Burundi refugees stuck for lack of funds

Inadequate funding continues to hamper efforts by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to have Burundians in refugee camps sent back home, says the agency's regional co-ordinator for Burundi, Catherine Weisner. As a result, UNHCR has toned down calls pushing for more refugees to be repatriated and instead is working with the Burundian and Tanzanian governments to assist those...

Mushikiwabo self-confident for her election as head of La Francophonie

Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo, candidate for the head of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF), said she confident and optimistic that she will be elected as OIF Secretary General in the forthcoming elections Minister Mushikiwabo was speaking on Thursday during an Interview with TV5 Monde "I have a lot of support for this position" and "not only...

Amafoto: Victoire Ingabire Yitabye Urukiko anakirwa mu Mudugudu

Uyu munsi Mme Victoire Ingabire yagiye ku rukiko aho asabwa kuzajya yitaba buri wa kabili. Ingabire kandi yakiriwe n' umuyobozi w'umudugudu w'Amajyambere, (akagari Rukiri ya mbere, umurenge wa Remera) Mme Izere Valentine, n' ushinzwe umutekano mu mudugudu Bwana Twiringiyimana Celestin Amafoto yose yakuwe kuri Facebook You can also read: Victoire Ingabire, if you love the Rwandan people, also love their collective...

Press Statement on the Italian Deputy Prime Minister comments on African Migrants

Addis Ababa, 18 September 2018: The African Union Commission expresses dismay at the comments made by the Italian Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Matteo Salvini, at a recent conference in Vienna at which he likened African immigrants to slaves. It is the view of the African Union that name-calling will not resolve the migration challenges facing Africa and Europe. It is...

EU’s finance for African security missions has ‘poor effect’, say auditors

By Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com The EU’s financial support for African peace and security policies “has had a poor effect and needs refocusing,” the European Court of Auditors said in a report published on Tuesday (18 September). The CoA, which monitors EU spending, argues that the European Commission, led by its diplomatic arm, the European External Action Service, should work to...

Burundi threatens to quit UN Human Rights Council, sue critics

GENEVA      –     Burundi, beset by accusations of crimes sagainst humanity, threatened on Monday to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council and sue its critics. A U.N. Commission of Inquiry, set up in 2016, published a detailed 272-page report that said the government and its supporters were responsible for crimes against humanity. The Central African state has refused to cooperate with...

Eritrea, South Sudan Could Join East African Standby Force

Addis Ababa, Sep 17 (Prensa Latina) Eritrea and South Sudan could join the East African Standby Force (EASF), a regional military with rapid deployment capability to combat security threats, the African Union (AU) reported on Monday. According to a statement from AU, a meeting of the 10-member EASF council of ministers will be held in December in Sudan, where the...

UN Human Rights Council thanks Rwanda for facilitating Burundi Inquiry Team

The United Nation's Human Rights Council has conveyed its thanks to Rwanda and four other countries for allowing UN investigators to carry out missions on their territory. Addressing the Thirty-ninth session of Human Rights Council on Monday during an Interactive Dialogue on Burundi, Doudou Diène, President of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi conveyed gratitude to Rwanda, Belgium, Uganda,...

AU deploys short-term election observers to Eswatini’s 2018 General Elections

Addis Ababa, 17 September 2018: Following an invitation from the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, has authorized the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Election Observation Mission to the Kingdom of Eswatini’s General Elections scheduled for 21 September 2018. The AU Mission is led by His Excellency...

DRC rebels on offensive in South Kivu province

Congolese troops on Sunday were facing an offensive by DR Congo rebels in the eastern province of South Kivu, military and civilian sources said. The sources said the troops were up against a disparate coalition of Yakutumba rebels loyal to a former army general opposed to President Joseph Kabila as well as Malaika ("angel") allies. The sources, speaking on condition of...

Statement on Cabinet Decisions of 14/09/2018

An Extraordinary Cabinet Meeting was held on Friday, 14th September 2018 chaired by His Excellency the President of the Republic, Paul KAGAME. READ THE FULL Cabinet STATEMENT HERE

Kizito Mihigo na Ingabire Victoire barekuwe

Inama y’Abaminisitiri yemeje ifungurwa ry’abagorwa 2140, barimo Kizito Mihigo na Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza. Bakuriweho igihe cy’igihano bari basigaranye, hashingiwe ku bubasha bwa Perezida wa Repubulika bwo gutanga imbabazi, nyuma y’ubusabe bwabo bwo muri Kamena 2018. Minisitiri w’Ubutabera akaba n’Intumwa Nkuru ya Leta, Johnston Busingye, yemeje aya makuru nk’uko yabwiye IGIHE ati "nibyo barekuwe". Kizito Mihigo arekuwe nyuma y’uko Ku wa 26 Kamena...

Burundi Senate urges foreign NGO to hire 60% Hutus and 40% Tutsis

BUJUMBURA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The second vice-president of the Burundian Senate Thursday urged foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Burundi to hire 60 percent of Hutus and 40 percent of Tutsis. Addressing a press conference in the capital, Bujumbura, Anicet Niyongabo said foreign NGOs are subject to the same legislation like Burundian public administration institutions. "Practices in terms of employment...

Celebrations of the African Union Day set for Tomorrow

WHAT: Celebration of the African Union (AU) Day observed every 9 September… This year, the African Union Commission (AUC) will celebrate the Day on 15 September 2018. Meanwhile, the Message of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, H.E Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat for the African Union Day has been distributed and posted on the 9th of September 2018 on the...

Uganda MP tasks govt to explain arrests, deportations of Rwandans

Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has asked government to explain the deportation of Rwandans citing that they are living in fear of what is next (FILE PHOTO) PARLIAMENT – The Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, on Wednesday tasked government to explain the continued illegal arrests and deportation of Rwandan nationals. The Speaker’s decision after MPs reported that the...

Koffi Annan Foundation appoints an Interim Chair

The Board of the Kofi Annan Foundation is pleased to announce that it has appointed Mr Jenö Staehelin as Interim Chairman of the Board, following the passing of Kofi Annan, who was the Founder and Chairman of the Board. Jenö Staehelin has served on the Board of the Foundation since its creation in 2008. A career diplomat, he negotiated...

PHOTOS: Koffi Annan’s Body arrives in Ghana

The body of the Former United Nation Secretary General and Noble prize laureate Kofi Annan has arrived in Ghana waiting for the burial which takes place on  Sept 13, 2018. Annan died in a Swiss hospital at the age of 80.

East Africa Countries shut refugee programmes as Europe and US reject migrants

Report from Norwegian Refugee Council Published on 10 Sep 2018 As western governments reduce funding for refugees in East Africa, aid programmes are being forced to shut down, leaving refugees in crisis. "Fast and furious budget cuts are hitting the East Africa aid sector hard. If more funding isn't found, malnutrition will rise, schools will close, and water -borne diseases will...

Rwanda, Lebanon attend Egypt’s ‘Bright Star’ drill as observers

A team from Rwanda is attending the Egyptian-US joint military exercise known as the “Bright Star” at a military base in Alexandria, Egyptian media reported. The military exercises include land, naval and air forces from Egypt, the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Greece, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Rwanda, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, the Democratic...

Koffi Annan Burial Date announced

Former United Nation Secretary General and Noble prize laureate Kofi Annan will be buried in his home country Ghana on Sept 13, the West African nation’s President said on Friday. Annan died in a Swiss hospital at the age of 80.

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