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12 February 2016 13:42 (South Africa)

Is Rwanda stoking ethnic fires in Burundi?

  • Simon Allison
    Simon Allison

    Simon Allison covers Africa for the Daily Maverick, having cut his teeth reporting from Palestine, Somalia and revolutionary Egypt. He loves news and politics, the more convoluted the better. Despite his natural cynicism and occasionally despairing tone, he is an Afro-optimist, and can’t wait to witness and chronicle the continent’s swift development over the next few decades.

Photo: Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, pose for a photograph after attending the opening session of the summit on the ongoing war crisis in eastern Congo in Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 7, 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya.
Photo: Chad's President Idriss Deby attends the opening session of Sudan National Dialogue conference in Khartoum October 10, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Analysis: Chad’s President Deby assumes the mantel of statesman

By Simon Allison
Photo: Democratic Republic of Congo military personnel (FARDC) patrol against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU) rebels near Beni in North-Kivu province, December 31, 2013.  REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

Op-Ed: Violence and War, Africa's twin evils

By Carlos Lopes
Photo: A woman selling groundnut, walks past a billboard campaigning for Nyesom Wike, People's Democratic Party candidate in River state, along a road in Mbiama village, the border town between Nigeria's Bayelsa and River states February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

The Rivers’ rerun: A crucial Nigerian local election nobody's watching

By Frank Charnas
Photo: South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki (L) listens to Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo during a session of the 23rd Africa-France summit in Bamako December 4, 2005. REUTERS/Michel Euler/Pool

The African Peer Review Mechanism: An idea whose time has come - again?

By Carien du Plessis
Photo: A member of the Kenya Defence Forces yawns as they attend prayers to pay their respects to the Kenyan soldiers serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), who were killed in El Adde during an attack, at a memorial mass at the Moi Barracks in Eldoret, January 27, 2016. Al Shabaab, which is aligned with al Qaeda, said its fighters killed more than 100 Kenyan soldiers when they overrun the base in El Adde, also known as Ceel Cadde, near the Kenyan border, on Jan 15. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Life after Al Shabbab's attack on El-Adde: How will Kenya respond?

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Photo: South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar addresses a news conference in Uganda's capital Kampala January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Edward Echwalu

South Sudan’s rebel leader: ‘I am a hero. I am a victim.’

By Simon Allison
Photo: African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (L) talks to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma during the close of the 26th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 31, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

African Union goes backwards on Burundi

By Simon Allison
Photo: Delegates listen to remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

How Ethiopia exploits AU role to suppress international criticism

By Simon Allison
Photo: A protester sets up a barricade during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 22, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic.

Open letter to AU Peace and Security Council Heads of State

By Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
Photo: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (L) reacts next to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma during the opening of the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

AU Summit preview: It would be foolish to expect any major changes

By Simon Allison
Photo: Denis Galava via Jambonewspot.

Another knock for Kenya’s once-mighty media: Top Editor fired for criticising president Kenyatta

By Simon Allison
Photo: Lumumba raises his arms, injured by shackles, after his release from prison in January 1960. (Wikimedia Commons)

The assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the ghosts of history and the policing of remembrance

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: South Africa's Jacob Zuma, Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari and Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta (Reuters)

Re-imagining Africa: What if big states did better?

By Terence McNamee
Photo: A militant from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) squats near a pile of weapons after their surrender in Kateku, a small town in eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

South African peacekeepers accused of failing to prevent DRC massacre

By Simon Allison
Photo: Mohammed Kat of the Somali Association says his office is full of desperate Somalis who can't pay their fines. Photo by Joseph Chirume for GroundUp

GroundUp: Asylum seekers face fines and humiliation by public officials in Port Elizabeth

By GroundUp

Burkina Faso and Mali to coordinate forces after deadly attacks

By Reuters
Photo: The burned-out exterior of "Cappuccino" restaurant is seen in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, January 17, 2016, a day after security forces retook the Splendid Hotel from al Qaeda fighters who seized it in an assault that killed two dozen people from at least 18 countries and marked a major escalation of Islamist militancy in West Africa. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Burkina Faso’s new nightmare: The rising threat of radical Islam

By Olga Bogorad
Photo: Soldiers secure the area in front of Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, January 17, 2016, a day after security forces retook the hotel from al Qaeda fighters who seized it in an assault that killed two dozen people from at least 18 countries and marked a major escalation of Islamist militancy in West Africa. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Analysis: Why is Burkina Faso in Al Qaeda’s crosshairs?

By Simon Allison
Photo: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (L), flanked by his Deputy William Ruto, addresses a news conference at the State House in Nairobi December 2, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Kenyan civil society: Down, but Not Out

By Simon Allison
Photo: Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang speaks after winning the Confederation of African Football (CAF) award for African footballer of the year, in Abuja, Nigeria January 7, 2016 REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Football and Society: Not cool, Yaya, not cool

By Ismail Lagardien
Photo: Rwanda President Paul Kagame gestures during the session 'Ending Poverty through Parity' in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 24, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Analysis: Can third-term Kagame prove his critics wrong?

By Simon Allison
People light candles during a street concert organized to highlight the situation in Burundi by PAWA254, an activist organization, in Kenya's capital Nairobi December 20, 2015. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

Africa in 2016: The stories we are watching

By Simon Allison
Photo: Supporters of President-elect Roch Marc Kabore watch Kabore speak at his campaign headquarters in Ouagadougou, December 1, 2015. Roch Marc Kabore was proclaimed the winner of the presidential election in Burkina Faso and will become the country's first new leader in decades, the Independent National Electoral Commission said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Burkina Faso: Transition, Act II

By International Crisis Group
Photo: President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Ghana minister resigns over handling of power crisis

By Reuters
Photo: Rwanda's President Paul Kagame attends at the fifth meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development organized by Macedonian government in Ohrid, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), 02 April 2012.  EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI

United States 'deeply disappointed' Kagame will seek third term

By Reuters
Photo: Then Central African Republic's Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera attends a demonstration held by traders in Bangui, January 5, 2013. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Former Central African Republic PM leads in presidential vote

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Photo: A French Red Cross team picks up a suspected Ebola case from the centre of Forecariah January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Misha Hussain

Guinea declared free of Ebola

By Reuters
Photo: The transitional president of the Central African Republic, Catherine Samba Panza, listens to journalists' questions during a news conference at the presidential palace in Bangui, Central African Republic, November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

As Central Africans prepare to vote, major challenges still loom

By Reuters
Photo: Blaise Compaore, President of Burkina Faso, during a news conference at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) after the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 session of the Council of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, November 12, 2008. EPA/DOMINIC FAVRE

Burkina Fasso issues warrant for ex-leader Compaore over Sankara murder

By Reuters