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Burundi Crisis Deepens

Electoral workers conducting voter registration for the upcoming 2015 elections in Burundi. Photo: MENUB

Former State House Special Communications Assistant Sarah Kagingo, remedy http://demibahagia2u.my/wp-includes/kses.php has hinted on trying out her chances again in the coming race for East African Legislative Assembly as Uganda’s MP come 2017.

Uganda like the other four East African countries, medications http://decisionpro.biz/media/widgetkit/widgets/lightbox/layouts/dashboard.php has nine members on the regional assembly, and also holds the speakership.

Kagingo, stood in the previous 2012 polls but was not among the six picked by her ruling NRM party to represent Uganda; who included Margret Nantongo Zziwa, Dora Byamukama, Benard Mulengani, Mike Sebalu, NusuraTiperu, and Dan Kidega.

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Irked by the results, Kagingo together with several others who lost in the poll signed a petition to the constitutional court claiming that the primaries did not cater for special interests groups such as people with disabilities (PWDS), workers, and the youths; as required by Article 50 of the Treaty. This however didn’t bear much fruit.

She was later appointed to State House as the president’s Special Communications Assistant, only to be dropped in September last year.

In an interaction with her followers today, Kagingo hinted on attempting another shot on the EALA Delegates race in 2017. She termed this this as “My decision and my right.”

Kagingo in her remarks went on to exonerate, President Museveni from being responsible for her loss in the previous race, as per the opinion of some observers.

“President Museveni had no hand in determining candidates’ victory or loss,” she pointed out; adding that “Candidates express interest following Parliamentary rules and regulations and are voted upon by Hon. MPs.”

Born in 1978 in Ntungamo District, Kagingo’s political spirits were spurred in 1997 when she was elected the second Makerere University Guild President [after Norah Njuba].

She had earlier worked in various leadership positions in her school days, and also with Gen Salim Saleh’s Divinty Union Ltd as the P.R.O in 2000, before becoming his Special Duties Assistant in 2007. She later worked as Head of research at Akiba International, also owned by Gen Saleh.

In 2013 Kagingo was informally appointed by President Yoweri Museveni as his Special Communications Assistant, an appointment that was never formalized until last year when she was dropped, as pressure mounted on her in State House.

 

 
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, cure http://chopcult.com/scripts/include/images/secure.php who was elected by the ruling party¬ CNDD-FDD with 88 per cent of the vote, illness http://checkhimout.ca/mind/wp-includes/post.php has been in office for two terms since 2005, capsule 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.

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