Pierre Nkurunziza, a Thorn in the Flesh for Burundi’s Long-awaited Stability

Burundi is barrelling towards a crisis as it nears 2020 elections. Many Burundians and external actors are infuriated and justifiably so by Pierre Nkurunziza’s actions and failure to bring peace in Burundi or make headway on army reform and delimitation over years.  Nkurunziza’s intransigence stands in stark contrast to the desperation of   Burundians to find … Continue reading Pierre Nkurunziza, a Thorn in the Flesh for Burundi’s Long-awaited Stability

As crisis escalates, Burundi continues pushing to be admitted as member of SADC

The 37th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 19th and 20th August 2017 declined Burundi’s request to join the Community and indicated that the assessment of Burundi to be admitted remains work in progress. It is obvious … Continue reading As crisis escalates, Burundi continues pushing to be admitted as member of SADC

Burundi hands over Rwandan rebels

On 29 April 2019 in the afternoon Cibitoke Police in collaboration with Burundi administration, the representative of Burundi Intelligence Services – Service National de Renseignement (SNR) from Bujumbura in the presence of a delegation of International Conference on the Great Lakes Region/ Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (ICGLR/EJVM) surrendered to the Rwandan authorities on their border … Continue reading Burundi hands over Rwandan rebels

OPEN SECRET: Plans by President Nkurunziza to stay in power beyond 2020

Sources within the Burundian presidency have revealed to The Great Lakes Eye that President Nkurunziza intends to exploit the current political and economic crisis in Burundi to remain in power beyond 2020. To confirm Nkurunziza’s unwillingness to organize elections, his government has been collecting funds from poor peasants purportedly to supplement elections budget but reliable … Continue reading OPEN SECRET: Plans by President Nkurunziza to stay in power beyond 2020

Gitega – The new Capital of Burundi: a new political calculation

In his usual comedian style, President Nkurunziza officially declared the small town of Gitega in the center of Burundi, as the new political capital, while maintaining Bujumbura as the economic capital. “Cabinet meetings will henceforth be held in Gitega, where five ministries will also be established from the start of 2019”. These ministries include the … Continue reading Gitega – The new Capital of Burundi: a new political calculation