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Burundi ‘peace run’ attracts 8000,  say organisers

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  More than 8,000 people on Saturday took part in a “Burundi Peace Run” through the capital Bujumbura, organisers said, in a bid to show the country has overcome more than two years of political crisis. A heavy military and police contingent was on hand for …

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East African leaders press EU to lift Burundi sanctions

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | AFP |  The presidents of Tanzania and Uganda called Saturday on the EU to lift sanctions on Burundi, but a diplomatic for the European bloc dismissed the appeal. The joint plea, by Yoweri Museveni and John Magufuli came at a meeting of the East African …

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EAC SUMMIT: Museveni promises to resolve EPA disagreement

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has taken over chairmanship of the  East African Community (EAC) from Tanzania’s  John Pole Magufuli with a promise to harmonize the region’s vision on the EU-EAC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) “I failed to find a solution for EAC EU trade deal but I am optimistic President Museveni will …

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Petrol shortages expose Burundi’s economic woes

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | A lack of foreign currency means petrol pumps are running dry across Burundi, the government has admitted, as the country struggles with a serious two-year-old political crisis. Long queues have been quickly forming in the capital Bujumbura where petrol is only available at some of …

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Burundi king’s remains to be reburied in Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | A Swiss court has ruled that the remains of Burundi’s deposed king Mwambutsa IV, who died 40 years ago, must stay in Switzerland, ending a drawn out legal battle, local media reported Tuesday. Mwambutsa led Burundi at independence from Belgium in 1962, but was deposed …

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Burundi refugees find hope in ‘at home’ bar in Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda | AFP |  Outside Rwanda’s national stadium is a bar that has become a second home for Burundian refugees fleeing their country’s two-year-old political crisis. The clues are in the name, “Imuhira” meaning “at home” in Burundi’s Kirundi language, in the voices of those who gather on the …

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