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CNL militants returning from a ceremony to open their headquarters in Muyinga were ambushed by “criminals” on Sunday (August 18th) in Rugari area.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) organized this August 23rd, a meeting with leaders of the civil society and religious denominations. They discussed the establishment of the Independent Provincial Electoral Commission (CEPI) and the Independent Communal Electoral Commission (CECI).

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The communal office of the National Congress for Freedom (CNL), in Burambi commune of Rumonge province was destroyed on the night of August 21st.

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In a meeting with leaders of political parties and provincial governors on August 22nd, the Burundian First Vice President has called on leaders of political parties to promote peace and the administration to be neutral.

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At a press briefing held on August 21st, the national platform for risk prevention and catastrophe management has said seven provinces will be prioritized in the project to reduce natural catastrophes and promote community resilience.

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The National Congress for Freedom (CNL), an opposition party says to be worried about increasing political intolerance towards its members. It accuses members of the ruling CNDD-FDD youth wing, administrative and security authorities of persecuting them.

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In a meeting with governors and leaders of political parties held on August 20th, The National Independent Electoral Commission-CENI has said people who will be members of provincial and communal electoral commissions should not work on behalf of their political parties.

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At least one member of the National Congress for Freedom (CNL) was killed and eight others wounded in an ambush staged by armed people.

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On August 17th, some offices of the National Congress for Freedom-CNL were vandalized by unknown people in Kanyosha neighborhood of Muha commune in the south of Bujumbura.

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A school principal in Bubanza province decided that 10 students who just graduated won’t be awarded with diplomas. He accuses them of having torn apart their uniforms and behaved badly at the end of the state exam.

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“The mining sector influences the living standard, the socio-economic and financial life of countries,” said André Ndereyimana, Policy Advocacy, Research and Communications Advisor at ActionAid Burundi.

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At a press conference held on August 16th, the Burundian Minister of Education has said the results of the national test 2019 edition are generally bad.

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In a press briefing held on August 14th, the Association of mulattoes in the Great Lakes Region says mulattoes in Burundi face social discrimination in their everyday life.

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The Ministry of Public Health has begun a vaccination campaign against Ebola virus at Gatumba border post on 13 August. Beneficiaries are the front line health workers.

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In a press conference held on August 13th, the Ministry of Health has said catnip can help to fight against malaria. Thaddée Ndikumana, Burundian Minister of Health says mosquito nets were made to protect people from mosquitoes in the night.

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Déo Guide Rurema, Minister of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock has said all imports of plastic bags, non-biodegradable bags and raw materials used to manufacture them are prohibited from August 22nd and all authorizations already granted for this purpose will be canceled.

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At a press conference held this August 12, Gaspard Kobako, Spokesperson for the party National Council for the Defense of Democracy-CNDD has said members of the party will participate in the 2020 elections if nothing hinders the electoral process.

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On the occasion of the celebration of the World Hepatitis Day, the Ministry of Health has called on Burundians to go for regular hepatitis check-up.

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The opposition coalition in exile, CNARED, has announced its willingness to return to the country to participate in the upcoming elections. The decision was praised by the power in place and seen as disconcerting by the opposition.

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Isidore Nteturuye, National Coordinator of the Federation of Associations involved in defending child rights –FENADEB says three children were victims of mistreatment.

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At the reopening ceremonies held on August 9th, The Japanese Agency for International Cooperation-JICA has said it will carry out various projects to foster development in Burundi.

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The Japanese government has granted one million dollar to World Food Program in Burundi to assist 17 thousand vulnerable households in Kirundo province in the north of the country.

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In a press briefing held on August 8th, the Network of Microfinance Institutions in Burundi-RIM has said a high number of people still don’t have accounts in microfinance institutions and banks in Burundi.

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The trade and movement of cooked food, juice, water packed in plastic bags…are still observed in public places in the economic capital Bujumbura.

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In a workshop held on August 7th, the Association for the Promotion of Batwa-UNIPROBA has said indigenous people in Burundi also known as Batwa are confronted with many problems including poverty and illiteracy.

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