Basketball: Ballers Paradise camp: were businessmen also invited?

Thanks to the partnership with Ballers Paradise, an American charity working in the detection of talents, 15 young Burundian basketball players will leave from June 2 to 8 for the United States for a training camp. Lovers of the orange ball deplore that the president of Febabu has given pride of place to businessmen.

“Why so many businessmen for a training camp? », « Is it really a question of promoting young Burundian basketball players or the promotion of a handful of businessmen devoted to his cause? Since the official announcement of the list of staff members who will be on the trip, in the world of the orange ball, questions and indignation have been coming from everywhere  . “Another proof that the current president of the Basketball Federation of Burundi (Febabu) is only driven by mercantile aims rather than the development of basketball” , argue some Internet users.

Very critical, some club supporters interviewed do not understand why there is no member of the commission in charge of youth development within Febabu. “Since it is a question of acquiring new knowledge and sharing experience, the least we could do was to give a chance to a technician who is part of this commission which conducted the selections” . Indeed, of the eight staff members who will be on the trip, no technician.

For Franck, former player and staff of a club in the Association of Clubs, this reflects the propensity of the president of Febabu to listen only to his voice. Some members of the executive bureau of Febabu confirm that they were not consulted to give their agreement as to the members of the delegation who will be on the trip. Fernand, a former player, to ask himself: “What will happen when the association that invited him discovers that their partner is no longer a showcase for young players, but rather for businessmen? » For him, the authorized authorities must be aware that such practices risk damaging the image of Burundi.

Contacted, Aimé Bitagoye, coach of the Remesha club and member of the commission in charge of youth development, said he was surprised by the fact that there was no member of their commission. But, in no way, “this does not disarm our desire to contribute to the rebirth of Burundian basketball by training young talents”.

11 million BIF to be part of the trip

Although to be taken care of by Ballers Paradise, once in the USA, each young person selected must pay a sum of 11 million BIF to be on the trip. An amount deemed astronomical by some voices who deplore certain delaying maneuvers by Febabu to extract money from parents.

“False!” retorts Lionel Banyiyezako, his spokesperson. He specifies that this sum was fixed after consultation with the parents’ committee. According to him, unlike the gossip that constantly demonize the president of Febabu, everything is written black on white, the headings in which these 11 million will be used. In addition to the plane ticket, this money will cover travel insurance, camp registration fees, etc. However, one of the parents interviewed confides that the amount is enormous for a trip where accommodation and subsistence are taken care of. “As we had been told that whoever is unable to pay this amount, although selected, will be excluded from the list, we had no choice but to accept, especially since it is the future of the children that is at stake”.

Businessmen instead of coaches

As for the allegations of some accusing Jean-Paul Manirakiza, president of Febabu, of having a bias for certain businessmen, Mr. Banyiyezako denounces a false campaign: “Whether they like it or not, the renaissance is underway and the results are already palpable. People may wonder why no technician was selected to be part of the trip. But these are not matches that our young players will deliver. It’s a training camp with seasoned tacticians. The objective is to see if our players have the necessary prerequisites to evolve in their championships”, before continuing: “As for the choice of staff members who will be on the trip, only one deal won. The people on the list are managers in certain clubs before being businessmen. From near or far in their activities, they considerably support Febabu”.

The spokesperson indicates that the objective is to allow them to make new contacts, to draw inspiration from the experience of American investors to raise the level of Burundian basketball, as they are doing today.  “The partnership with Ballers Paradise will last 5 years. During this period, in addition to other partnerships in sight, we hope to send as many technicians as possible abroad to strengthen their capacities ,” he concluded. We contacted Ballers Paradise officials, to no avail.

Supposed to leave on May 31, at the time of going to press, the United States Embassy in Burundi has not yet granted a visa to the said delegation.

Ballers Paradise, who are they?

Ballers Paradise, a Christian initiative, is produced and presented by Ballers Paradise LLC, an elite network of the most accredited basketball organizations in the capital area of ​​Albany, New York, and beyond.

Among its objectives: to promote the detection of talented young basketball players all over the world, especially in Africa. It is in this context that the association has established a partnership with Febabu, which will last 5 years. Each year, it is expected that 15 young Burundian basketball players whose age is between 10-18 years old, leave to train in the United States of America. If so, if any of them catch the eye of recruiters, Ballers Paradise can connect them to top basketball organizations, schools, and institutions that can help them advance in their career and dreams. professional basketball player.

Source: IWACU Burundi

“Plogging”: young people mobilize to clean up the city of Bujumbura

“We walk, we observe, we collect” . This is the slogan of a hundred young city dwellers who gathered in the city center, this Saturday, June 4, to then walk in the streets of Bujumbura picking up waste and plastic.

These are scouts, guides, members of various associations or other young people concerned about the protection of the environment who responded to this mobilization via social networks.

With gloves and a large black plastic bag, each young person, in sportswear, walks observing around him to pick up the waste. From Independence Square (in town), to the Ruvumera and Buyenzi districts, … they walked about 10 km through the districts of the Mukaza commune, picking up everything they find as waste or plastic. . These residues are then deposited in a truck which gently follows these walkers.

This eco-sports activity called “Plogging” (Swedish term that describes a combination of jogging and waste collection) is the initiative of a walking sports group “Babandi”, made up of 15 young people.

According to the person in charge of this initiating movement, Jimmy Elvis Vyizigiro, this sports group wanted to combine business with pleasure. “Playing sports while doing something that can benefit society, the country. »

This collected waste and plastics will be given free of charge to companies that recycle. “To not only protect the environment or make our city clean, but also to give a second life to this waste. »

The administrator of Mukaza commune, Rénovat Sindayihebura who joined this activity, welcomes this initiative of young people which supports the policy of the town hall to make the city clean. “It’s proof that young people are sensitive to the protection of the environment. Its very important. »

This activity comes on the eve of World Environment Day celebrated on June 5. The initiating group wants the action to take place at least twice a month.

Source: IWACU Burundi

The Head of State led a moralization session on patriotic awakening to natives, elected officials and administrative, political and religious leaders of Makamba

This Friday, June 3, 2022, the President of the Republic His Excellency Evariste Ndayishimiye brought together the natives, elected officials and administrative, political and religious leaders of Makamba Province in a session of moralization on good governance and patriotic awakening, a session which is part of a campaign initiated by the Father of the Nation himself, with the aim of encouraging all Burundian citizens to a national renaissance.

In her welcome address, the Governor of Makamba Françoise Ngózirāzana indicated that security reigns throughout the province and welcomes the close collaboration between various provincial services and the population. In the development sector, he is delighted with the step taken in the realization of various provincial projects, in particular that of the construction of the Provincial Office of Makamba, an infrastructure in floor of six levels whose works reach a rate of 80%.

Speaking, the Burundian Number One insisted on the socio-economic development of the country and is delighted with the change in behavior and mentality that is currently observed in Burundian society where all citizens are mobilized to develop their country.

His Excellency Evariste Ndayishimiye invites all Burundian citizens to show love by cutting short any form of division, to be artisans of fraternity and national cohesion in order to develop their homeland which is full of great economic potential.

At a time when Burundi’s economy is suffering from the underexploitation of its natural resources, President Ndayishimiye calls on all citizens to denounce and actively fight corruption and all forms of economic embezzlement. He recalls that unity and social cohesion are prerequisites for the socio-economic development of Burundi. As such, he urges the people of Makamba to get rid of old mentalities that have been at the origin of ethnic divisions.

In the 2nd part of the session devoted to the collection of grievances, the population of Makamba was able to submit to the Father of the Nation their concerns in various fields, especially that of justice where they are indignant at the behavior of certain magistrates whom they consider corrupt. . In relation to these imperfections, President Ndayishimiye reiterates his commitment to reform the Burundian justice sector from the bottom up and to punish the recalcitrant without mercy.

However, in relation to legal proceedings, he reminds the population that they must first go through all the authorized bodies before seizing the summit, that of the Superior Council of the Judiciary which intervenes as a last resort.

Before closing the session, the President of the Republic His Excellency Evariste Ndayishimiye invited Burundian citizens to live unity and cohesion in order to be able to develop their country. He calls on the population of Makamba to get down to work to increase production in order to sell their products even outside their province.

Source: Ntare Rushatsi House

Murder of Eugénie Ntakarutimana: 6 alleged perpetrators presented to the press

The police presented to the media, this Thursday, June 2 in the premises of the National Intelligence Service (SNR), 6 alleged criminals. They are accused of having ordered, executed or participated in the assassination, on December 29, 2021 at the Porta Sion hotel in Mutanga-nord in the town hall of Bujumbura, of Eugénie Ntakarutimana, a lady of Burundian origin naturalized Belgian.

In front of the cameras, two alleged material perpetrators of the murder, Albert Nshimirimana and Fidel Ngendakumana, recounted how they set about killing and stealing the money from Eugénie Ntakarutimana on vacation in Burundi.

“A certain Dieudonné contacted me saying he had a job for me. He took me to the Porta Sion hotel and showed me the lady ,” says Albert Nshimirimana. According to him, he then recruited Fidel Ngendakumana.

“The day of the crime, one entered the lady’s room and the other was watching the target. We stole money and killed him. However, Albert Nshimirimana was not sure of the sum stolen: “ It was 400 euros and 200 dollars. No Burundian franc”.

And Pierre Nkurikiye, spokesperson for the Ministry in charge of Public Security will then ask Fidel to give more details: “There were 500,000 BIF, 5 100 euro notes, 17 50 euro notes and 12 20 euro notes. We also stole his passport which we burned afterwards”.

How did you kill him? “We didn’t kill him as such. She struggled and during the fight she fell and her head hit the cement. We took the money. We tied her up and gagged her so she can’t scream when she regains consciousness. We locked the room and left.

The thread of the story according to the police

According to Pierre Nkurikiye, door-keeper of the Ministry of Public Security, the victim arrived in Burundi on December 12, 2021 and took a room at Porta Sion for a month. “The sponsor of the murder is a certain Emmanuel Girukwishaka alias Jado. The latter took a room on December 13. He had a girlfriend who worked at the reception of this hotel. She showed him around the whole hotel and showed him the identities of the people who were staying in that hotel. This allowed the sponsor to plan the crime well”.

Initially, according to Mr. Nkurikiye, the alleged sponsor recruited 2 people. He gave them 50,000 BIF to commit the crime but they withdrew. One is among the 6 people arrested, another is on the run.

The doorman of the Ministry of Public Security indicates that Jado still looked for two other people including Albert Nshimirimana. “The shot missed because the target had returned very early than expected. Finally, Albert recruited Fidel. They have known each other since childhood. They were able to enter the lady’s room thanks to a key that Jado had given them.

According to the police, one of the alleged executors hid in the shower of the room and the other followed the movements of the victim. “When the watchman saw that the lady was taking leave of her friends, he too rushed to the victim’s room. When the latter entered the room, they threw themselves on her. After their package around 10 p.m., they locked the room. They gave the key to the watchman with a sum of 20,000 BIF and they vanished”.

Pierre Nkurikiye informs that these material perpetrators stole a sum of 1590€ and 500 thousand BIF as well as the victim’s passport which they burned afterwards.

According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security, 6 people were arrested in January and imprisoned in Mpimba prison. “After investigations, we discovered that only two people actually played a role in this crime. They are the receptionist and the watchman. The other 4 are not involved according to our investigations. We believe that justice will take this into account and release them”.

Pierre Nkurikiye wanted to congratulate the investigators. “Some had thought that they could even invite foreign investigators to investigate this crime”.

According to SN, a jurist, article 40 of the Constitution provides that everyone is presumed innocent until their guilt is established by a judgment that has become final. “Publicity can only be an additional penalty pronounced by a court which impartially analyzes the evidence presented by the prosecution. »

For him, it is not appropriate for the police to present people as convicts when they are still innocent under the law. “This approach influences the judges who can no longer analyze the case independently. Moreover, this advertisement seems to want to throw dust in the eyes of public opinion by making believe that impunity is being fought when this is not the case.

Source: IWACU Burundi

Draft General Budget 2022/2023: the overall deficit amounts to more than 197 billion BIF

According to the Council of Ministers of June 1, 2022, the draft State budget for the 2022/2023 financial year is transitional with results-based budgeting where budget allocations are made on the basis of well-planned projects/programs/activities to be able to fully migrate to “program mode” budgeting from the 2023/2024 fiscal year.

The bill fixing the general budget of the State, Fiscal year 2022/2023 adopted by the Council of Ministers on June 1, 2022 specifies that overall revenue will increase from 1,562.06 billion BIF in 2021/2022 to 2,193, 6 billion BIF in 2022/2023, an increase of 40.4%.

As for expenses, they go from 1,713.8 billion BIF in the State budget, Fiscal Year 2021/2022 to 2,391.08 billion BIF in the draft State budget for Fiscal Year 2022/2023 , an increase of 39.5%. The overall deficit of the 2022/2023 General Budget project amounts to BIF 197.4 billion against BIF 151.8 billion (2.02%) in 2021/2022, an increase of 2.38%.

“The 2022/2023 finance bill is prepared in a particular context of the implementation of public finance management reforms, aimed at migrating from the average budget to the program budget” To do this, let the Council of Ministers, all the ministries and institutions, the Personalized State Administrations, the Public Establishments of an Administrative Nature, the companies with public participation and all the municipalities of the country have prepared their budget forecasts by indicating the activities to be carried out with indicators objectively verifiable, to allow monitoring and evaluation of the expected results on a quarterly basis.”As part of the 2022/2023 budgetary transparency and traceability, the revenue that was collected by the Personalized State Administrations, the Public Establishments of an Administrative Nature and other public services operating on the basis of State subsidies comes in taxation managed by the Burundian Revenue Office (OBR). »

Among other actions planned by the OBR with the aim of increasing revenues are the strengthening of the collection of taxes on mining sector activities, the taking of measures to reduce the informal sector through local taxation, the application strict enforcement of the law concerning dividends to be paid to the State, the initiation of the revision of texts and the procedure for granting exemptions, the acceleration of the process of recovery of arrears by the OBR, the strengthening of mechanisms for fight against corruption, fraud, and smuggling, …

The Council of Ministers specifies that, in the field of economic and social infrastructure, in terms of transport, the construction of the railway linking Uvinza-Malagarazi-Musongati-Gitega has been highly privileged.

Source: IWACU Burundi

United Nations Human Rights Report 2021

Our COVID-19 response:

Examples of UN Human Rights actions In 2021, COVID-19 and its impacts continued to affect communities around the world, with the brunt of the negative effects falling on the most vulnerable.

The UN Human Rights COVID-19 Strategy 2021-2022 aims to respond to the needs of the most affected populations and places them at the heart of recovery efforts. To this end, UN Human Rights’ strategy outlines four focus areas that identify needs, opportunities and priority activities.

FOCUS AREA 1

ENHANCED ENGAGEMENT ON VACCINES, SOCIAL PROTECTION, HEALTH AND OTHER ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the weaknesses of social and economic systems that made insufficient investments in their fundamental public services, such as health care and social protection. The Secretary-General’s Common Agenda and New Social Contract elevated social protection and universal health coverage as global priorities that are critical for facilitating access to health care, protecting people against poverty and ensuring the enjoyment of basic economic and social rights, including food, water, housing, health and education.

The pandemic also revealed vaccine inequity as a key challenge in building back better. In addition, incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) spiked during the pandemic, particularly domestic violence and child marriage. Sexual and reproductive health services were not considered as basic and essential health services in most COVID-19 responses, resulting in an increase in maternal mortality rates and unmet needs related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

UN Human Rights will advocate with stakeholders, including governments, civil society and UN entities, in order to: promote the health and protection of particularly vulnerable populations, raise awareness about the impacts of COVID-19 and highlight the importance of social protection in COVID-19 recovery and overcome economic crises.

In 2021, UN Human Rights engaged and advocated with relevant stakeholders to promote the health and protection of vulnerable populations and to raise awareness about the impacts of COVID-19. In the Republic of Moldova, the capacities of 50 representatives of the NGO Task Force on COVID-19 and Human Rights were strengthened on protection measures. A set of 5,700 materials, including 1,600 leaflets and 4,100 informative briefs on COVID-19, were distributed through the NGO Task Force to vulnerable groups (Roma, persons with disabilities, older persons, families with many children). In Ukraine, UN Human Rights advocated with State and local authorities to undertake additional measures for protecting the life and health of homeless people, especially during COVID-19, which resulted in the opening of homeless shelters in Zaporizhzhia and Melitopol and unblocked funding for another shelter in Sumy. In Panama, a short film and related digital materials on the differentiated impacts of COVID-19 on LGBTI persons were produced and disseminated through social networks to raise the profile of the human rights concerns of LGBTI persons and support their efforts to bring about legal change and more inclusive public policies for tackling the pandemic. In the State of Palestine, 1 information on COVID-19, including on psychological and social support services from the government and NGOs, was prepared in an accessible format for persons with disabilities and their families and widely distributed. The campaign was promoted on social media channels, amassing more than 230,000 views, and on Palestinian Television, government and CSO channels. In Burundi, an awareness-raising session was delivered to penitentiary personnel and detainees of the Bubanza prison in West Burundi on measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to protect detainees. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Madagascar and Somalia, OHCHR advocated with authorities on measures to reduce overcrowding in prisons in the context of COVID-19. Over 3,200 inmates were consequently released from several prisons in the DRC, over 10,400 convicted detainees were granted pardons in Madagascar and 80 detainees were released in Somalia.

UN Human Rights developed guidelines and advocacy messages for field presences on vaccine equity and affordable access to all without discrimination. In Cambodia, UN Human Rights advocated for the rights of detainees and prisoners and their access to humanitarian assistance in the context of COVID-19 and to ensure that they receive adequate health care, including through access to tests and vaccines. As a result, the vaccination of all detainees was largely completed by the end of August. In Iraq, an awareness-raising campaign was undertaken in collaboration with six Iraqi NGO partners. This enabled UN Human Rights to inform minority communities about the impacts of COVID-19, health protection measures and vaccination. More than 17,000 posters were translated into six minority languages and distributed throughout 25 districts. Also in Iraq, social media campaigns were launched, 20 graphic illustrations encouraging vaccination were disseminated and a “Mask Up” campaign on protection measures reached over 160,000 viewers.

Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights