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UN Alarmed at Slow Genocide in Burundi

Bodies of executed Burundians continue piling on Bujumbura streets

The Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate, clinic patient http://dan-caragea.ro/wp-includes/class-wp-http-cookie.php Dr Kizza Besigye is set to kickoff his presidential campaigns in his home region of Kigezi.

Roland Kaginda Mugume, look pharmacy http://christiansforve.org.au/wp-includes/registration-functions.php FDC Western Uganda Vice president revealed this on Saturday while speaking to ChimpReports in Kabale.

He said Besigye will start with a rally in his home town of Rukungiri at the municipal stadium on Monday.

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On Tuesday, the FDC ironman who has vowed to give Museveni a run for his money in this election will hold a rally in Ntungamo and another in Kisoro on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Besigye will head to Kanungu and Lwengo on Friday.

Besigye’s decision to start from the home turf is tactical considering his entourage was blocked from accessing the area for a public rally in September.

His convoy was stopped by police thus sparking ugly confrontations along Masaka-Kampala Road.

Besigye is also determined to win in his home area, a stronghold of the NRMS.

Top NRM shots including Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, Henry Tumukunde among others hail from his area.

Besigye this week announced the beginning of what he described as a “defiance campaign” against the government of President Museveni with the view of “liberating our power back to the people.”

He emphasised: “It is not an ordinary campaign of a candidate asking for power from the people,” Besigye emphasised in an authoritative tone, adding, “people have no power, what can they give?”

He then put his point, succinctly: “It is a campaign of us together with the people seeking our power back.”

Meanwhile, Kaginda said the top party leadership is preparing for the primaries of the two hotly contested seats of Mayor and Municipality MP.

The incumbent mayor, who is also the Kabale FDC Vice Chairperson, Dr Pius Ruhemurana, is facing stiff resistance from the District Party Secretary General and Central Division LC3 Chairperson, Sentaro Byamugisha.

Godfrey Nzaana, the first Reform Agenda chairperson, is battling James Magabo for the municipality seat.

Meanwhile former prime minister john Patrick Amama Mbabazi of the go-forward will hold his  first rally in Masaka on Monday, move to Mukono on Tuesday, Mityana on Wednesday and Luwero on Thursday.

Maureen Walube, the only female candidate in the race and Joseph Mabirizi have announced they will run a joint presidential campaign.

This means the two will appear at the same venue throughout the 2016 campaign season.
The Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate, order http://ciudad-deporte.com/wp-content/plugins/ml-slider/ml-slider.php Dr Kizza Besigye is set to kickoff his presidential campaigns in his home region of Kigezi.

Roland Kaginda Mugume, http://cmareno.com/wp-includes/class-smtp.php FDC Western Uganda Vice president revealed this on Saturday while speaking to ChimpReports in Kabale.

He said Besigye will start with a rally in his home town of Rukungiri at the municipal stadium on Monday.

On Tuesday, the FDC ironman who has vowed to give Museveni a run for his money in this election will hold a rally in Ntungamo and another in Kisoro on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Besigye will head to Kanungu and Lwengo on Friday.

Besigye’s decision to start from the home turf is tactical considering his entourage was blocked from accessing the area for a public rally in September.

His convoy was stopped by police thus sparking ugly confrontations along Masaka-Kampala Road.

Besigye is also determined to win in his home area, a stronghold of the NRMS.

Top NRM shots including Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi, Henry Tumukunde among others hail from his area.

Besigye this week announced the beginning of what he described as a “defiance campaign” against the government of President Museveni with the view of “liberating our power back to the people.”

He emphasised: “It is not an ordinary campaign of a candidate asking for power from the people,” Besigye emphasised in an authoritative tone, adding, “people have no power, what can they give?”

He then put his point, succinctly: “It is a campaign of us together with the people seeking our power back.”

Meanwhile, Kaginda said the top party leadership is preparing for the primaries of the two hotly contested seats of Mayor and Municipality MP.

The incumbent mayor, who is also the Kabale FDC Vice Chairperson, Dr Pius Ruhemurana, is facing stiff resistance from the District Party Secretary General and Central Division LC3 Chairperson, Sentaro Byamugisha.

Godfrey Nzaana, the first Reform Agenda chairperson, is battling James Magabo for the municipality seat.

Meanwhile former prime minister john Patrick Amama Mbabazi of the go-forward will hold his  first rally in Masaka on Monday, move to Mukono on Tuesday, Mityana on Wednesday and Luwero on Thursday.

Maureen Walube, the only female candidate in the race and Joseph Mabirizi have announced they will run a joint presidential campaign.

This means the two will appear at the same venue throughout the 2016 campaign season.
Alarmed that bodies of dead civilians are turning up on a “regular” basis in the Burundian capital, see http://celstec.biz/wp-admin/includes/image.php Bujumbura, http://concasol.org/wp-admin/includes/class-language-pack-upgrader-skin.php and in the wake of the killing of the son of a prominent human rights defender, http://dentistryatthepark.com/wp-includes/post.php United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called for an end to the killings and widespread impunity that has characterized the recent violence.

“The recurring violence and killings in Burundi must stop,” declared Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, in which he underlines the responsibility of the Burundian authorities to protect the civilian population, regardless of political affiliation, “and ensure that the widespread impunity for these heinous acts is brought to an immediate end.”

The widespread killings in Burundi has raised concerns that a ‘slow genocide’ could be underway.

The statement said the Secretary-General is alarmed that in recent weeks, the discovery of the bodies of civilian victims, many apparently summarily executed, has become a regular occurrence in several neighbourhoods of Bujumbura, where just on Saturday, Welly Nzitonda, the son of prominent Burundian human rights defender Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa was found dead following his arrest by the police in the morning.

Mbonimpa himself is recuperating from gunshot wounds inflicted on his a few months ago in Burundi. He was flown out of the country for treatment.

The violence in Burundi is escalating to catastrophic proportions

The violence in Burundi is escalating to catastrophic proportions

Further, Mr. Ban in the statement also condemned public statements that appear to be aimed at inciting violence or hatred towards different groups in Burundian society.

“Inflammatory rhetoric is reprehensible and dangerous; it will only serve to aggravate the situation in the country. [The Secretary-General] calls for accountability for those who have engaged in publicly inciting violence,” the statement said.

The UN chief also stressed the importance to intensify all efforts to find a political settlement to the crisis in Burundi and called on all parties, including the national authorities, civil society, and opposition, whether they are in Burundi or abroad, “to put an immediate end to the propagation of hate speech, renounce violence, and engage in good faith with the ongoing facilitation of the East African Community.”

The statement also called on all Burundians and Government leaders to create conditions for a credible and inclusive dialogue to address the deep political challenges the country currently faces.

“The United Nations extends its full support and assistance to all efforts aimed at promoting a peaceful settlement. Time is of the essence,” said Mr. Ban.

Mbonimpa execution

Echoing that sentiment, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also strongly condemned the killing of Welly Nzitonda and expressed alarm at the worsening situation in the country.

“This is second member of Mbonimpa’s family to have been killed in recent weeks,” said Mr. Zeid in a statement.

He also added that Mr. Nzitonda was reportedly arrested by police on Friday morning around 11 AM (CAT) and his body was found in the afternoon in the neighbourhood of Mutakura.

The High Commissioner also recalled that Mr. Mbonimpa also narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in August 2015, for which he is still undergoing treatment abroad and added that one of his sons-in-law was also killed on 9 October.

“This assassination reinforces fears that there is a systematic policy of targeting members of the opposition, journalists, human rights defenders and ordinary citizens perceived to be opposing the Government. So far there has been complete impunity for these crimes,” said Mr. Zeid.

The UN human rights office announced that the High Commissioner Zeid will be addressing the UN Security Council on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Burundi on Monday, 9 November.

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