BUJUMBURA Burundi(Xinhua) --
The International Conference on the Great
Lakes Region (ICGLR) has pledged to mediate the tension
existing between Burundi and Rwanda, a spokesman of the
Burundian president said Wednesday in a statement.
statement was made in a briefing after a courtesy call
of ICGLR new Executive Secretary Zachary Muburi Muita to
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.
Burundian president told the ICGLR Executive Secretary
that Burundian citizens do not have any problems with
Rwandan citizens. During their discussions, the
Executive Secretary pledged to mediate the conflict
between Burundi and Rwanda,” said Jean Claude Karerwa,
deputy-spokesman of the Burundian president.
Karerwa, Muita pledged to all his best in collaboration
with the East African Community (EAC) and the United
between Burundi and Rwanda are cold since April 2015
when Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza decided to
run his controversial third term in violation of the
national constitution and the 2000 Arusha Agreement.
accused of hosting Burundian citizens who staged a
failed coup plot on May 13, 2015 and of providing
military training to people who are destabilizing
denied all those allegations.
500 people in Burundi have been killed and some 270,000
people fled to neighboring countries since the outbreak
of the crisis.
secretariat is based in the Burundian capital Bujumbura.
Twelve African Great Lakes countries are members of the
Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the
Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR
Congo), Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, the Republic of South
Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
East African military
academies meet in Burundi to harmonize curricula
BUJUMBURA Burundi(Xinhua) --
Leaders of military academies in the East
African Community (EAC) member states Tuesday started a
three-day meeting in the Burundian capital Bujumbura to
look at ways of harmonizing academic curricula.
from Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania attended the
meeting at the Burundi Military Academy.
launch of the meeting, the chancellor of the Burundi
Military academy said participants will analyze several
issues including the harmonization of academic curricula
within the EAC member states.
him, the Burundian military academy will have to start
the academic year in July starting in 2018 instead of
January as all the other four EAC member states, which
also include Rwanda, begin their academic year in
military academies in July.
also indicated that participants will discuss ways of
exchanging students and lecturers within the EAC
Kenyan trade fair
launched in Burundi’s capital
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Burundian First Vice-President Gaston
Sindimwo on Monday launched the third edition of Kenya
trade investment and cultural expo, rejoicing at the
return of peace and security in the east African nation.
political diplomatic secretary at the Kenyan foreign
ministry, represented the Kenyan government at the fair
that took place at Tempete field near shores of Lake
“If you see
people here: Kenyans, Tanzanians, Burundians ... All of
them are here for the development of Burundi. This shows
that Burundi has recovered peace and security,” Sindimwo
The envoy of
the Kenyan government said the trade fair is a framework
to deepen relations between Burundi and Kenya.
fair is a milestone in deepening Kenya-Burundi economic
and commercial ties,” Amolo said.
Amolo, the volume of investments between the two
countries is over 70 million U.S. dollars, but “the
volume of investments remains very small and I think
that we have to do more.”
week-long trade fair was organized by the Kenya-Burundi
fair has been themed “Enhancing economic cooperation and
regional integration is a vital milestone to boost
bilateral Kenya-Burundi economic ties”.
edition of the Kenya trade investment and cultural expo
was held in September 2015.