Anti – Nkurunziza Protests Rock Bujumbura

Pierre Nkurunziza is enroute to Bujumbura

The Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura has noted that there is need for regional police to put in place a mechanism for monitoring former terror convicts and developing a watch list for
suspected criminals.

Kayihura made the remarks on Friday evening during the East African solidarity meeting on counter terrorism held at Serena hotel in Kampala.
“The watch list used in other parts of the world and has been successful .We can revive it here because as the world operates as a global village, tadalafil organized criminals and terrorists also  operate  from border to border, pilule ” the police chief said.

According to Gen. Kayihura most of those involved in crimes and other terror related acts are repeat offenders whom he stressed need to always be monitored on release from prison.
“Monitoring convicts who have served their sentences   and come back to the community because most offences are committed by repeat offenders. In Busoga, most of those arrested in connection with the murders and other acts of terrorism had been in prison for various offences and later set free.”
A few weeks ago, the Uganda police swung into action and arrested Jamal Kiyemba a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay prison in connection with terrorism and murder of former Senior State prosecutor Joan Kagezi who was  shot while going back home on the evening of March 30 at Kiwatule, East of the capital Kampala.

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Kagezi was the lead prosecutor in charge of the case in which 13 suspected Somalia based Al Shabaab militant group members  are charged for masterminding the  July 2010 Lugogo bombings that led to death of more than 70 people.

Kayihura added, “A good example are the former ADF and other rebels who have since benefitted from amnesty, there is need to always be monitored. Its a gap we should fill as a region if we are to fight terrorism and other organized crimes.”

The meeting for East African countries saw police chiefs from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania resolve to enhance cooperation in intelligence sharing, investigation and managing organized crimes and terrorism.

The East African police chiefs also agreed to review lessons learnt in the fight against terrorism by considering the link between terrorism and other organized crimes with a view of developing both proactive and reactive measures.

On 2 April 2015, suspected Al Shabaab gunmen stormed the Garissa University College in North-eastern Kenya killing more than 140 students and leaving scores injured.
Burundi police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters opposed to President Pierre Nkurunziza running for a third term in the upcoming elections, pilule while some protesters responded with stones, in the capital Bujumbura on Friday.

Xinhua news reports that hundreds of people, including the dissidents of the ruling party, attended a demonstration launched by five opposition groups in the downtown area in the morning, shouting “no third term to Nkurunziza.”

Anti-riot police asked them to leave, but were refused. Angry protesters had clashes with the police and some were allegedly arrested.

“This is just the beginning. We will continue demonstrations until President Nkurunziza gives up his plans for a third term,” said Chauvineau Mugwengezo, head of an opposition group, alleging “the police beat him during the demonstration.”

Burundi’s Roman Catholic Church, the opposition parties and some civil organizations have announced their opposition against Nkurunziza’s third term, although he has not stated his intentions.

The opponents say the move will violate the Arusha Agreement and Burundi’s Constitution, and may bring violence to the East African nation.

The constitution stipulates that a president of Burundi cannot serve the country for more than two terms. Nkurunziza was elected by parliament in 2005 and re-elected by citizens in 2010.

Burundi is this year to hold general elections between May 26 and August 24, with the presidential election to be held on June 26.

Meanwhile the United Nations is reporting that number of Burundians seeking refuge in neighboring countries, over the past weeks.

Briefing reporters in Geneva, Adrian Edwards warned that more than 8,000 Burundians had sought refuge in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past 14 days amid intensifying harassment and reported disappearances of people associated with the political opposition.

Earlier this week, during his visit to Burundi, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein confirmed that recent events in the country were of great concern.

He urged politicians and activists to ensure that the country’s political debate does not transform into incitement or violence, and urged those competing in the election to do so fairly and graciously.



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