Farouk Miya Expected Back as Cranes Resume Training

Cranes in training

Heavy gunfire and grenade explosions rocked Burundi on Saturday and Sunday night as the country goes to the local polls on Monday.

Chimp Corp Claver Ndushabandi reports that at 10:00pm on Sunday, dosage about it grenade blasts were reported in Cankuzo, Eastern province.

He reports that military and police personnel have been deployed at strategic areas in  Bujumbura.

“The streets are empty. People have decided to shun the voting exercise. There were heavy gunfire and explosions in Musaga, Kanyosha and Buyenzi. But the loudest blasts were in Cibitoke, the centre of resistance against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bid.”

The local and legislative elections are taking place today despite calls for the postponement of the election by the United Nations.

Reiterating his appeal to all Burundian political leaders to consider the wider interest of the people of their country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday night expressed concerns about the Government’s insistence on going ahead with elections on 29 June despite the prevailing political and security environment in the country.

“The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasizes the responsibility of the Government of Burundi to ensure that elections take place in a secure environment and also to guarantee the safety and security of UN observers so that they can perform their mandated responsibilities free from intimidation or harassment,” according to a statement by the UN Spokesperson.

The Security Council, including through its resolution 2137 (2014), has mandated the UN Observer Mission in Burundi (MENUB) to observe the elections, while the International Facilitation Team “has been working hard” in Bujumbura to assist the Burundian parties to reach a consensus on the way forward for holding “free, fair inclusive and peaceful elections.”

“The Secretary-General deplores the intransigence of the parties that caused those important efforts to be inconclusive,” the statement adds.

He reiterated his appeal to all Burundian political leaders to consider the “wider interest” of the people of their country and to resolve political issues through dialogue “in order to preserve peace and strengthen national reconciliation.”

Condemning recent attacks reported in the country, Mr. Ban in the statement also appealed to all Burundians to refrain from violent acts, in line with the Charter of Non-Violence agreed by all parties.


“MENUB will continue to work in a professional and impartial manner, in accordance with national laws applicable to electoral matters and international instruments, principles and rules of election observation,” adds the statement.

Burundi’s political turmoil started in early April when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would stand for a third term, a decision denounced as unconstitutional by the opposition.

Warning that the governing party and its youth militia use violence to limit freedom of speech and hate speech to obtain certain electoral outcome, Pablo de Greiff, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence stressed the utmost importance to disarm those youth militias.

“Voters must be free to support or to oppose any political party…without undue influence or coercion of any kind which may distort or inhibit the free expression of the elector’s will,” Mr. de Greiff underscored.

Today’s statement closely follows a similar expression of concern issued this past Friday, 2 June, when the Secretary-General encouraged the country’s authorities to consider the postponing of the elections.

The presidential election is due July 15.
2016 Chan qualifiers
Saturday 4th July 2015
Uganda vs Tanzania
Venue: Nakivuubo Stadium.

Uganda Cranes local based and Kobs players enjoyed a day off training on Sunday and are expected back on duty starting Monday 29th.

“The players were given a day to rest today (Sunday) but will resume training tomorrow (Monday) at Vienna college.

The training starts at 4pm in the evening, patient ” Cranes media officer in-charge of the Tanzania game, price Mr. Joseph Mutaka told Chimpsports.

The squad is a mixture of the under 23 team preparing for Egypt duel and the Chan team that will clash with Taifa Stars of Tanzania next week.

Kobs skipper and one of the first leg scorers in Zanzibar, viagra 100mg Farouk Miya, is expected to return to non-residential training together with Muzamiru Mutyaba both of whom were given a break to rest by coach Micho.

“Miya (Farouk) and Muzamiru Mutyaba were supposed to begin training today but will commence tomorrow (Monday) since the whole team was allowed time out,” Mutaka added.

Cranes players training;

Goalkeepers: James Alitho, Brian Bwete, Mathias Kigonya

Defenders: Deus Bukenya, Brian Ochwo, Silvester Okello, Hassan Wasswa, Shafik Bakaki, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Richard Jjuko Kasagga, Julius Ntambi

Midfielders: Derrick Tekkwo, Yasser Mugerwa, Kizito Keziron, Erisa Sekisambu, Martin Kizza

Strikers: Yunus Sentamu, John Semazi, Robert Sentongo, Frank Kalanda, Alex Kitata Bukenya, Fahad Mohamed Tokko


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