DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Thursday
ordered relevant authorities in the east African nation to stop
granting citizenship to Burundian refugees.
made the directive shortly after he had held talks with
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza in a border town of Ngara
in Kagera region, said a statement from the Directorate of
Presidential Communication at State House.
ordered the country’s Minister for Home Affairs, Mwigulu Nchemba,
to ensure that no more Burundian refugees were granted Tanzanian
citizenship. He did not give reasons for his action.
In 2014, Tanzania
announced that it was in the process of granting citizenship to
162,000 Burundian refugees who had fled their country in 1972.
refugees lived in three settlements in Tabora and Katavi regions
in western Tanzania. By 2007, they had become largely
self-reliant and were taxpaying members of society. In addition
to subsistence crops, the refugees produced tobacco and coffee
for export, contributing to the development of these remote
Nchemba had briefed
the two leaders that 5,000 Burundian out of 247,000 straying in
western Tanzanian camps had made applications to return to their
tiny central African country saying the country was now
“We have been
encouraged to learn that some of the Burundian refugees have
started going back home without the assistance from the UN High
Commissioner for Refugees,” said President Magufuli.
Speaking at the same
occasion, President Nkurunziza called on the Burundian refugees
living in Tanzania to go back home and rebuild the country.
thank Tanzanians for their generosity to accommodate Burundian
refugees,” said Nkurunziza.
The Burundian leader
called for more economic integration between the two countries
saying Tanzanians were welcome to do business in Burundi.
In June this year,
the UN refugee agency said Tanzania remained the largest host of
“Tanzania has become
host to more than 241,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from
Burundi since the outbreak of violence in 2015, making it the
largest host of Burundian refugees in the region,” said the
UNHCR in a report to mark the World Refugee Day.
Two years after the
outbreak of violence in Burundi, children account for more than
60 percent of Burundian new arrivals in Tanzania, said the
of new arrivals continue to flee to the country, with 44,487
having arrived in the first five months of 2017,” it said.
currently home to more than 315,000 refugees and asylum-seekers,
mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
They are hosted in three refugee camps of Nyarugusu, Nduta, and
Mtendeli, which face severe pressure.
Burundi president makes first
foreign trip since failed coup plot in 2015
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza Thursday
drove to Ngara District in western Tanzania where he met
Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli, the first foreign trip
since a failed coup plot in 2015, the president’s office said.
“The state visit
carried out by the Burundian president in Tanzania is aimed at
strengthening bilateral relations between Tanzania and Burundi,”
the Burundian president’s office said in a press release.
accompanied by several ministers including the foreign minister,
the security minister, the East African Community affairs
minister, the finance minister and the defense minister.
office added that on the sidelines of the visit, the president
is expected to hold other meetings.
This is Nkurunziza’s
first foreign trip since a failed coup plot staged on May 13,
2015 when he was in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania to attend a regional
Burundi plunged into
a crisis since April 2015 when Burundian President Nkurunziza
decided to run his controversial third term in violation of the
national constitution and the 2000 Arusha Agreement.
which was opposed by the opposition and civil society groups,
resulted in a wave of protests, violence and even the failed
coup on May 13, 2015.
More than 500 people
in Burundi have been killed and some 400,000 people fled to
neighboring countries mostly Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic
Republic of Congo and Uganda since the outbreak of the crisis.
Currently, Tanzania is the largest host of Burundi refugees.
Southern African bloc
disqualifies Burundi request for membership
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania(Xinhua) --
The Southern African Development Community
(SADC) on Thursday disqualified a request by Burundi to join the
regional body because “it’s house was still not in order.”
the chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Organ on Politics,
Defense and Security Cooperation, said the political situation
in Burundi was still volatile to allow the country to join the
Burundi has been
experiencing political crises since violence broke out two years
ago after President Pierre Nkurunziza took the presidency for
the third term which had been condemned by as unconstitutional
by the opposition, provoking months of protests.
However, Mahiga, who
is also Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African
Cooperation, said SADC has accepted a request by Comoro to join
“So far, only Comoro
has qualified for the entry, we shall take their request to the
heads of state summit slated for next month in Pretoria, South
Africa,” said Mahiga.
Burundi launches first doctoral
BUJUMBURA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Burundian Second Vice President Joseph
Butore has launched the country’s first doctoral school at the
University of Burundi.
Speaking at a
ceremony on the Kiriri campus of the university Thursday, Butore
said the doctoral school will provide programs on social
sciences and life sciences, among other subjects.
The launch of the
doctoral school is very significant for the University of
Burundi and for the country’s endeavors to promote scientific
research, he said.
government first considered the establishment of a doctoral
school in 2011, he added, saying the country’s head of state
signed a decree on the matter in 2015.
The University of
Burundi is the only public university in the east African
country. It is largely financed with government funds.
Gunmen ambush passenger minibus
in western Burundi
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Gunmen killed a minibus driver in an
ambush in western Burundi on Saturday nigh, police said Sunday.
armed with Kalashnikov guns ambushed the passenger minibus at
Kagunuzi in Buganda district in Cibitoke province around 21:30
(19:30 GMT),” Burundian Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said.
“They shot dead the
driver and seriously injured another passenger who was evacuated
to one of the hospitals in the capital Bujumbura,” said the
The minibus had only
the two persons on board, said Nkurikiye, adding that security
forces intervened and exchanged gunshots with the gunmen and
those “gunshots burned” the passenger minibus.
He said before
ambushing the passenger minibus, those gunmen had ambushed a
motorcycle, but the motorcyclist was unhurt.
Security has been
occasionally disrupted with thefts and ambushes on the road
linking Bujumbura to Cibitoke and in villages located near
Burundi’s Rukoko forest reserve in Gihanga on the same road.
Thefts and ambushes
are often mounted by gunmen who then retreat to the territory of
the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Nine suspects arrested over
killing Italian surgeon in Burundi
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Nine persons have been arrested for their alleged
involvement in killing an Italian surgeon at his house in the
Burundian capital Bujumbura earlier this month, the country’s
attorney general has said.
The Italian surgeon
Francesco de Simone was found dead on July 3 at his house at
Kiriri residential area in the Burundian capital Bujumbura.
Police said he had been stabbed.
“Nine suspects have
been arrested for their alleged involvement in the assassination
of the Italian national who worked at Kira Hospital. After the
assassination of Francesco de Simone, a police search was
operated at the victim’s house in Kiriri residential area and
some documents were found at his house,” Burundian Attorney
General Sylvestre Nyandwi said in a statement Monday.
According to Nyandwi,
investigations have revealed that Diane Persson Ciza, the
Italian’s concubine, is among the “main suspects” in the killing
of the Italian surgeon.
“Some fake documents
showed that Diane Persson Ciza was the consul of Sweden in
Burundi, but after talking to the foreign ministry, it was
revealed that no consul of Sweden was in Burundi,” Nyandwi said.
He added that
investigations are still underway to elucidate circumstances on
the assassination of Francesco de Simone.