The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will have to further reduce food rations and cash assistance for more than 1.2 million refugees in Uganda due to a funding shortfall, the agency has said, calling for urgent resources to sustain aid efforts.
According to WFP, with effect from February 2021, refugees will have to make do with only 60 per cent of a full ration. The reduction follows a 30 per cent decrease in assistance last April, which coincided with the COVID-19 lockdown.
“COVID-19 must not be an excuse for the world to turn its back on refugees at this terrible time”, WFP Country Director El-Khidir Daloum said on Tuesday.
“We are unable to keep up even basic food assistance and the poorest will suffer the most as we have to cut...
peace laureate Denis Mukwege has become embroiled in tensions between his
native DR Congo and neighbouring Rwanda, leading to growing calls for his
protection following a series of death threats.
gynaecologist who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his work against
sexual violence in war, said in late July that he and his relatives had been
threatened following a tweet condemning the massacre of 18 people in the DRC's
South Kivu province.
tweet linked the violence back to the start of more than 20 years of war in
eastern Congo which began with the 1996 invasion of the country by rebels
backed by neighbouring Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi.
mentioning who the attackers were, he tweeted: "These are the same ones
who are still killing...
Three people have been sentenced to
30 years in prison in Burundi after being accused of throwing stones at the
people have been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Burundi after being accused
of throwing stones at the president’s convoy. The sentence has caused an
outcry, but the governor says he thinks there will be “changes in this affair”
in the coming days.
The two young men and a woman were working at a gas station in
Kayanza province on Wednesday when the convoy passed. They were arrested later
that day, sources told our reporter.
their trial on Sunday, the three had no lawyers and pleaded not guilty. At
first, they were accused of undermining public security and the prosecutor
asked for a prison term of seven and a half years.
But the court c...
By Our Reporter
Burundian refugees who fled their country as a result of political persecution
during fallen president Pierre Nkurunziza’s regime have called upon the current
government to allow them return home.
written by a group of Burundian refugees living in a camp in Rwanda asks their
president to cooperate with Rwanda and the United Nations refugee agency,
UNHCR, to repatriate them. However, there is not yet an agreement between the
two countries and the UNHCR on how to carry it out.
60,000 Burundian refugees have been living in Mahama camp, in eastern Rwanda,
since the 2015 political crisis over the late former President Nkurunziza's bid
for a third term.
300 Mahama residents signed the letter to their president accusing some exiled...
By Elite News Reporter
in Rwanda are hunting for unknown gunmen attacked a base of Rwanda Defence
Forces (RDF) near the border with Burundi, injuring several soldiers, on Saturday.
at a time when Rwandan security services were considering such incidents had
subsided in recent months.
RDF said in
a statement on Saturday morning that unidentified gunmen at about 00:20 hours,
attacked their “defensive position” at Ruheru sector in Nyaruguru District, in
Southern Rwanda, on Saturday morning.
Spokesperson, Lt. Col. Innocent Munyengango, said the RDF engaged the attackers
who withdrew back to Burundi.
attacked from Burundi and they fled back in the same direction, leaving behind
four of their dead and various military equipment that include...
By Keefa Nuwahereza
Severe shock has gripped Bujumbura and the entire republic of Burundi after outgoing president Pierre Nkurunziza died of cardiac arrest, although some sources are pointing at possibility that he could have been poisoned.
Nkurunziza, aged 55, died after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest, the government said on Tuesday, although some sections of politicians in the country have since rubbished the cardiac arrest rumours, contending that he might have been poisoned, because of the way his death came so suddenly.
We have learnt that he was admitted to hospital
on Saturday after feeling unwell, although his condition improved later on. But
on Monday he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and efforts to revive him
were unsuccessful, the government said in a st...
By Elite Reporter
There is untold fear in Bujumbura after the First Lady
was rushed airlifted to Nairobi, Kenya,
on Friday, after reportedly contracting the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19).
First lady Denise Bucumi was flown out of Burundi on a
Pilatus plane by the AMREF air ambulance service, according to a source at the
Melchior Airport in Bujumbura.
A high-ranking government official, speaking on
condition of anonymity, told AFP that Bucumi had gone to Nairobi “for treatment
as she caught the Coronavirus”.
This was confirmed by a source in the presidency, also
asking not to be named.
However a separate source in the presidency denied it
and said she was going for an “endoscopic ulcer exam”.
In Kenya, a source at the health ministry, requesting
not to be named, sai...
By Elite News Reporter
Burundi’s Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye was on Sunday confirmed as the ruling party’s candidate in the May presidential elections.The national conference for the ruling CNDD-FDD party in the rural province of Gitega is the latest proof that the country’s president Pierre Nkurunziza will now retire after serving three terms.
Nkurunziza will retire after presiding over a disputed third term that sparked off violence and forced hundreds of thousands to flee the tiny central African country.
Who is Ndayishimiye?
Ndayishimiye, a Nkurunziza ally, has been serving as the ruling party’s Secretary-General. Years ago he dropped out of university to become a rebel fighting alongside Nkurunziza in Burundi’s civil war.
David Gakunzi, a Burundian author and political ...
Uganda Cranes are ready to faceoff with Burundi this Saturday in the CECAFA senior Challenge Cup, which is running from December 9 to 19, 2029.
Head Coach Johnathan McKinstry has so far named his final 20-man squad that will play for the Cranes and the selected players are all locally based and ply their trade in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.
Vipers SC defender Halid Lwaliwa has been given the responsibility to lead the squad as the team Captain. Mckinstry however said it wasn't easy to come up with the final squad.
He said that"The decision of selecting the 20 players was difficult. We have had 26 players in the previous days. Me and my coaches discussed for long to have the final list. There is so much talent within the squad. The six pl...