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March 12-18, 2013

Weekly Media Monitoring report for Burundi
Posted on March 20, 2013


Compiled by Kelsi Biring, MIGS Desk Officer for Burundi 

  1. Zebiya supporters: deadly clahes in Businde
  2. Justice in Businde
  3. Predictions of a peaceful 2015
I. Zebiya supporters: deadly clashes in Businde
IWACU, independent media

“Culte matinal mortel pour les adeptes de Zebiya. Le récit,”
by Armel Gilbert Bukeyeneza, March 16, 2013.

  • Followers of Euzebie Ngendakumana (known as “Zebiya”) go to Businde on the 12th of each month to pray. This Catholic sect was formed over a year ago.
  • On March 12, violent clashes with the police resulted in 10 dead and 40 wounded.
  • The police denied being involved. Governor Kayanza Mbonabuca Athanasius said “We regret the loss of life that has occurred this morning in the clashes between followers of Zebiya and the surrounding population.Were it not for the intervention of the police, the results would be much more serious.” 
2. Justice in Businde
IWACU, independent media

“Businde: la justice s’active, avec déjà trois arrestations de policiers,”
by Armel Gilbert Bukeyeneza, March 18, 2013.

  • Three police officers were arrested on Saturday under the mandate of the Prosecutor of the Court of Appeal. They were taken to the central prison of Muyinga and are being investigated for the death of a dozen followers of Zebiya in Businde on March 12, 2013. 
3. Predictions of a peaceful 2015
IWACU, independent media

“Le Cndd-Fdd et l’ADC Ikibiri nous prédisent un 2015 apaisé,”
by Fabrice Manirakiza Rénovat Ndabashinze, March 15, 2013.

  • The workshop is the first time that the government and the opposition have met to evaluate the 2010 elections and identify prospects for the future.
  • Léonce Ngendakumana, president of the ADC-Ikiburi, indicated that his party is extremely satisfied that the meeting because it focused on the problems plaguing the country.
  • He also stated that political parties and the government will meet again to set a timetable for the elections.
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