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Burundi : Reaction of Minister Reynders to the referendum (24.05.2018)

Belgium regrets the lack of transparency of the process of the revision of the Constitution.

BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 24, 2018 – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders expresses strong concern following the referendum of 17th May on the revision of the Constitution of Burundi, the results of which were announced on Monday.

Both the majority and the opposition were eventually allowed to campaign during the official period. Belgium regrets however the lack of transparency of the process of the revision of the Constitution. This process took place in a climate of threats and intimidation symbolized by numerous arbitrary arrests of militants from the opposition, pressures on the population and grave violations of press freedom.
The revision of the Constitution may threaten the achievements of the Arusha process in terms of protection of ethnic and political minorities. It may also undermine the dialogue put in place by the mediation of the East African Community. With the risk that the current crisis could deepen.

Over the last few days, Didier Reynders raised the situation with many bilateral and multilateral partners, including the African Union and the United Nations. All are convinced that the only solution to the current crisis is an inclusive dialogue without prior conditions, and are therefore calling the authorities of Burundi to quickly show gestures of openness which would allow a reconciliation of all parts of society, and put Burundi on the track of democracy and of the rule of law.

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Do the Gunners really want to be associated with Paul Kagame?

As today news show, that ‘Visit Rwanda’ has signed a sponsorship deal with Arsenal Football Club, which means that jerseys will be filled at one specific place with the logo of ‘Visit Rwanda’. Rwanda which all controlled by President Paul Kagame, the general who has blood on his hands and knows very well how to use his trigger finger. General Kagame is ruthless and unforgiving, his enemies either lingers in jail or are buried six-feet under. Therefore, the Gunners have blazed all guns with this one.

If your thinking it is legitimate to forgive the man for being the current leader of African Union, at some point Muammar Gadaffi was too and they took his dictatorial flesh all across the streets before getting rid-off him. Rwanda has their own dictator and that is Kagame. Kagame might dress smart and talk like a wise man. But he has killed and gotten rid of his enemies. There are many men and woman who has gotten at the other side of the gun. That all on orders of Kagame. This isn’t a fairytale, it isn’t a fiction either. It is the reality and the blood of the voices that stand-ups to Kagame.

Goal Reports: “Goal understands that the £10 million-a-year ($13m) deal with ‘Visit Rwanda’ is the biggest sleeve sponsorship contract in the Premier League, surpassing Chelsea’s £6m-a-year ($8m) agreement with Hyundai and Manchester City’s partnership with Korean company Nexen Tire” (Chris Wheatley – ‘Arsenal sign Premier League’s biggest sleeve sponsor deal’ 23.05.2018, Goal).

So, the state of Rwanda can afford a three year deal with the Gunners for £10m. What is ironic in this is that the United Kingdom The Department for International Development (DFID) planned total budget for Rwanda are in 2017/18 total £64m and in 2018/19 are £62m. Meaning, that the about 16,6% of the DFID budget funds are returned to the United Kingdom, through the payments of ‘Visit Rwanda’. But they are going directly to the Gunners of London and not in the pockets of anyone else.

Just to be specific about the violations of the Rwandan government in 2016 to 2017, the Human Rights Watch reported in their 2018 report, that 37 people killed as petty suspects in the Western Province between April 2016 and March 2017. This is just a small fraction of the real numbers, as there are many undocumented ones. Therefore, this is just a small sample of the pain that Kagame does to the ones who stands in his way.

He is used to blazing guns, now he is blazing the state funds on a sponsorship deal, because surely he has seen the plan and said “do it”. I doubt he wasn’t kept in the loop, because the President does it all and controls it all. That is why people are forced to vote for him and follow his laws. He says they all support him, but then if they did, his biggest rivals wouldn’t be behind bars like Victoire Ingabire and Diane Shima Rwigara. Who both had the courage to stand-up and speak against Kagame, that has a price, which is either behind bars or killed. They got the first and not the second offer.

Therefore, the Gunners are really following their nickname, Arsenal are now associated with Kagame and his tyranny. They are already flushing in monies from other questionable sources, but this is the latest. The one I know. If the Board and Owners of Arsenal Football Club knows this, then they are accepting mercenaries blood-money from the Democratic Republic of Congo and even that the aid supposed to be donated to development projects are instead ending up their to pay the fat salaries for their Premier League footballers.

That should make anyone shake their heads, usually football isn’t that serious, but when you put money into play. It becomes dead-serious and Kagame isn’t playing, he is coning and trying to white-wash his name. People like me don’t accept that, he has to many bodies on his watch to be forgiven and to many people who has suffered just he and his kin could rule Rwanda. Peace.

Comesa lettre du Burundi: “Objet: Report des dates du Sommet des chefs d’etat et de gouvernement du COMESA en juillet 2018” (21.05.2018)

Burundi: Communique du Parti Sahwaya-FRODEBU sur les Resultats du Referendum Constitutionnel de 2018 tels Qu’Annonces par la CENI (21.05.2018)

Burundi: Declaration de la Coalition des Independants Amizero V’Aburundi sur le Deroulment du Processus Electoral du Refferndum du 17 Mai 2018 (18.05.2018)

RDC: Comite Laic de Coordination (CLC) – Communique de Presse (16.05.2018)

Opinion: Nkurunziza’s Life-Presidency Projects starts today!

If you ever where thinking that the Presidency of Pierre Nkurunziza was for the betterment of the Burundian people, you we’re terribly wrong. Now after the third term that he took for himself, counting the Arusha Peace Agreement and the Constitution. Today, the Imbonerakure and the army to intimidate and spread fear. To get the people to show up in masses to vote in favor of the President. This has been shown all over Burundi. That is the reason why the VOA and BBC was suspended during the campaigning and the referendum. The government didn’t want this out.

This is a government that want only the perfect news out. The CNDD-FDD don’t want the reality out. They want to look like perfect, like everyone is behind the President and his party. The whole state is eaten by the CNDD-FDD, the state is run by them and they are using the Imbonerakure, whose are more important than ever. They have gotten a bigger space in the Republic after the protest of 2015. When the people flee and more of the opposition leaders, and former leaders has been killed. If not like there are so many people whose been detained because they we’re against the referendum now.

This Referendum of 2018 isn’t to change the Constitution for the people, this is to sign off more terms for Nkurunziza and make it easier for him to rig the next elections. All of this is to secure him and his place. Make him the king and the rest is his peasants.

That is why this is the nail in coffin for the ideals of the Arusha Agreement of 2000 and the Constitution of 2005. Also, now after this the idea of continuing the East African Community mediation effort of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and H.E. Benjamin Mpaka. They should just give it up and stop it. The Inter-Burundian Dialogue has been flawed and controlled by the state, therefore, they have picked the times and stakeholders. It is just as they have been just buying time for Nkurunziza to change the Constitution in his favor. That is what is happening now. By any means necessary.

Nkurunziza are planning to rule for life, leave a legacy of blood and oppression. Pierre wants to be remembered for the toils and tyranny against his own citizens. That he did so to gain his own wealth, misuse public resource and create scarcity. You know that there is a dark side to the referendum, other than creating more terms for the President. Who already had the Constitutional Court in 2015, make a ruling in his favor, in such a way that he could run on the third term, when the President only could run twice. So laws hasn’t mattered to him in the past, so they will not now.

The Burundian population is his personal pawns, they are the ones that can be used and he can profit on. The people are the ones he needs to get personal profits, but not better their lives. Nkurunziza is now a soon a tyrant for life. He is not planning on leaving office. Pierre is planning to stay for life, use all tricks and consolidate all power within him. So that the everyone has to wait for his decrees and decisions.

Today, is just signifying it. All the way through the campaign period, that has campaigned for “no” to the referendum. They have been detained and harassed by Imbonerakura, this has been reported from districts all over the Republic. So it is not like the President hasn’t shown democratic values, but neither is this revision of the Constitution. It is made to secure him and seal his fate.

This is the end of the Arusha Agreement, the final nail in the coffin of the Inter-Burundian Dialogue. Why discuss peaceful transition and balance of power, when the President is taking it all already? There is nothing to give to the other parties and the real opposition to the President. The ones that are still alive is outside and in exile. That is because of the fear of the state, that has assassinated plenty of the opposition leaders and opposition activists in the Republic.

So a man that uses death and detaining of the opponents. Are not having political discourse and having consensus with all political stakeholders. That is a tyrant steering the wheel and deciding the path for everyone. Everyone just has to blindly follow and not questioning him. They have to stand on guard and be poetic about it.

That is why the Referendum of 2018 appearing. President Nkurunziza isn’t planning to send doves, to create a paradise, than he would believe in accountability, transparency and taxation with representation. It is not force-fed public, with a government forced in their face and they have to obey. There no other rule of law, and the state can even get rid of you if your speaking up against them. Nothing will be left behind, nothing will be left without touched and if you oppose them, expect to stop breathing or having a heartbeat.

That is what the Nkurunziza does and if people forget that, then they forget the reality of what he does. Peace.

Burundi: Communique du FNL Relatif au Vote de ce 17 Mai 2018 (17.05.2018)

World Health Organization (WHO) concerned as one Ebola case confirmed in urban area of Democratic Republic of the Congo (17.05.2018)

As of 15 May, a total of 44 Ebola virus disease cases have been reported: 3 confirmed, 20 probable, and 21 suspected.

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 17, 2018 –  One new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Ministry of Health of the DRC announced the finding, after laboratory tests conducted by the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale (INRB) confirmed one specimen as positive for EVD.

Until now, all the confirmed Ebola cases were reported from Bikoro health zone, which is also in Equateur Province but at a distance of nearly 150 km from Mbandaka. The health facilities in Bikoro have very limited functionality and the affected areas are difficult to reach, particularly during the current rainy season, as the roads are often impassable.

“This is a concerning development, but we now have better tools than ever before to combat Ebola,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “WHO and our partners are taking decisive action to stop further spread of the virus.”

The World Health Organization is deploying around 30 experts to conduct surveillance in the city and is working with the Ministry of Health and partners to engage with communities on prevention and treatment and the reporting of new cases.

“The arrival of Ebola in an urban area is very concerning and WHO and partners are working together to rapidly scale up the search for all contacts of the confirmed case in the Mbandaka area,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

WHO is also working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other partners to strengthen the capacity of health facilities to treat Ebola patients in special isolation wards.

As of 15 May, a total of 44 Ebola virus disease cases have been reported: 3 confirmed, 20 probable, and 21 suspected.

Burundi: OLUCOME – “L’Utilisation Illegale des Vehicules et des Fonds de l’Etat au Cours de la Campagne Ferendaire Malagre l’Appel Pressant de L’Olucome” (16.05.2018)

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