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7 Killed in Burundi as Pressure Mounts on Nkurunziza

The Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) in collaboration with various stakeholders organised the National YouthConnekt Month to kick off on 2 May 2015.

Themed “Twahisemo Kuba Umusingi w’Iterambere” roughly translated as (We Choose to Be the Foundation of the Country’ Development), information pills http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-admin/includes/revision.php the YouthConnekt Month will be an opportunity for over Four Million Rwandan youth to clearly demonstrate their contribution in the country’s economic transformation.

YouthConnekt Month 2015 will include ICT activities to increase access to Broadband services and therefore boost socio-economic opportunities for citizens across the country.

The Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Youth and ICT, pill Rosemary Mbabazi told press on Thursday said that the forum creates an enabling environment for the Rwandan youth to contribute to their communities’ welfare and enhance their role in national building.

“This platform also creates opportunities for youth to express their ideas and views on the future of Rwanda and proposed solutions to the identified challenges, advice ” stressed PS Mbabazi.

The YouthConnekt Month originated from the resolutions of the first edition of the Youth Connekt Convention which was held in December 2012.

During the convention which was attended by President Paul Kagame, the youth resolved to hold an annual exercise meant to enhance their participation in socio-economic development activities.

The President endorsed the idea and recommended an annual youth month dedicated to enhancing youth participation in the country’s socio-economic transformation.

This year’s YouthConnekt Month will kick off on 2 May 2015 in Nyamasheke District, Western Province, and will end on 30 May 2015 in Kirehe District, Eastern Province.

It was organised in partnership with National Youth Council, Imbuto Foundation, MINALOC, MIGEPROF, MINISPOC, One UN, DOT Rwanda, all districts, Youth organisations and faith based organisations.
Civil unrest entered a decisive stage in areas of Burundi’s capital, discount http://corephysio.ca/scripts/form/language/russian-utf-8.php Bujumbura to protest the nomination of current President Nkurunziza by the ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy – Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) party as their candidate for upcoming presidential elections.

According to a report released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), find the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, pills Said Djinnit, is currently in Burundi meeting with Government representatives to urge them to ensure security, guarantee freedom of expression, and create room for dialogue.

In Bujumbura, Chimp Corps Claver Ndushabandi reports that Burundi First Vice President Prosper Bazombanza met with Djinnit on Thursday for a candid discussion on the unfolding political events in Burundi.

Djinnit told Bazombanza he came to express concern over Burundi’s delicate phase and to demand for elections that are “peaceful, transparent and inclusive.”

He asked Government to do everything possible “to bring back a favourable climate for elections and to give a message of reconciliation during this trying period.”

Bazombanza thanked his host and assured him that the government will do its best to ensure that the elections are free, transparent and peaceful.

To date, a total of seven deaths, including two police officers, have been reported, though OCHA notes that outside of the capital, the situation has remained relatively calm, although many shops and schools remained closed.

Among recent developments is a communications clampdown, under which platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Viber and WhatsApp having been blocked by authorities, and Radio Publique Africaine shut down.

By Friday night, government had reportedly started unblocking these channels due to international pressure.

United Nations said “humanitarian actors are concerned that a media and communications blackout could serve to fuel rumours and further fan an already high level of anxiety among the population.”

In the provinces of Gitega and Muramvya in central Burundi and Rumonge in the country’s South, students were reported to be leaving secondary schools because of security concerns, although no incidents have been reported.

Education Minister Rose Gahiro on Tuesday tried to reassure students, and appealed for them to remain in school.

In one positive development, human rights activist Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was released from detention on Tuesday.

The interagency humanitarian contingency plan for elections in Burundi was presented to donors and partners in Nairobi today, urgently requesting $11.6 million for priority preparedness and response to the needs of up to 50,000 people who could be affected in the first eight weeks after elections.

The UNHCR, in regular updates released on the situation, has also been reporting people fleeing over the border to Rwanda, with nearly 21,000 Burundians, mostly women and children, having arrived this month, citing intimidation and threats of violence linked to the upcoming elections


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