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Heavy rains destroy over 200 houses,
infrastructures in southern Burundi

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- Over 229 houses and public infrastructures were damaged in heavy rains that hit Thursday morning in several localities in Nyanza-Lac district, in Makamba province, southern Burundi, local authorities said on Thursday.

“Heavy rains mixed with violent wind this morning hit several villages in Nyanza-Lac. That disaster caused several damages as it destroyed at least 229 houses and public infrastructures including two schools and two churches. Those houses and public infrastructures were completely destroyed or lost their roofs,” said Nyanza-Lac District Administrator Jean Claude Nduwimana.

“Homeless people have sought refuge in houses of their neighbors and need urgent assistance in terms of food and shelters. That’s why we call on the solidarity ministry and other charity organizations to come to the rescue of the victims,” said Nduwimana.

He added that most of the victims had recently returned from exile in Tanzania.

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Angolan leader returns home after handing over ICGLR presidency 

LUANDA (Xinhua) -- The President of Angola, Joao Lourenco, returned to the country Thursday, after having formally handing over the rotating presidency of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to his Congolese counterpart, Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Joao Lourenco participated in the 7th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the ICGLR held Thursday in the capital of the Republic of the Congo, Brazzaville.

Under the theme “Fast-Tracking the Implementation of the Pact to Ensure Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region,” the meeting reviewed the security situation in the region, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), Central African Republic, Burundi, South Sudan and Sudan.

The heads of State and Government have also discussed the measures in place to prevent the use of mineral resource to finance conflicts in the region.

The ICGLR is made up of Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, DR Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

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Burundi marks 24th anniversary of assassination of first Hutu presiden

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- Burundians on Saturday commemorated the 24th anniversary of the assassination of late Burundian leader Melchior Ndadaye, the first popularly elected Hutu president who was killed 102 days after being sworn in as head of state.

Ndadaye’s death, on Oct. 21, 1993, sparked inter-ethnic violence that killed at least 300,000, according to the United Nations.

Ceremonies of remembering Ndadaye took place in all towns at the district level.

In the east African country’s capital Bujumbura, ceremonies, attended by current president Pierre Nkurunziza, Ndadaye’s family members, other senior officials and diplomats, started with services at Regina Mundi Cathedral and continued at the Palace of Democracy Martyrs, where flowers were laid on Ndadaye’s tomb.

The widow of Ndadaye on Saturday urged the judiciary to pursue the case until responsibilities in the killing of her husband are established.

“We want the case proceedings to resume afresh and establish responsibilities in the killing of President Ndadaye and we believe that it is possible,” she said.

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Burundi government holds roundtable to boost farming sector

BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) -- The Burundian agriculture and livestock ministry on Tuesday organized a roundtable that gathered financial partners with the aim of boosting the east African country’s farming sector.

Launched by Burundian Agriculture and Livestock Minister Deo Guide Rurema, the roundtable was held in the country’s capital Bujumbura in the context of the World Food Day on Oct. 16, which will be celebrated in the country’s southern Makamba province on Oct. 19.

“We have met financial partners and stakeholders in the agriculture and livestock sector in order to discuss ways of boosting the farming sector so that the rural exodus can take an end,” said Rurema.

He said financial partners should help Burundian farmers have increased access to fertilizers and improved seeds and assist agriculturalists in irrigation.

Rurema hopes that the farming sector attracts young people so that they will stop going to towns to look for small jobs like housekeeping or doing small businesses.

“We want our youths to invest in agriculture and that is why we want our development and financial partners to help us boost the farming sector,” he said.

Burundi economy is heavily reliant on agriculture which employs 90 percent of the population, though cultivable land is extremely scarce, according to the World Bank. 

           

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