History will judge Nkurunziza as a man who brought unnecessary pain to a nation that had long suffered from political misrule.
Burundi has become the first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The country announced its plan to withdraw a year ago. The withdrawal is seen as “a setback in the fight against impunity”
The situation in Burundi is still deteriorating, and could lead to genocide, civil war or regional conflict. So where does Burundi go from here? The options are bleak, writes Simon Allison.
Today Burundi observes Ndadaye Day, commemorating the death of an emblematic figure of the country’s democracy, President Melchior Ndadaye assassinated today in 1993, aged just 40. A unifying figure who fought ethnic divisions, Ndadaye was a moderate and he is remembered for charting a conciliatory course for governance, which was cut short after his assassination.
Today Burundi observes Rwagasore Day, commemorating the death of an emblematic figure of the anti-colonial struggle, founding leader, and one of Africa’s most respected nationalists, Prince Louis Rwagasore who died today in 1961, aged just 29. We remember Prince Rwagasore, and pay homage to this African hero.
Burundi just made history. 94 out of 110 lawmakers in the country’s parliament today voted in support of a Bill that will set the court firmly on the course of formally withdrawing from the ICC. The move comes while Burundi is at the centre of international attention for banning UN investigators from entering the country to investigate human rights violations. Do you think Burundi has made the right move?
In a perfect world, some days wouldn’t exist. But our world is far from perfect. On August 30th, the world marked the International Day of the Disappeared. It is the day set aside to draw the world’s attention to the fates of the millions around the world who are missing or are being unjustly held in places unknown to their loved ones. Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana, who disappeared in late July, is believed to have met such a fate. In this piece, fellow Burundian journalist Armel-Gilbert Bukeyeneza, gives a personal account of how he came to meet this “calm, wise man” and why he’s hoping against all hope that Jean is alive
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has been active on the foreign policy front in the last few weeks – with varying degrees of success. At the end of last month he travelled to Burundi to head a delegation of heads of state mandated by the African Union (AU), and this past week he visited Nigeria to address a joint sitting of Parliament in Abuja – a rare event that last occurred when former president Bill Clinton addressed a joint sitting in 2000.
On Thursday 20 August, Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza surprised many when he was sworn in for his third mandate six days before the inauguration was scheduled to take place.