Thursday 21 September 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo...
(Bloomberg 09/19/17)
A United Nations commission urged the International Criminal Court to investigate possible crimes against humanity committed in Burundi, saying it had compiled a list of alleged perpetrators of violence during the country’s two-year crisis. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi has reasonable grounds to believe “serious human-rights violations and abuses” have been committed in the East African country since April 2015, its chairman, Fatsah Ouguergouz, said Tuesday in Geneva. The abuses included torture, extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances and rape, with most victims being opponents of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government, he said. The commission has drawn
(Reuters (Eng) 09/18/17)
At least 30 Burundian refugees have been killed in clashes with Congolese security forces over plans to send some of them home, a Reuters witness and local activists said on Saturday. Police and soldiers opened fire as the refugees protested over the plan in the town of Kamanyola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, the activists told Reuters. Congo’s government spokesman Lambert Mende denied that those killed were refugees, saying that the clashes broke out when assailants from an unidentified armed group attacked an office belonging to the national intelligence agency.
(AFP (eng) 09/16/17)
Troops shot dead 18 Burundian refugees in clashes in Kamanyola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials in the eastern province of South Kivu said Saturday, giving what they said was a provisional toll. A Burundian refugee said that more than 30 had been killed and at least 100 wounded. Interior ministry official Josue Boji said troops had tried to disperse the refugees by "firing in the air but were overwhelmed" when the group responded by throwing stones in Friday's confrontation. Boji said the clashes began after a group of refugees overran a jail run by the country's domestic intelligence...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/16/17)
Congolese security forces killed at least 18 Burundian refugees during clashes over plans to send some of them home, local activists and a diplomatic source said. Police and soldiers opened fire as the refugees protested over the plan and tried to free some of their arrested compatriots in the town of Kamanyola in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, the sources said. Activist Wendo Joel said the refugees had seized a weapon and killed a soldier, though that account was not confirmed by other sources. “The soldiers first fired in the air but there were many refugees,” Joel told Reuters. “I have counted 32 bodies.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/16/17)
A break-in at the U.N. human rights office in Burundi’s capital may have been an attempt to smear the government, a presidential aide told reporters on Friday in Geneva. U.N. staff in Burundi filed a complaint with police after a group of armed men broke into the office in Bujumbura at around 2.30 a.m. on Wednesday, a U.N. spokeswoman said. Nobody was hurt and there was no damage in the attack, which came a week after a U.N. human rights...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist...
(Eye Witness News 09/04/17)
The commission said there were reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity had been committed since April 2015. Burundian officials at the highest level should be held accountable for crimes against humanity, and a list of suspects has been drawn up, a UN Commission of Inquiry said on Monday. The commission said there were reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity had been committed since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would seek a new term...
(African arguments 09/04/17)
Burundi needs international peacekeeping missions to keep its troops paid and happy. Peacekeeping missions need Burundian troops. But for how long? The crisis that has engulfed Burundi since April 2015 is the result of infighting among a small number of insiders belonging to the ruling party, the CNDD-FDD. Having all fought in the bush together, some of them felt that the president, Pierre Nkurunziza, should make way for others to have a turn at the top job, and refused to...
(Xinhuanet 08/31/17)
The Burundian health ministry on Wednesday said 24 cholera cases have been reported in Nyanza-Lac in the southwestern province of Makamba in a period of less than two weeks. Nyanza-Lac Hospital received 24 patients that had symptoms of cholera from Aug. 18 to 28, 21 of them have been discharged, three patients are still receiving medical treatment, said Thaddee Ndikumana, spokesman of the ministry of health. According to him, the cholera epidemic in Nyanza-Lac originated from a fisherman who came...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
A Burundi rebel group vowed to intensify attacks on President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government, potentially deepening the East African country’s more than two-year political crisis. The Burundi Popular Forces see the violence as necessary to compel Nkurunziza’s administration to join peace talks with all the country’s opposition groups, spokesman Adolphe Manirakiza said in an interview. The rebels, who include former army and police officers, were previously part of the Forebu group that claimed attacks on military sites in Burundi in the...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One of the world’s poorest regions is making itself more friendly to new products from Novartis AG, Roche Holding AG and other drugmakers by combining the pharmacy regulators of six countries. The East African Community Medicines Registration Harmonization program allows Bayer AG, Merck KGaA, and rivals to speed products to market, while easing patients’ access to new medicines. Drugmakers would like to see the scope of the project, which started in 2012, widened to more countries. Modeled on the European...
(Iwacu 08/29/17)
After a period of decline, girls and women trafficking to Gulf countries has been intensifying since the last few days. Minors also try to return to Tanzania through Ruyigi and Cankuzo provinces. On 16 August, the police arrested 24 women and girls in Kayanza northern province. They were in two minibuses. They said they were going to Uganda to buy goods. The police suspected them. The police realized that 18 of them had new passports with wrongly completed Yellow Fever...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy,...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take...
(Xinhuanet 08/25/17)
Tanzania's Minister for Home Affairs, Mwigulu Nchemba, on Thursday demanded the UN refugees agency to start repatriating over 8,000 Burundian refugees who have volunteered to go back home within seven days. Speaking at Nduta refugee camp in the east African nation's western region of Kigoma, Nchemba said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should immediately start organizing logistics for the safe return of the refugees. "Failure to repatriate the refugees, I will consult with the Minister for Defence...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
A total of 1,819 Burundian troops of the 44th and 45th battalions have started to replace the 38th and 39th battalions serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Burundian army spokesman said Tuesday. "Some troops have already departed to Somalia, but a big number of them flew today morning to Somalia," said Burundian Army Spokesman Colonel Gaspard Baratuza. Baratuza said the work of Burundian troops serving in the AMISOM is "commendable," while their "successful" mission faces several...
(Reuters 08/18/17)
Grenade attacks on two bars killed at least three people and wounded 27 others in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura, police and hospital sources said on Friday. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye told reporters one person died at the scene and 29 others were rushed to hospital after grenades were thrown into two bars in the Buyenzi district on Thursday night. Hospital sources said two people died of their injuries later. One survivor, who asked not to be named, said the...
(The Associated Press 08/18/17)
Burundian police say one person has been killed and 29 others injured in overnight grenade attacks in the capital. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said the attacks on Thursday night targeted two bars in the Buyenzi quarter of Bujumbura. Nkurikiye said it was not immediately clear who was responsible for the apparently coordinated attacks. Burundi has been plagued by sporadic violence since April 2015, when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a disputed third term.

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