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MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2019

MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2019
PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC Secretariat-General of the Government MEDIA RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2019 A Cabinet Meeting was held on Wednesday 27th November 2019 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Gaston Sindimwo, Vice-President of the Republic of Burundi. The following items have been analyzed: 1. Bill ratifying the grant agreement between the Republic of Burundi and the International Development Association on the financing of the project on early childhood and population control “Nkuriza” signed in Bujumbura on September 19, 2019, presented by the Minister of Public Health and the fight against AIDS. This project concerns early childhood and demographic control and it is funded for US $ 30 million. It reflects the Government’s willingness to tackle the problems of stunting and birth rates. The goal of the project is to expand coverage of community-based nutrition interventions for childbearing women and children under two, and to increase the use of family planning services. After exchange and debate, the project was adopted. 2. Bill to revise Law No. 1/012 of 30 May 2018 on the Code of Provision of Health Care and Services in Burundi, presented by the Minister of Public Health and the Fight against AIDS. Law No. 1/012 of May 30, 2018 on the Code of Supply of Health Care and Services in Burundi contains provisions related to the Drug and Food Regulatory Authority (ABREMA), which in principle provisions should be incorporated into the Code on Drug and Pharmacy Practice. But during the analysis of the Bill on medicine and the practice of pharmacy at the level of the National Assembly, it was found that the missions of ABREMA exceeded the missions of the Ministry of Public Health in its attributions because the project integrated the aspects related to the drug for veterinary use and phytosanitary products. It was in this context that the analysis of the Bill on medicine and the practice of the pharmacy had to be postponed and await the revision of the law n ° 1/012 of May 30, 2018, bearing the Code of the provision of health care and services in Burundi to expunge provisions related to veterinary medicine and phytosanitary products to speak only of Medicines for human use and food. The implementation of these two laws will then allow the establishment of ABREMA. Following the analysis of this project, the Council adopted it. 3. Dossier OBUHA: • Draft Internal Regulations of the Board of Directors of OBUHA • OBUHA Draft Company Regulations • Draft OBUHA...

COMMUNIQUE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF BURUNDI FOLLOWING THE AGGRESSION OF RWANDA AGAINST BURUNDI

COMMUNIQUE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF BURUNDI FOLLOWING THE AGGRESSION OF RWANDA AGAINST BURUNDI
PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC Secretariat-General of the Government COMMUNIQUE FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF BURUNDI FOLLOWING THE AGGRESSION OF RWANDA AGAINST BURUNDI I.For the nth time, the Government of the Republic of Burundi has recently been the victim of an armed attack by a neighboring country, Rwanda, on the night of 16 to 17 November 2019. Indeed, during that night, the Rwandan army led an attack on a military position of the Burundian Army located on Mount Twinyoni, precisely at MARURA in the Commune of MABAYI, Province of CIBITOKE. This attack adds to countless attacks from the same country and which were the subject of denunciation by regional and international bodies. As a reminder: 1. On September 1, 2015, the Government of the Republic of Burundi, by its letters No. 204.01 / 1220 / RE / 2015 and 204.01 / 1221 / RE / 2015, submitted to the President of the Regional Interministerial Committee of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and to the Executive Secretary of the ICGLR, reported the violation by Rwanda of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region and its Protocol on the Non- Aggression and Mutual Defense. 2. Following the attack led by Rwanda against Burundi on 10 July 2015 in Kabarore, and since the main perpetrators of the failed coup d’état of 13 May 2015 had entrenched themselves in Rwanda, the Government of Burundi has requested the ICGLR Secretariat to engage the Expanded Joint VerificationMechanism (EJVM) for the purpose of clarifying the facts, specifying where the combatants were trained, identifying the network of their recruitment, their trainers or instructors, those who equip them and the route of transport of their equipment, their supervisors and their objectives and report to the competent authorities. At the end of their mission in Burundi, the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM / ICGLR) concluded that Rwanda’s allegations against Burundi were unfounded. Unfortunately, Rwanda refused to allow the same investigations to be carried out on its territory to verify military training and armament of young Burundians taken hostage at the Mahama refugee camp. 3. In addition, the Government of the Republic of Burundi has lodged complaints with the Eastern African Community (EAC), African Union (AU) and United Nations ( UN) to denounce all these aggressions, provocations and violations by Rwanda of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region and its Protocol on Non-Aggression and Mutual Defense and other international texts governing peaceful cohesion between States. 4. Despite...

Press release on the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday 13 November 2019 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi

Press release on the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday 13 November 2019 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi
Press release on the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday 13 November 2019 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi   A Cabinet Meeting was held on Wednesday 13 November 2019 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi. The following items have been analyzed:   Draft decree establishing notary offices in Burundi, presented by the Minister of Justice, Civil Protection and Keeper of the Seals.   This draft decree is based on Act No. 1/004 of 9 July 1996 on the organization and functioning of the notary and the status of notaries and in Decree No. 100/12 of 28 September 1999 establishing notary offices. According to the provisions of this law, the appointment of notaries must be made according to the notary offices available within which they are called to operate and that the staff of these offices is subject to the evolution of the economic activities of the country. It is this last reason which justifies the difference of strength between the notary district of Bujumbura and those of the other provinces. The present draft decree will have the effect of modifying Decree No. 100/364 of 28 December 2006 establishing notary offices in the constituency of Bujumbura. Today, all the notaries who have been appointed in the jurisdiction of the High Court of Bujumbura are established in the Commune of Mukaza. As there is no longer a judicial court of a High Court called Bujumbura Mairie, it is necessary to insert a provision to comply with the new judicial map. After exchange and debate, the draft was adopted with some corrections.     Draft Ministerial Order setting the spending ceilings for the second quarter of 2019/2020, presented by the Minister of Finance, Budget and Economic Development Cooperation.   The Government of Burundi has undertaken reforms in the management of public finance that stem from the December 2008 Law on public finance. These reforms mainly concern the preparation and execution of the State Budget, public accounting, as well as the control of the use of the State Budget. As part of the implementation of the law of December 2008, the budget law of 2019/2020 provides for the development of ceilings for quarterly commitments of expenditure that must be validated by the Council of Ministers. These commitment ceilings, which are in line with the State’s treasury plan, concern all expenditures except those that are mandatory and incompressible, that is, wage and debt expenses. This is the purpose...

PRESS RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 30 October 2019

PRESS RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 30 October 2019
PRESS RELEASE CONSECUTIVE TO THE CABINET MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 30 October 2019   A Cabinet Meeting was held on Wednesday 30 October 2019 under the chairmanship of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi. The following items have been analyzed:   Bill amending Law No. 1/20 of 09 December 2004 on the status of the Head of State upon the of end tenure, presented by the Minister of Justice, Civil Protection and Keeper of the Seals.   The Head of State is an important personality for the country. During the performance of his duties and even at the end of tenure, he deserves to be treated with dignity. However, the legitimacy of a Head of State depends on how he came to power. A President who has come to power by a coup d’état or a simple consensus of a group of politicians does not have the same consideration as a democratically elected President. The law in force in relation to the Statute of the Head of State at the end of his term of office did not make any distinction as to the treatment of former Heads of State in relation to the manner in which they acceded to power. The present project comes to make this distinction. It also complies with the Constitution by providing benefits that replace the privilege of automatically integrating the Senate that is no longer in the Constitution. After exchange and debate, the Bill was endorsed with some alterations.   Draft Joint Ministerial Order No. 550/540 granting a performance bonus to the Government’s Legal Advisers and Solicitors, presented by the Minister of Justice, Civil Protection and Keeper of the Seals.   Ministerial Order No. 550/540/381 of 29 March 2007 granting a performance bonus to the Government’s Legal Advisers derives from Decree No. 100/365 of 28 December 2006 regulating the defense of the interests of the State and the Communes. However, the latter has been replaced by Decree No. 100/013 of 09 February 2018 currently in force. It is therefore imperative to adapt this order to this new decree. Moreover, since the new regulation of the defense of the interests of the State, the team of the Lawyers of the State is of mixed composition because it includes the category of magistrates on secondment with a statutory salary plus a Government-issued bonus, as well as the category of Contractual Lawyers recruited by the Burundian Revenue Authority receiving salary and other benefits from the OBR and who are better treated. It...

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI FOLLOWING COMMENTS MADE BY AMBASSADOR SMAIL CHERGUI, COMMISSIONER FOR PEACE AND SECURITY OF THE AFRICAN UNION, ON 14 JUNE 2019 BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL

STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI FOLLOWING COMMENTS MADE BY AMBASSADOR SMAIL CHERGUI, COMMISSIONER FOR PEACE AND SECURITY OF THE AFRICAN UNION, ON 14 JUNE 2019 BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL
PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC Secretariat-General of the Government   STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI FOLLOWING COMMENTS MADE BY AMBASSADOR SMAIL CHERGUI, COMMISSIONER FOR PEACE AND SECURITY OF THE AFRICAN UNION, ON 14 JUNE 2019 BEFORE THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL   The Government of the Republic of Burundi has learned with dismay of the anachronistic comments made by Ambassador Smaïl CHERGUI, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, on Friday, 14 June 2019, before the UN Security Council, affirming inter alia that “there are no other alternatives, the inter-Burundian inclusive dialogue must resume as soon as possible because it is without doubt the only way to promote and strengthen national cohesion, thus enabling the restoration of peace, lasting security and reconciliation in this country “. Such claims, simply false, vicious and tendentious, have no other goal than to pursue and complete, if it is still possible, the coup d’état, aborted in 2015.   Internally, as is well known, in the aftermath of the 2015 elections, a National Commission for Inter-Burundian Dialogue was set up. This Commission has toured the whole country and met several Burundians from different professional and socio-political backgrounds to which the Burundians of the Diaspora have been associated. Several recommendations from Burundians inside and outside were collected and incorporated into the Constitution, which was voted on by referendum in 2018. At the external level, a process of inter-Burundian dialogue under the facilitation of the East African Community (ECA), to which Burundi belongs, has been conducted to the end, as evidenced by the conclusions of the EAC Summit of Heads of State and Government of 1 February 2019.   If it is not only another unfortunate attempt to destabilize Burundi on the eve of the 2020 elections, as the same actors did in 2015, what other dialogue process is he talking about? At a time when the people of Burundi are preparing themselves for the of 2020 elections and now the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) has just made public the electoral calendar of 2020, the statement by CHERGUI at the United Nations constitute nothing less than additional dilatory and diversionary maneuvers to torpedo the 2020 electoral rendezvous.   The Government of the Republic of Burundi wishes to inform the national and international opinion that Ambassador CHERGUI is unfortunately not at his first attempt as far as conspiracy against Burundi is concerned. As a matter of evidence, and as a reminder, without being exhaustive, it should be noted that it is...

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