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Burundian president asks for leaders’
summit to ease tension with Rwanda   

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza said Friday that an extraordinary summit of heads of state of the East African Community (EAC) is needed to ease tension between Burundi and Rwanda.

“There is a big issue opposing Burundi to Rwanda. People attacked Burundi from Rwanda and some of them were captured. Their weapons were seized,” Nkurunziza said when answering a journalist’s question during a live radio program held in Ngozi province in northern Burundi.

“We’re victims and we need compensation. We have never thought of attacking Rwanda,” he said.

If the summit takes place, the relations between Burundi and Rwanda will normalize, he added.

The central African country has filed complaints to EAC, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the African Union and the United Nations, but they kept quiet, said the president.

The relations between Burundi and Rwanda have deteriorated after Burundi accused Rwanda of hosting and supporting perpetrators of the 2015 coup plot against President Nkurunziza.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Cholera breaks out in southwestern Burundi: minister

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- At least 45 cholera cases have been reported in the health district of Rumonge in Rumonge Province, southwestern Burundi, near Lake Tanganyika, the Burundian health minister said Friday.

The first case of cholera was declared in Rumonge town on Tuesday and was confirmed by the national reference laboratory located in the capital Bujumbura, said Thaddee Ndikumana, minister of public health and AIDS control, at a press conference in Bujumbura.

The first declared case has been cured and left the hospital, said Ndikumana.

The main causes of cholera are the recent heavy rains that destroyed latrines in the Rumonge town as well as lack of potable water, he added.

“With the support of partners, we are going to provide clean drinking water to Rumonge town. I also urge residents in Rumonge as well as in other areas to abide by hygiene rules,” said the minister.

Residents living near Lake Tanganyika in the province of Rumonge are said to drink and use the lake water which is unhealthy.

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