BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
The Burundian government has suspended activities of the Movement
for Solidarity and Democracy (MSD) “for announcing a plan to create a rebel
group,” a senior official said Wednesday.
and Civic Education Ministry Spokesman Therence Ntahiraja said the ministry had
suspended activities of the MSD for six months.
the party countrywide are not authorized to open during the suspension period,”
him, the MSD has been, since 2013, violating the East African country’s national
constitution and the law on political parties stipulating that “no registered
party is allowed to create a rebel group.”
heard Alexis Sinduhije (MSD chairman) announcing on some radio stations that his
party is going to set a rebel group that will combat the government until he
captures the country,” Ntahiraja said.
He added that
some people who surrendered or who were arrested during or after the protests
against another candidature of the Burundian president in 2015 admitted that
Sinduhije had recruited them for the rebel group that would be formed outside
The MSD is
among the country’s main opposition parties that have not so far been divided
Sinduhije has lived in exile since 2014 for his fierce criticisms against the
2014, the MSD was suspended for four months following violent clashes between
the party youth and police agents at the party headquarters in the capital.
The party was
accused of “inciting party militants to acts of revolt, hatred and violence.”
Burundi army spokesman denies mass
desertions of soldiers
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- The
Burundian defense and war veterans ministry Thursday denied mass desertions of
its soldiers, saying only about 30 soldiers deserted since 2015 due to political
"There are rumors saying over 600 soldiers have deserted from the Burundian
"These rumors don’t indicate when the desertions took place.
"Maybe this figure comprises of soldiers who retired or who left the army
since its creation," Burundian Army Spokesman Gaspard Baratuza said.
According to him, there is a "small number of soldiers" who were manipulated
by "ill-intended politicians" and deserted the army in 2015.
"They are about 30 soldiers.
"It’s a meaningless figure that can not scare the army," Baratuza said.
Some media outlets earlier this week reported that between 600 and 2,000
soldiers had deserted the Burundian army since 2015.
Burundi has plunged into a crisis since April 2015 when President Pierre
Nkurunziza decided to run his controversial third term in violation of the
national constitution and the 2000 Arusha Agreement that ended a decade-long
More than 500 people in Burundi have been killed and over 300,000 people fled
to neighboring countries since the outbreak of the crisis..
Burundi senate urges creation of
commission to stop human trafficking
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Burundian senators on Thursday called for creating a commission
to work with mainly Arab countries to curb human trafficking.
The call was made as Burundian foreign minister Alain Aime Nyamitwe was
invited to the parliament upper chamber to answer senators’ questions on human
trafficking reported on some Burundian women working in Arab countries mainly
Oman and Saudi Arabia.
"The commission to be set up would ensure that Burundian people working in
those Arab countries are enjoying good working conditions.
"The commission would also ensure that Burundian agents working in those
countries have return tickets and are in contact with Burundian diplomatic
missions in those counties," Burundian Senate President Reverien Ndikuriyo said
during the debate.
According to him, unemployed Burundian people can get hired in those
countries if the employment is well-organized.
Nyamitwe said monitoring every Burundian national working in Arab countries
was sometimes difficult due to the shortage of financial means.
Human trafficking is a serious issue in Burundi according to organizations in
charge of children’s rights promotion.
By mid June 2016, the Burundian police had arrested seven people over human
trafficking and identified 11 companies involved in human trafficking in the
The arrested persons included three Burundians and four Kenyans.
Four of the 11 companies or organizations involved in human trafficking are
based in Burundi, four in Saudi Arabia, two in Oman, and one in Kenya.
The four Burundian companies had been collaborating with the remaining seven
foreign companies in the human trafficking business.
Police said that since April 2016, over 280 people, mostly girls, had fallen
victim to human trafficking.
The Burundian police suspected that those girls engaged in sex work after
they arrive at their destinations.
Burundi police seize arms hidden
in house ceiling
Burundi (Xinhua) -- Burundian police said they on Tuesday night seized arms
hidden in the ceiling of a house at Cibitoke in the north of Bujumbura.
around 22:00 when a man warned a police post that arms were uncovered in the
ceiling of a house while a technician was detecting an electric default,”
Burundian Police Deputy Spokesman Moise Nkurunziza said Wednesday.
said security forces uncovered two guns, four grenades and 90 ammunitions.
Investigations have started to identify who hid those arms and why he did it.
said early investigations revealed that the occupant of the house was an army
were uncovered from a neighborhood where protests against the third term of
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza took place in 2015.
plunged into a crisis since April 2015 when Nkurunziza decided to run his
controversial third term in violation of the national constitution and the 2000
Arusha Agreement that ended a decade-long civil war.
Burundi closes “irregular” clinics in capital
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
At least seven private clinics and 13 private centers selling
medical eyeglasses were closed Wednesday for operating irregularly in the
Burundian capital Bujumbura.
the East African country’s public health and AIDS control ministry supervised
were closed in the north of Bujumbura, whereas 13 centers manufacturing and
selling medical eyeglasses in the city center were closed.
other hospitalized patients were taken out of the targeted health structures
during the operation and padlocks were put on doors.
patients are received and treated without paying caution money.
hospitals cannot admit patients if they do not pay caution money.
services are cheap here,” a sick woman who requested anonymity at Saint Luke
clinic at Buterere complained.
closed those clinics because they operate irregularly.
"They do not fulfill all
the requirements of a health structure and we had given them enough time in
order to correct irregularities,” said Providence Munezero, General Inspector at
the Burundian Public Health and AIDS Control Ministry.
that irregularities are notably lack of qualified personnel, poor infrastructure
or lack of adequate equipment.
operation will continue in other clinics and health structures countrywide,”