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BURUNDI: Opposition leader Agathon Rwasa contests partial results

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Opposition leader Agathon Rwasa challenged and rejected the partial results he described as “fanciful”. These results, which record a rate of 12% on 119 communes, were proclaimed Thursday, May 22, 2020 by the national broadcasting. The candidate of the governing party obtained a majority of the votes cast.

The general elections were held on Wednesday 21 May, including a presidential election in which the outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza, who had been in power since 2005, was absent. The Leader of the Opposition said, “I reject these results. These results that we are proclaiming are fanciful results, they do not match reality. I say this because yesterday (Wednesday evening,) when we started counting the votes, we followed, we were in the lead and the results we have show that we are still in the lead. The figures that are being thrown on the airwaves are the result of simple manipulation. It is easy to show that this is cheating,” he said. According to him, he is the only winner of these elections.

However, the president of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the CÉNI, Pierre-Claver Kazihise, had called on Burundians to be patient in disseminating the results of this election. The party of the presidential mobility, the CNDD-FDD with General Évariste Ndayishimiye at the head, has collected 73.9% against only 24.6% in Agathon Rwasa in the commune of Kabezi yet considered its historical stronghold.

However, it is important to remember that these elections, which mark the end of the Nkurunziza era, took place mainly in calm despite the health crisis situation related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Indeed, the highly controversial candidacy of Pierre Nkurunziza in 2005, plunged the country into an unprecedented socio-political crisis, a crisis that caused the displacement of 400,000 Burundians and caused the death of 1,200 people.

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BURUNDI: Death of former President Pierre Nkurunziza

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It was on the “Burundi Government” Tweeter page that the announcement was made accompanied by a press release followed by the attached text:”The Government of the Republic of Burundi is very sad to announce the unexpected death of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, at the Cinquantenaire Hospital in Karusi following a cardiac arrest on 8 June 2020.”

The news release

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BURUNDI: Government begins Ebola vaccine.

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Burundi launched on Tuesday, August 14, 2019 in Gatumba, the main border town with the Democratic Republic of Congo a vast vaccination campaign against Ebola. Its goal is to stop the spread of this virus that has already made almost 1900 victims in the DRC.

The Burundian authorities have not waited to strengthen their health sector personnel in the border with the DRC. Indeed, it is the part of the country where the rate of risk of contamination is higher with in particular loss of human life caused by the disease.

One of the most sensitive sectors in the country today is facing the spread of the Ebola virus. The latter has already made the ravages of Guinea Biseau to Liberia through Sierra Leone, Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Ivory Coast and even Senegal. He had killed 11310 people between December 2013 to March 2016.

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BURUNDI: Inauguration of the national road in the province of Giteg

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The Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza inaugurated on Monday, August 28, 2017, the national asphalt road Makebuko-Ruyig.

In addition to this road, a hotel, an administrative block and a lodge for the patients of the National Center of Appliance and Rehabilitation (CNAR) was also inaugurated by the Head of State.

National Road No. 12 (RN 12) Makebuko-Ruyigi has been paved and the second phase of Butaganzwa-Ruyigi was built with the African Development Bank (AfDB) financing of $ 5 million.

The hotel structure has a capacity of 50 rooms of which 25 functional and the rest of the rooms is under construction.

The administrative block and the NARC pavilion were built for an amount of 286,000,000 Burundian francs with own funds.

Established in 1986, the aim of the fitting center is to ensure the functional rehabilitation of physically handicapped persons. In recent months with the flow of patients, it has recorded 77 consultations, 500 rehabilitation sessions have been carried out, 100 patients have been re-educated, 25 children under two years have had their feet bots corrected. Finally, nearly 50 acts of orthopedic correction of plaster were carried out, said a deputy head of department of the center.

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