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Some citizens of Bujumbura city live in fear since they heard the outbreak of COVID-19 in Burundi, this March 31. “We don’t have any other choice than abiding by the hygienic measures,” says a taxi-driver met in Mukaza commune in Bujumbura city.

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Donavine Uwimana, Director of the Burundian Association for Family Welfare-ABUBEF says cervical cancer is a reality in Burundi and contributes to preventable maternal mortality.

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Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Public Health has said the two men aged 56 and 42 are both Burundians residing in Bujumbura City.

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Gabriel Rufyiri, OLUCOME Chairman says the ad-hoc Commission established by the Burundian government is a persuasive one. “It’s a good initiative for establishing such a commission but its results will be similar to the existing ones.

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This Sunday, Iwacu Press Group was dismayed to hear remarks threatening some of its journalists. The threats, which Iwacu newspaper has evidence of and which will be provided to the relevant authorities, were spoken by a Member of Parliament elected in the Constituency of Cankuzo.

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To be ready in the event of the appearance of covid-19 infected persons, the government keeps denying the fake news circulating on the internet … Since the pandemic was reported in the neighboring countries, the government is mobilized at all levels.

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Burundi has not yet registered any case of COVID-19 infection so far, according to the communiqué of the government released on 25 March.

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“Our country has 24,787 water sources, 17,821 of them are preserved, 1,418 are disappearing while 2,508 have completely dried up,” said Emmanuel Ndorimana, permanent secretary to the Minister of Environment this 26 March.

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Prosper Ntahorwamiye, Spokesperson for the government, says Burundi doesn’t have any special expertise in the prevention of COVID-19 compared to other countries already affected by the disease.

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On the occasion of the Public Transport Day celebrated on 25 March, Burundian transport operators ask people to wash hands before getting into bus as the day coincides with the wide spread of COVID-19.

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Delphin Kaze, 23, a young man from Gitega, Burundi’s second-largest city, located in the Nile basin, has found an alternative to preserve the trees.

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The movement of customers and travelers has significantly decreased at Bujumbura City Market commonly known as “kwa Siyoni”. Some travel agencies inside this market are closed while some others are opened by agency officers who to stay there to spend time.

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The Political Coalition Kira Burundi accuses the Electoral Commission of deliberately trying to exclude it from the upcoming 2020 elections. At a press conference held on 23 March, Aloys Baricako, Kira-Burundi legal representative referred to the fact that e CENI rejected all the candidacies submitted for the next legislative elections and those of communal councilors […]

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Two houses of members of the National Congress for Liberty (CNL) were burned down in Gashirwe area of Cendajuru commune in Cankuzo province.

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The Constitutional Court ruled on 19 March that only the candidacy of Former President Domitien Ndayizeye was accepted to run for the presidential election set on May 20.

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Ezéchiel Nibigira, Minister of Foreign Affairs says visa applications are suspended until further notice. He, however, says the decision doesn’t mean the closure of Burundian borders.

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Following the rejection of candidacy files of some political parties in the legislative election, members of Kira Burundi coalition accuses Uprona party of hampering the process.

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Aline Ndikumana accused of illegally possessing firearms has appeared again this 18 March before the Muha Court of appeal. The court has adjourned her case for further deliberation.

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Thaddée Ndikumana, Minister of Public Health says there has not been any suspected case of COVID-19 in Burundi until 18 March. “There is no need to wear masks on the mouth.

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The head of the opposition party National Congress for Liberty (CNL) was shot dead in Migera locality of Kabezi commune in Bujumbura Province, on March 16.

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Prosper Ngendanganya, Director of Supervision, Financial Stability and Inclusion at Burundi Central Bank –BRB says the decision has been taken to supervise all movement of foreign currency exchange in Burundi.

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In an attempt to prevent the spread of Corona virus which has already been reported in the neighboring countries, the Public Health Minister has asked people to avoid shaking hands and hugging.

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On Tuesday, March 10, the National Independent Electoral Commission announced that it had rejected four files of presidential candidates. The concerned candidates expressed their frustration and said they were going to appeal to the Constitutional Court.

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Commercial activities between Rugombo commune in Cibitoke province and Luvungi city in the DRC were suspended over a week. Traders from both localities plead for their resumption.

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At least 34 passengers from China, South Korea, Italy, France, German, Japan and Iran are kept in quarantine at “Source du Nil” hotel since 6 March.

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Aline Ndikumana, the spouse of a CNL party secretary in Nyabiraba commune in Bujumbura province and her son are now free after six months of detention.

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Léonce Ngendakumana, Deputy Chairperson of Sahwanya FRODEBU party says different reports on human rights and political intolerance in Burundi are often times produced by the UN Commission of Inquiry.

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Out of 10 presidential candidacy files, four don’t meet the required conditions. The rejected candidates say they will appeal to the Constitutional Court.

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Jean Marie Niyokindi, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism said sugar wholesalers are involved in the sugar shortage that has occurred in Bujumbura city these days.

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Aline Ndikumana appeared on 6 March before the Court of Appeal of Muha commune. She is accused of illegally possessing firearms. The court postponed the trial to investigate in details charges against the detainee.

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