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Rebels Attack Burundi

Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura on 9th July recruited 3433 crime preventers in 17 sub counties of Mbarara district at a function heid at Mbarara University of Science and Technology play ground.

Kayihura advised the crime preventers who had completed their 6 months training to always have an operation fund and secure themselves against the economic challenges on the sub county level.

The Permanent secretary Ministry of Gender Pius Bigirimana, drugs http://cocomoonthesea.com/wp-includes/simplepie/credit.php who  also attended the function tasked the crime preventers to reduce old time criminals and enforce laws to maintain criminal justice in the country.

PS Ministry of Gender Pius Bigirimana [R] and Police boss Kayihura inspect the parades
PS Ministry of Gender Pius Bigirimana [R] and Police boss Kayihura inspect the parades
He advised them to be trustworthy. “Because you are trained officers, what is ed http://clevelandheartlab.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-update-post-endpoint.php If any of you commits a crime you should be punished more than the ordinary person who might not be aware of the law,” he added.

Bigirimana further asked the youth to work hard and have confidence. “Look at things in a very positive and successful manner, be innovative and creative,” he advised.

Also in attendance was Archbishop Paul Bakyenga
Also in attendance was Archbishop Paul Bakyenga

MP Medard Bitekyerezo at the same function revealed his support towards the passing of tobacco control bill and urged the government to provide a vehicle which will ease transportation of the crime preventers.

“Am ready to provide Ug shs 1 million to meet the fuel costs of the vehicle in my district every month,” he said.

RDC Nickson Kabuye also told the crime preventer’s to provide top security to the public especially during upcoming election campaigns.
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has ordered the country’s army to increase its level of preparedness after a group of over 300 suspected rebels took over two hills, try http://chopcult.com/troyfab/include/images/secure.php an incursion that has raised fears the troubled nation could soon slip back into a civil war.

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Wearing military uniform, http://chuaxuattinhsom.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/contact-form/admin.php the militants on Friday stormed Kayanza province before exchanging fire with government soldiers.

Kayanza Provincial Governor Canisius Ndayimanisha told press that the gunmen raided Rugazi Zone in Kibira forest near the Rwanda border.

One of the attackers was captured by Burundi forces and several others sustained injuries.

This is the second attack in a year following President Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office.

On May 13, http://coparmex.org.mx/wp-admin/includes/class-pclzip.php Nkurunziza survived a coup as he attended a regional leaders’ meeting in Tanzania on the crisis in Burundi.

Observers say as the country edges closer to presidential elections, violence is likely to escalate.

United States issued a statement on Saturday, saying Washington was “deeply concerned by reports that fighting has broken out in several areas of Burundi and by recently broadcast remarks by Burundians threatening to use force against the Government of Burundi.”

Dissident Burundian Generals early this week declared war on Burundi, saying Nkurunziza has refused to listen to the concerns of his people, regional leaders and international community.

U.S. today urged all parties in Burundi to commit themselves to constructive dialogue to resolve peacefully the political impasse that threatens to unravel the peace and stability ushered in by the implementation of the Arusha Agreement over a decade ago.

“The United States condemns violence as a means to attain political goals, and opposes any attempt to seize power through extra-constitutional means. We strongly oppose any armed activity or incursions into Burundi and will seek to hold accountable those responsible for gross human rights abuses.”

Tense situation

Meanwhile, one day after United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein alerted the Security Council about the seriousness of the electoral crisis in Burundi, his Office Friday issued a new warning about the impact the “extremely tense situation” there could have on the stability and the development of Central Africa.

Indeed, more than 145,000 people have already fled to neighboring countries less than a week before the presidential election, set for July 15, and ten days after parliamentary and local elections, which took place in an atmosphere far from conducive to a free, fair and inclusive vote, explained the Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Rupert Colville, during a press conference in Geneva.

“Polls were boycotted by opposition parties, with outbreaks of violence, including small-arms and grenade attacks,” he stressed.

Over the past two months, UNHCR office in Burundi said it had documented over 300 cases of arbitrary arrest and detention of demonstrators, human rights defenders, political opponents and journalists. Numerous cases of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in detention were also reported.

“A severe crackdown on independent media has led to the closure of most private media and radio stations. Large numbers of journalists and human rights defenders have fled Burundi for fear of reprisals. Peaceful protests have been met with unwarranted use of force, including lethal force, in violation of Burundi’s obligation under national and international law to guarantee the right to freedom of assembly,” Mr. Colville continued.

Recently, key members of the Pierre Nkurunziza’s own political party and government have fled the country, the Spokesperson added.

“Our field office has also documented dozens of killings, most of them shootings of demonstrators and human rights defenders by members of the Imbonerakure militia and security forces,” he said, urging the authorities to disarm this militia without delay.

Refugees interviewed by UN staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Tanzania continue to refer to the Imbonerakure as the main threat, but some have also stated that militants from other groups are also employing violence – a new and disturbing development.

“Media interviews carried out in the past couple of days, with leaders of the attempted coup in May, who talk openly of organizing military units and of resorting to the use of force, are alarming. We call on all sides to make serious and urgent efforts to find a peaceful solution to this crisis before it leads to uncontrollable violence,” concluded Mr. Colville.

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