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The current trend of political events in Burundi seems complicated and tending towards the slide. Political observers assess that Pierre Nkurunziza is determined to remain in power come 2020 elections. However, majority believe that his rule has totally shifted from broad-based Arusha accord to patronage based and personal, with his family and clique at the … Continue reading Opinion: The Growing discontent within the CNDD-FDD establishment threatens the dysfunctional and corrupt political system built by President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Joshua & Merina Rampant murders and assassinations are on rise in Uganda and many political analysts indicates that Uganda suffers from inefficient patronage politics and a downward spiral of declining governance, poor economic performance and local insecurity. At present, violent crime, including murder is on the rise as security organs ability to carry out regular … Continue reading The untold story behind the assassination of Tumukunde Merina and Ruhegyera N. Joshua along Entebbe highway
Situation in Burundi Burundi is at risk of a new wave of atrocities as it approaches next year's elections with an unresolved political crisis and a president, who is increasingly portrayed as a "divine" ruler. According to UN Human rights council, the commission concluded in its report that “serious human rights violations including crimes against humanity … Continue reading UN Rights council concerned about the situation in Burundi ahead of 2020
With less than a year to elections in Burundi, Pierre Nkuruniziza and his CNDD-FDD Party have not come up with any road map for succession plans nor a strategy for elections scheduled for 2020. Instead, Pierre Nkurunziza has orchestrated a discreet campaign dividing Burundi’s opposition parties into separate wings. He has effectively decapitated the parties … Continue reading Opinion: Pierre Nkurunziza’s succession Dilemma, is it possible to predict what’ll happen in the 2020 elections in Burundi?
Uganda’s hostile posture against Rwanda has continued despite the commitment manifested through the signing of the Luanda MoU to end hostilities. Uganda’s hostility continues to manifest itself through continued illegal arrests, illegal deportations, and support to Rwandan enemies. Indeed, available facts reveal that Museveni’s sole interest in signing the memorandum was purely a public relations … Continue reading Uganda’s Hostility towards Rwanda Continues in High Gear despite the Signed Luanda Memorandum of Understanding
Kalisa Mubarak In a documentary on ABC news one Kalisa Mubarak is said to be an endangered Rwandan dissident, initially under witness protection in South Africa being targeted by Rwandan spies. The document alleges further that Kalisa gave testimony that help convict four people then fled to Australia. It alleges too that Mubarak received a … Continue reading The story behind allegations of alleged espionage on Rwandans in Australia: Who is Kalisa Mubarak?
In 1994 in the aftermath of the genocide against the Tutsi most Western media attention was focused on refugee camps in Goma, Zaïre, where killers, having exterminated Tutsi and burned the country had fled to. Since western aid follows western media, most of it was focused on that region of Eastern Congo. Since NGOs follow … Continue reading If the Rwandan government targets its dissidents, who is targeting its friends and allies?
On 27 August 2019, Tanzania announced it would send back all Burundian refugees on its soil from 1st October, saying it was working with the UN to secure their return. However, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement that insisted any returnees should go home voluntarily. According to Tanzanian government figures, over … Continue reading Fear and Tension as Tanzania wants to send back Burundian refugees
On 17 August 2019, “Imbonerakure Day” was celebrated in Bujumbura, the commercial capital of Burundi." Imbonerakure Day ”was an opportunity for the ruling party to say that its youth or – militia for its detractors – is a pillar of development. In Ngozi, the Imbonerakure exhibited the fruit of their harvest. Indecency or simple propaganda? On the next … Continue reading BURUNDI CONTROVERSY: Imbonerakure Day, Two Images for The Same Development Speech
Many people have cheered the signing of the MoU in Angola between Rwanda and Uganda, particularly assessing which party stands to lose or gain in the deal. But from the general perspective, the MoU sounds more diplomatic and clearly articulates all what is being done by the Government of Uganda in support of subversive groups … Continue reading Opinion: Does the signing of MoU resolve the Rwanda-Uganda stand-off?