EAC told to dismiss Burundi as riots escalate   


Nkurunziza busy playing football as riots rage on


As early as 6am Friday morning, gunfire and street battles were reported in Musaga district of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.

Protesters against President Pierre Nkurunziza say they will not rest until he has given up his third term bid.

But the man they are resisting was pictured playing football and enjoying himself in the capital as if he rest assured of the future.


Policemen shove down a woman


Yesterday, police shot protesters as usual and shoved down screaming women like sacks of potatoes.

More than 20 people have been killed and these riots which were interluded by a military coup led by Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare.

Journalists threatened with arrest

Journalists and activists are said to be in hiding for fear of arrest and incarceration.

Innocent Muhozi, the director of Radio TV Renaissance located in the capital has said he is to be jailed for serving his country.

“I wish to inform you that tomorrow I will be jailed for serving my country with my profession,” Muhozi said in a social media, Twitter message.

Today, he appeared in courts of law for a hearing.

State, according to reports, is trying to incriminate him in the failed coup saga.

Police is already threatening to arrest journalists who are covering Muhozi’s hearing.


Muhoozi (black cap) appearing for prosecution


Lawyers want Burundi suspended from EAC bloc

The Pan African Lawyers’ Union has written to the East African Community Secretariat calling for the suspension of Burundi from the bloc.

The PALU Chief Executive Officer Don Deya told a Ugandan radio, KFM, on Wednesday that the union has written an advisory memo to the EAC Secretary General demanding that Burundi be penalized for violating the rights of its citizens.

He said that in addition, Burundi had grossly infringed on the freedom of expression by shutting down some private radio stations and burning another, a claim the government has often denied.

Mr. Deya also faulted the Law Society of East Africa for not doing enough to condemn what he describes as unfortunate developments.

EAC ministers want meet over Burundi 

The Ministers of East African Community Affairs on 18th May 2015 in Arusha, held an emergency meeting to address matters emerging in the Republic of Burundi following the EAC Heads of State meeting held on 13th May 2015, in Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania.

The Meeting, chaired by the Hon. Dr Harrison Mwakyembe Minister, the council reiterated that EAC Eminent Persons/COMESA Committee of Elders and The Chairperson of the Council of Ministers and the Secretary General will urgently visit the Republic of Burundi to assess the situation on the ground and visit the refugee camps hosting refugees from the Burundi both in the Republic of Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania to assess the humanitarian situation in the camps. 

3,000 refugees flee into Uganda

Over 3,000 refugees from Burundi have entered Uganda seeking asylum following the recent chaos and fighting in their country.

Douglas Asiimwe, the head of Refugee Protection in the office of the Prime Minister old NTV that many of them travelled to Uganda on foot and are staying at Nakivale Settlement Camp in Isingiro district.

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