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More Than 413 Girls Forced Into Marriage in 2016

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

Burundian girls still suffer the consequences of forced marriage especially when they are pregnant before adult age, say civil activists on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child.

Following a study made by a local women’s NGO fighting against malaria and HIV/AIDS-SFBLSP from July to September 2017 in the Bujumbura northern neighbourhoods, girls are still forced into marriage by their parents and families.

Esperance Ntirampeba, SFBLSP chairwoman, says girls still suffer from non-access to education, child marriage and other discriminatory challenges. ” We conducted a small survey in July and the results revealed that around 27.5% of girls under 18 are forced into marriage while 6.8 % of girls under 15 suffer the consequences of early marriage”

David Ninganza, spokesman for Youth Solidarity for Peace and Childhood-SOJPAE, says early marriage in Burundi society is a threat to face. “More than 413 cases of forced marriage were recorded last year,” he says.

Those activists say those cases of early marriage are mostly influenced by teenagers’ unwanted pregnancies.

They appeal to the government to take serious measures to avoid such marriage as it harms the whole society.

Ntirampeba says the government should take appropriate laws to protect those girl children. “Parents who oblige their teenagers to get married should be seriously punished as well as adult people who are involved in the whole process”, she says.

Ntirampeba reminds parents that single mothers especially when they are adolescents have the right to better treatment and education like others. “It is not because an adolescent is pregnant that she has to be abandoned. Parents should still treat her well and take care of her”, she says.

The same view is shared by Ninganza. The Government should review some laws namely the law that stipulates that only pregnant mothers with marriage certificate should have access to free public healthcare. “Preventing them from having the same healthcare is unfair’, he says.


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Burundi: People With Mental Problems to Be Understood in Burundi

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

While the world celebrates the Mental Health day on 11 October each year, people suffering from mental disorder and delay in mental development in Burundi are still discriminated.

Either adults affected by mental disorders or kids that have a mental retardation still have problems in society because they are misunderstood what leads them to being discriminated.

In a centre known as “Akamuri” in Bujumbura city centre, different children can be seen. The latter are affected by a delay in mental development and are referred to as “abakehabwenge” in local language.

Marcel Ndoricimpa, who is in charge of the physiotherapy department in Akamuri, says the centre receives more than 1450 children affected by mental retardation and physical deformity.

He highlights the fact that children are discriminated in their society which also affects their autonomy. “They suffer from mental retardation but they are like other children with the same rights.

The big challenge is that those children are discriminated by their family members”, says Ndoricimpa.

He deplores the fact that those children are even deprived of their fundamental rights. Ndoricimpa says they had to be helped from their early age so as to develop their independence in adulthood. “If helped since early age, those kids can be independent in their adulthood. It is true that their intellectual consciousness does not develop but they learn by imitation and can be autonomous if helped with appropriate material and programs”.

As for Joseph Gahungu, charged with administration at the Neuropsychiatric Center of Kamenge, the mental disorder is a reality to be understood by Burundians. “They should rather be taken care of than being discriminated because mental disorder is an illness like others,” he says.

Gahungu adds that mental disorder is curable. He appeals to people not to consider mental disorder as witchcraft: “There are people who still don’t believe mental disorder exists. Instead of bringing their patients to the hospital, they go to consult witch doctors”

Ndoricimpa Marcel also said persons with mental health problems still meet challenges in professional area.


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Youth Met to Work Out Strategies to Fight Poverty and Unemployment

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

More than 300 young people have gathered in a national youth forum this Monday 9 October 2017 in Bujumbura. Organized by the youth-led organization YouthGlobe, the two-day conference brought together young people from different provinces to adopt strategies so as to combat poverty and unemployment.

Testimonies from successful entrepreneurs, advice from bankers, recommendation from government staff, and guidance from NGO personnel were among others what was on the menu of the forum. The objective of the latter is to wake up the youths and shows them opportunities to reduce poverty and unemployment.

The Youthglobe representative says there are opportunities for young people in Burundi, though the latter do not take advantage of them. He advises the youths to accept to start with small things “You can’t spend the whole day in the bed and argue that there is nothing you can do. Start with a few things you have”, says Museveni Hakizimana, Youthglobe Representative in Burundi.

Isaac MOKAYA MARAGIA, University of Equator Vice Chancellor appeals to the youths to change their way of thinking “I believe young people can do something great. They have enough energy; they should give themselves a challenge to combat poverty and unemployment”

Jean Claude Nduwayo, Director General of Burundi Mine and Quarry Authority (OBM) reminds that the Burundian population is increasing and that youths represent the biggest percentage of the whole population. He demands young people to dare to try and be more creative “All the opportunities are there, you just need to dare and know where to begin”, he says

Joseph MAFARA, Higher Life Foundation Manager says what is needed is just will and capacity. He appeals to the youths to face the challenge with a question in mind “If I could not find a job what will I do?” He advises young people to overcome fear to create something new.

The Youthglobe Director acknowledges that the results of the youth forum are positive as the latter is the fifth edition “There are several testimonies of young people who have initiated something new after the forum. Here, I can mention the initiative of the youths from Makamba southern province, who make soaps, and those from Cibitoke western province,who make porridges and toffeas (meat from soja)”, says Museveni Hakizimana.

The most serious challenge that young people face on their way to entrepreneurship is the lack of support and funds. But for different panellists from different corners, this challenge cannot be taken by youth as an excuse.

Youthglobe is a youth led organisation which operates in Burundi since 2013 and works mainly in education and job creation sectors.


Two Resolutions, One Country

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Uprona Party Factions Far From Reuniting…

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

UPRONA party commemorates the 56th anniversary after its victory on 18th September 1961. It is currently divided into three factions which seem to be far from becoming one again.

Though every faction claims to be the UPRONA that follows the legacy of Rwagasore, they all recognize their division.

After 56 years of a crushing victory of the party which led to the independence of Burundi, all of the three factions salute the courage of the leaders of UPRONA party of the time.

Abel Gashatsi, chairperson of Uprona which is officially recognized by the government says there are some members who have abandoned the party for different reasons. However, he appeals to all Badasigana (members of UPRONA) to work together for the bright future of the whole party. “We have to work together and strengthen our party. We are in process of getting together so that we win the 2020 elections”.

Charles Nditije, Chairman of one of the Uprona wings, not recognized by the Home Affairs Ministry, says Uprona party is divided because of some members who went against the ideologies of Prince Louis Rwagasore. “Some of the Uprona party members followed CNDD-FDD party for their own interests at the expense of the prince’s ideologies”.

Charles Nditije still hopes for a reuniting of the party sooner or later. He says Rwagasore and his team worked in tougher conditions and were able to overcome thanks to determination and perseverance “Rwagasore’s struggle was more fierce than the today’s. He fought white people’s ideologies. How can’t we win since we are fighting against the policies of our fellow Burundian Nkurunziza?”

As for Tatien Sibomana, spokesperson for another Uprona faction which is not officially recognized by the government, Uprona party was divided by individual calculation and selfishness of some people. He appeals to all Badasigana to be united and follow Rwagasore’s ideologies which led to the independence of the country.”

September 18 is a memorable date to all the Badasigana (Uprona party members) as it stands for an overwhelming victory of the party that led to Burundi independence on 1st July 1962.


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Burundi: Some Private Medical Schools Obliged to Close and Others Suspended

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

The ministry of health has decided to close three medical schools and suspend others. It says those schools are closed to improve the quality of education in health sector.

Three schools operating in Bujumbura namely Medical institute of Bujumbura known as ITEM, Paramedical school group (GSP) and Salama medical school have been closed. 17 others are not allowed to register new students in different sections. The ministry of health says the decision has been taken for the well-being of the population.

The spokesperson for the ministry of health, Dr Thaddée Ndikumana, says the decision was taken after inspections and three meetings with those schools’ representatives. “Health sector is a very sensitive domain, we have to be strict. The closed schools were not officially registered”, he said adding that other schools are not allowed to enrol students in the first classes. Those schools are suspended because of the lack of qualified teachers, materials and adapted classes for practice.

Owners of the schools deplore the decision to close them. They say there should be consultations between the ministry and schools’ representative for a better solution for all. “I don’t oppose the ministry’s decision but it should have been communicated to us before. The ministry came here for investigation but gave us no feedback. We don’t know what we were reproached for. We saw it on social media,” said Amédée Cishako, headmaster of GSP.

He says his school has appropriate materials and has been working for 17 years. He wonders whether his students will be able to find good schools where they can continue their studies.

About the medical students whose schools are closed, Thaddée Ndikumana advises them to enrol in other working schools. As for the question of probable shortage of places, he says schools’ representatives should contact national health administration for a better solution.

Two out of three closed schools have been working for more than 15 years without the ministry’s authorization.

Drivers Without Biometric Driving License to Be Fined BIF 2,000 Per Day

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

August 31st is the deadline for the use of a former driving licence. Drivers who don’t have a biometric driving license will be fined BIF 2, 000 for every extra day from September 1st.They demand additional time.

The traffic regulation police are in the process of renewing the local driving license. A fine of BIF 2,000 per day will be imposed from September. “According to article 542 of traffic regulations, whoever will not have the biometric driving license will be fined BIF 2,000 per day. This will be applied from September 1st, 2017 and it concerns people who have not yet taken any step in the application process of a biometric driving license”, said Roger Bankibirwira, the traffic regulation police officer.

He says 75 % of the applicants for the new driving licence have already got it and hopes that the remaining will be served before the end of the deadline. “The work is going on well. Out of 12,962 persons who have applied for a biometric driving license, 9,750 have been already served. We are working much harder to satisfy the demands”. Bankibirwira says around 15,000 persons hold the old driving license whereas his predecessor mentioned around 290,000 in October 2016.

People met on the spot rather demand that they should be given extra time. They say that money, time and distance are the main challenges to the application process. “You know about the current economic situation. I am a driver from Gitega. Apart from abandoning my job for two days, I have to pay extra money for a hotel and trip. And even the cost of the biometric license is not that affordable. They should think of extending the period”, said a man met inside the traffic regulation police office.

The traffic regulation police officer says 312 fake driving licenses have been confiscated throughout the process.


Local Girls Trafficked to Gulf

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Imbonerakure Students Accused of Conducting Night Patrols On Mutanga Campus

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

At Mutanga Campus of Burundi University, students say they are seriously beaten by imbonerakure students when they go back to the campus late in the night. The campus security officer denies the students’ claim and appeals to them to conform to the university regulations.

The students accuse some imbonerakure students (students affiliated to the ruling party) of carrying out night patrols. “They are in groups of 15 to 30 students. They walk together during night. When they meet somebody who enters the campus late, they beat them savagely. Last week, they obliged a student to walk on knees after hitting him” said a young student met on the campus.

They deplore the fact that the imbonerakure students play the role of security agents while the university has its own security forces. They demand the security corps to take the issue seriously. “I think the guys have been hired. Nobody can accept to conduct night patrols without being paid. Furthermore, not all imbonerakure students are doing the job. We demand the authority to shed some light on this issue. People are beaten and no reaction from security authorities”, said another student on condition of anonymity.

Célestin Nibona -Bonasize, in charge of security at university campuses, says there are no students who carry out night patrols. “There are no Imbonerakure students who go on night patrols. The University has sufficient watchmen and police agents. Students are here to study not to work”

He appeals to students who live on campus to comply with the regulations that govern the university so that they can avoid any incident. “Students have to respect regulations of the institution according to which they have to be inside the campus before 3pm. They have to pass through the known entrance. There are only two known entrances. They have to collaborate because this is done for their own advantages”.

Students have expressed their worries after an incident that happened on Monday where two students were beaten while entering the campus late in the night.


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Amstel Beer Consumers and Sellers Complain About Its Shortage

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

There is a shortage of Amstel beer 65 cl. Consumers complain and suspect its withdrawal from the market. However, Brarudi, the Burundi brewery company, says the scarcity of that beer is due to its high consumption these days.

“We were told to give back the empty bottles of Amstel 65cl and only sell the 50cl Amstel beer”, says a Brarudi Strategic sale depot owner in Nyakabiga area, centre of the capital Bujumbura.

Some suspect that Brarudi wants to prioritize exportation. “There has been Amstel 65 cl shortage since last week. We receive other drinks except that beer. It’s said that Brarudi wants to withdraw this alcoholic drink on the local market and sell it outside the country. This is a very big loss as some of our customers who cannot find this type of drink go elsewhere to look for it”, says a bar owner in Bujumbura city.

This lack of this particular drink does not go down well with some people. “It is the only drink I was accustomed to taking. I will be obliged to drink water. I beg the brewery company to bring it back”, says a man met in Nyakabiga.

In a press release issued on 1 August, Brarudi management has said there is no change inside the company: “There is no major change about our exportation. Although we need foreign currency, our local customers are our priority. “

Brarudi says that the shortage is due to the current high consumption of its products. “We observe that there is high consumption of Brarudi products. There is a ‘banana bunchy top’ virus that has attacked banana plantations causing shortage of traditional beer. Currently, people have resumed frequenting bars in large numbers and there are many social events”, says Brarudi in a press release, adding that its tariffs remain unchanged .


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