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UN: Burundi Ruling Party Militia Slaughtering Opposition Members

51-year-old Gervais with his wife, four children and two nephews, who paddled across Lake Cahoha, in Northern Burundi, into Rwanda. Photo: ©UNICEF Burundi/Y. Nijimbere/2015

Kenya’s leading female rugby referee, viagra http://cosmopolitan.taconeras.net/wp-includes/plugin.php Peris Mukoko has been selected to take charge of the first leg of this year’s annual Women’s Elgon Cup clash between Kenya and Uganda at the RFUEA Grounds in Nairobi on Saturday 13th June 2015.

Mukoko, buy more about who is among the three female World Rugby certified educators Africa, will be assisted by Adelaide Nasambu and Irene Atieno.

The Kenya women’s team commonly known as the ‘Lionesses’ are the defending champions after beating Uganda’s Lady Cranes over two legs of 33-15 in Kampala and 39-10 in Nairobi to triumph 72-25 on aggregate in last year’s edition. The match will be played from 1:30pm local time just before the Men’s match.

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Coach Allan Musoke has already named his travelling squad for the Saturday’s  campaign who include the following;

Forwards: Nzigge Irene (Thunderbirds), Aketo Scovia (Gulu She Elephants), Mirembe Peace (Entebbe Sharks), Nalubwama Phiona (Thunderbirds), Atimango Charity (Thunderbirds),  Anena Claire (Black Panthers), Irankunda Fortunate (Entebbe Whales), Gizamba Hellen (Black Panthers), Oroma Emmanuella (Walukuba Titans), Kyalikunda Stella (Thunderbirds), Nakakande Prossy (Black Panthers), Nakanyike Mary (Thunderbirds), Wokorach Peace (Walukuba Titans)

Backs:

Mudoola Charlotte (Black Panthers), Kayonjo Harriet (Thunderbirds),Tino Matilda (Thunderbirds), Kayiyi Brenda (Black Panthers), Nakityo Asha (Thunderbirds), Nyiraguhirwa Hildah (Entebbe Sharks), Ayikoru Samiya (Thunderbirds), Babirye Rachael (Thunderbirds), Auma Grace (Walukuba Titans), Kyoita Mary (Thunderbirds)

Non travelling reserves;

Namapii Irene (Black Panthers), Azikuru Gilder (Walukuba Titans), Namatovu Zurah (Thunderbirds)
Deeply worried at the increasingly violent and threatening actions by a pro-government militia in Burundi, viagra buy http://daa.asn.au/wp-includes/embed-template.php the United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday urged the national authorities to take immediate and concrete measures to rein them in.

“Every day, mind http://dailyampersand.com/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/src/deprecated/tribe_events_day_template.php we receive 40 to 50 calls from frightened people all across the country pleading for protection or reporting abuses, http://ccrail.com/wp-content/themes/thesis/lib/functions/helpers.php ” High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein stated in a press release.

His office (OHCHR) has received accounts from 47 Burundian refugees who fled to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) about serious violations reportedly committed by the militia attached to the pro-government movement known as the Imbonerakure.

“If State authorities are indeed colluding with a violent lawless militia in this manner, they are gambling with the country’s future in the most reckless manner imaginable,” said the High Commissioner, warning that such violations “could tip an already extremely tense situation over the edge.”

“Now, more than ever, it is essential the Burundian authorities show their commitment to peace by  clearly disassociating themselves from  their violent supporters and ensuring accountability for any crime or human rights violations they may have committed,” he continued.

Burundi government denies having ties with Imbonerakure.

Reported to have taken place in Bujumbura, as well as in various provinces, the alleged violations include summary executions, abductions, torture, beatings, death threats and other forms of intimidation.

A 19-year-old refugee from Makamba province told OHCHR that his house was attacked and looted at night by Imbonerakure members and his father stabbed to death because he had refused to join the ruling party, the CNDD-FDD.

Another refugee said he was abducted on 15 April by four members of the militia who accused him of supporting an opposition party, the FNL.

He said he was taken to a building and tortured by the four men, who beat him with an iron rod. Wounds were still visible on his body at the time of the interview.

A female refugee from the same town said that she and her husband were also beaten up at night in their house by Imbonerakure elements, who asked why her husband was not taking part in the meetings organised by the ruling party, CNDD-FDD.

Her husband was subsequently abducted and has not been seen or heard from since.

Terror

Numerous refugees claimed that threats had been scrawled across the doors and walls of their own or other people’s houses, some being marked with a cross, apparently in order to identify people to be targeted or attacked, or as a means of sowing terror.

The U.S. government recently reiterated its position that the Government of Burundi should adhere to the tenets of the Arusha Agreement, to include the provisions on term limits and that President Pierre Nkurunziza must go.

The U.S. State Department said, “The Arusha Agreement, which was carefully negotiated and accepted by most parties and sectors of Burundian society, brought an end to years of tragic civil war and established the foundation for Burundi’s post-conflict recovery.”

It added: “President Nkurunziza’s decision to disregard the term limit provision of the Arusha Agreement has destabilized Burundi and the sub-region, triggered violence, and endangered Burundi’s economic well-being.”

Nkurunziza, who has since refused to step down after the expiry of his mandatory two terms, is accused of using suppressing dissent to maintain his hold onto power.

“These reports are truly chilling, particularly in a country with a history like Burundi’s,” the human rights chief said. “We have been receiving consistent testimonies indicating that Imbonerakure members operate under instructions from the ruling party and with the support of the national police and intelligence services, which provide them with weapons, vehicles and sometimes uniforms,” he added.

The High Commissioner also called on opposition leaders to rein in any violent elements that may be forming on their side.

“While so far there have been very few acts of violence committed by opposition elements, there are signs of increasingly coercive efforts to push people into actively supporting the opposition,” he noted.

“I urge opposition leaders to make a huge effort to ensure their supporters protest peacefully and do not resort to violence. The last thing Burundi needs after a decade of gradual and largely successful peace-building is to be catapulted back into civil war because of a small number of people’s ruthless determination to retain, or gain, power at any cost,” he stated.

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