DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s
government has issued an alert over Ebola virus following the
death of a Burundian refugee in the country’s western region of
Kigoma with suspected symptoms of Ebola.
39-year-old refugee at Nyarugusu camp died on Tuesday.
The Health Ministry said samples of the suspected case had
been sent for tests in the city of Dar es Salaam.
"The outcome of the tests will be made public," a statement
by the ministry said.
The statement noted that the deceased had no history of
travelling to countries hit by Ebola nor history of fever, and
that there was no proof that he had hosted any person from
The ministry urged the public to remain vigilant and report
to relevant authorities if there were suspected Ebola cases.
Health authorities in Kigoma were tracing all the people who
might have been in contact with the refugee, and those health
workers who had attended him were being closely monitored, the
Ebola has so far claimed more than 11,000 lives over the past
one year. Of the worst hit countries, Liberia has been declared
Ebola-free by the World Health Organization.
International envoys call
for resumption of dialogue in Burundi
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
International envoys to the Great Lakes Regions
of Africa on Wednesday called for the resumption of political
dialogue to help find political solution to the crisis in
The special envoys from UN, AU, EU, U.S. and Belgium said the
ongoing political impasse and instability in Burundi call for
restraint, leadership, and vision from all concerned citizens of
Burundi to prevent further violence.
"Following months of unrest and the controversial electoral
process, the Burundian government can begin to restore
credibility through engagement in an inclusive political
dialogue with political parties, including opposition and the
Frondeurs of the CNDD-FDD, and civil society," they said in a
joint statement issued in Nairobi.
The joint statement was issued by Special Envoy of the UN
Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit,
African Union Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region Ibrahima
Fall, U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Thomas
Perriello, European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes
Region Koen Vervaeke, and Belgian Special Envoy for the African
Great Lakes Region Frank De Coninck.
The envoys call upon the Government of Burundi and other
political parties to immediately recommit to a transparent,
inclusive, and comprehensive political dialogue, it said.
Civil unrest erupted on April 26 in Bujumbura, Burundi’s
capital, after the ruling CNDD-FDD party elected President
Pierre Nkurunziza on April 25 as its candidate for the
then-scheduled June 26 presidential election, which was
postponed to July 15, then July 21.
Nkurunziza has been in office for two terms since 2005, and a
broad array of actors warned that an attempt to seek a third
term was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000
Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi that ended
a decade of civil war in the country.
The mounting violence across Burundi has also provoked a
widespread humanitarian crisis as refugees have spilled across
the country’s borders and fanned throughout the region.
The envoys said crisis in Burundi continues to spill across
borders, with over 200,000 people seeking refuge across the
According to the statement, the latest numbers show 85,200
Burundian refugees are in Tanzania, 71,600 in Rwanda, 28,300 in
Uganda, 14,322 in the DRC, 7,000 in Kenya, and 3,000 in southern
"The envoys commend these countries for their humanitarian
contributions as hosts for refugees. A dialogue that brings
about a political resolution to the instability in Burundi is
the best route to encourage the safe return of refugees and
prevent regional instability," said the statement.
The statement said the Burundian government cannot afford to
continue down a road marred by instability, division, extreme
economic decline, and humanitarian crisis.
Already one of the most fragile economies in the world,
Burundi’s economy has plummeted further in recent months and
shows little sign that it can recover in the absence of a
resolution to the political crisis.
Donors have made clear that their willingness to continue
partnering with the government is dependent on progress towards
restoring the country’s democratic credentials through a serious
and inclusive dialogue.
The envoys urged the Burundian government to immediately
seize the opportunity for dialogue and forge a new path for
Burundi—agreed upon by all peaceful political parties, civil
society, and the people of Burundi—with the support of the
Burundi coffee appreciated
globally because of its quality
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Burundi coffee has continued to be appreciated
across the world in the last two years due to the progressive
reduction of potato taste which is the biggest enemy of coffee.
"We have noticed that international buyers have been
increasingly buying Burundi coffee because there is no potato
taste in our coffee. Last year, we reduced potato taste from 88
to 8 percent and now we are at 2 percent," the president of
Burundi’s National Association of Coffee Farmers Joseph
Ntirabampa said on Monday.
He was speaking during a trade fair to taste over 150 coffee
packages by both national and international coffee tasters.
The package from Nemba station in Burundi’s northwest
province of Kayanza was classified as position one, followed by
Kiryama package from the same province.
Coffee is Burundi’s number one export product, even though
the country’s produce has been rapidly reducing.
Some Burundian farmers prefer growing foodstuffs which earn
them less money than coffee, but the earnings are more rapid and
Burundi government, with financial support from the World
Bank, has been doing everything possible to ensure coffee does
not disappear from the country.