United Nations has appealed for $11.6 million dollars to plan a response for the influx of people seeking refuge in neighbouring countries after civil unrest erupted in Burundi.
The violence that saw the military roll tanks on the streets to protect protesters came after the ruling party overwhelmingly elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on Saturday as its candidate for the 26 June presidential election.
President Nkurunziza, medicine http://delightstudio.co.rs/wp-content/plugins/ml-slider/inc/simple_html_dom.php who was elected by the ruling party¬ CNDD-FDD with 88 per cent of the vote, http://csrf.net/wp-includes/default-filters.php has been in office for two terms since 2005, and a broad array of actors has warned that an attempt to seek a third term is 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.
But Nkurunziza’s supporters say he has served only one term by adult suffrage, the first being by Parliament’s appointment.
On Monday, resistance against Nkurunziza’s third term bid entered a decisive stage with protesters engaging police in deadly street battles.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that public protests resumed today, with various media outlets reporting that five people had been killed since yesterday.
“There has been widespread intimidation and efforts to shut down media outlets, as well as intimidation and arrests of rights activists, notably Pierre Claver Mbonimpa,” OCHA said.
Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Rwanda reported that as of Sunday, 20,408 Burundians had sought refuge in Rwanda over the past two weeks.
UNHCR reports that together with the Government of Rwanda, they are working to relocate a total of 16,000 refugees from the two reception centres, Bugesera and Nyanza, to the new Mahama refugee camp by May.
The number of refugees being relocated on a daily basis to the new camp is increasing due to the sharply rising rate of new arrivals (almost 3,000 individuals arriving daily as of 25 April, up from an average of 500 daily arrivals between 16-21 April), overwhelming the two reception centres.
UNHCR, the Government and partners are planning for a continued high rate of influx.
Meanwhile, UNHCR in Uvira, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), reports that 4,000 Burundians have sought refuge in the DRC, while UNHCR in Tanzania – which has historically hosted hundreds of thousands of Burundian refugees – reports only 100 arrivals from Burundi thus far.
The newly re-established Burundi Humanitarian Country Team has endorsed a contingency plan for the upcoming elections, requesting $11.6 million to respond to the needs of up to 50,000 people most likely to be affected within the first eight weeks of violence due to elections.
In a worst case scenario, 350,000 people could be in need of humanitarian assistance within six months, added OCHA.
UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq was asked to comment on the issue during today’s noon briefing at Headquarters.
He said the world body is following eth situation very closely and is “deeply concerned about the violence over the weekend, including a number of deaths” following the announcement that the President would seek a third term.
“We urge a swift investigation in to the violence,” he said, adding that Said Djinnit, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, is in Bujumbura to convey the organization’s concerns and work with all parties on diffusing tensions.
Former FDC President Dr Kizza Besigye has described the fallen singer Harriet Kisakye as a “patriot” who used her music talent at a tender age to liberate Uganda.
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“The first time I met Kisakye was when she invited me to her album launch and since then our relationship became stronger after realizing that we had common goals, clinic ” he added.
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“It is surprising to see that in Uganda we export doctors to other countries yet when we Ugandans face health problems we are rushed to the same countries where our experts are employed,” charged Besigye.
He called for a massive overhaul of the health sector which he said is limping due to government’s negligence.
Andrew Benon Kibuuka, president of artists in Uganda, called upon musicians to emulate Kisakye in producing impactful music.
He urged artistes to develop a stronger bond with the view of helping each other in times of need.
The Chaplain for St Gyaviira Parish Rev Fr Antanansio Musajja praised the late Kisakye for the strong Christian faith she exhibited at her youthful age and thereby calling upon all youth to prioritise God in their works.
Kisakye’s burial ceremony was graced by a number of politicians and musicians.