm. Recent events paint a picture of growing tension between the government of Burundi and the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB).
Burundi critic of government denied bail on security charge: lawyer  2014-07-09
A rights activist campaigning against constitutional change critics say will upset Burundi's ethnic balance and entrench President Pierre Nkurunziza in power has failed in his plea for bail, a defense lawyer said on Wednesday. The proposed amendments, which opponents fear may establish the primacy of Nkurunziza's majority Hutus over Tutsis, have stirred the worst political crisis in the east ...
Telephone Surveys in Burundi Enhance an Already Powerful Form of Behavior Change Communication  2014-07-08
SHELBURNE, Vt. -- Since January, people in Burundi have been listening to a new radio program called Agashi! ("Hey! Look Again!"). This 208-episode soap opera will air twice per week for two ...
As Mountain Gorillas Bounce Back, Rwanda Names Gorilla Newborns  2014-07-02
Rwanda holds official naming ceremony for baby gorillas born over the past year.
Rwanda genocide court upholds 30-year sentence for ex-army chief  2014-06-30
The UN court for Rwanda upheld a 30-year jail term for former army chief Augustin Bizimungu on Monday for his role in the 1994 genocide during which he called for the murder of minority Tutsis. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) "unanimously affirmed the sentence of 30 years in prison," Judge Theodor Meron said, as the former general stood to hear his appeal dismissed in the ...





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