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Gunmen attack military camps in Burundi capital

At least 12 gunmen have died in battle with Burundi security forces following assaults on two military bases on Friday, in the worst fighting since the failed coup in May, an army spokesman said. “21 armed young men have also been arrested after attacking the two army bases in Bujumbura in efforts to loot weapons in order to liberate Mpimba prisoners,” said Col Gaspard Baratuza.

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Why Burundi needs a sex scandal to be noticed

If you were in Nairobi, Kampala, Dar-es-Salaam and I suspect Kigali by the afternoon of Friday, June 14, you would have read the details of the budgets of all the East African Community countries except one — Burundi.

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Burundi: selling off land to pay off debt

Faced with family expenses, farmers in the North of Burundi often resort to taking out credit at interest rates they are unable to pay off. To the great despair of their children they are forced to sell their fields and fall into deep poverty.

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Boycott cedes power to Burundi’s ruling party

BUJUMBURA – The coalition of 11 major opposition parties which boycotted July 23 national assembly elections also boycott today elections to the senate. The Alliance of Democrats for Change, as the coalition is known, claims that two previous polls – to elect Burundi’s district administrators and the president – were characterised by “massive fraud”.

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July 11 bomb attacks: a new era of terror in Uganda

It was supposed to be a perfect night, at least that’s what I called it for that moment. Spain winning in the extra time with enough Spanish people to bring down the place in celebration. The venue was Soweto, South Africa where I was watching the World Cup final with friends from the Man Up campaign.

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Uganda: Somali militants claim bomb attacks

The death toll following Sunday night’s bomb explosions that ripped through a city restaurant and sports club climbed to 74 yesterday, as reports trickled in that the Somali Islamist militia group, al Shabaab had claimed responsibility for the attacks and now threats Burundi.

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