26.5 C
Brisbane
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Burundi unveils cabinet dominated by hardliners

Must read

Burundi refugees disappeared, tortured in Tanzania: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday accused Tanzania’s police of gravely abusing at least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers since 2019...

Bobi Wine protests: Over 1,000 bullet casings collected in Kampala

More than 1,000 bullets casings were collected from various points in Kampala Metropolitan area alone and more than 50 bullets removed from...

Kenya reports 302 new COVID-19 cases, total tally jumps to 83,618

Kenya on Monday reported 302 new COVID-19 infections from tests conducted over the last 24 hours, taking its total number of confirmed...

Charity warns of famine in South Sudan

South Sudan is facing a potential risk of famine due to the effects of protracted conflict, flooding, and a poor economy, an...

New Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye has unveiled a slimmed-down cabinet of only 15 ministers, dominated by regime hardliners such as the head of the feared intelligence service.

The cabinet is headed by Prime Minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, Burundi's former police chief and security minister
The cabinet is headed by Prime Minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, Burundi’s former police chief and security minister

Ndayishimiye took office earlier this month after the sudden death of veteran leader Pierre Nkurunziza, and many had hoped for a new era after years of rights abuses, repression and violence.

However Ndayishimiye, an army general handpicked by the ruling party to succeed Nkurunziza, has placed some of the regime’s most controversial characters in his government, in the cabinet announced on Sunday.

Last week Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, former police chief and security minister, who is under US sanctions for his alleged role in political repression, was announced as prime minister.

He is accused of playing a key role during the 2015 political crisis when Nkurunziza’s third term bid sparked violence that left at least 1,200 dead and saw 400,000 flee the country.

According to an announcement on national television on Sunday evening, Gervais Ndirakobuca, head of the feared national intelligence services, was named interior minister.

Ndirakobuca, whose nickname “Ndakugarika” directly translates to “I will hang you dead and stiff” in the Kirundi language, was sanctioned in 2015 by the US for “silencing those opposed” to Nkurunziza’s third term bid.

He is also under sanctions from France and the European Union (EU).

Burundi’s ambassador to the United Nations, Albert Shingiro, was appointed foreign minister.

- Advertisement -

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest article

Burundi refugees disappeared, tortured in Tanzania: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday accused Tanzania’s police of gravely abusing at least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers since 2019...

Bobi Wine protests: Over 1,000 bullet casings collected in Kampala

More than 1,000 bullets casings were collected from various points in Kampala Metropolitan area alone and more than 50 bullets removed from...

Kenya reports 302 new COVID-19 cases, total tally jumps to 83,618

Kenya on Monday reported 302 new COVID-19 infections from tests conducted over the last 24 hours, taking its total number of confirmed...

Charity warns of famine in South Sudan

South Sudan is facing a potential risk of famine due to the effects of protracted conflict, flooding, and a poor economy, an...

Uganda/Kenya: Uganda Ends Kenya’s Under-20 Afcon Dream

Cecil Odongo - Rising Stars' dream of participating in the 2021 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations came to a sudden halt on...