BUJUMBURA March 9th (ABP) – On March 8, 2018, Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza and his wife enhanced the commemoration of the International Women’s Day at the Gatwaro stadium at the Kayanza province’s headquarters (northern Burundi).
The Day with this year’s theme “Rural and urban actors, together transform women’s lives”, was celebrated with great joy in the image of national Days and was attended by the highest political, legislative, judicial, military authorities and police officers as well as most of the wives of the country’s dignitaries. The diplomatic corps accredited in Bujumbura, as well as the heads of international organizations and national organizations, were there.
The ceremonies began with a long parade attended by staff from different Ministries, staff of the National Assembly, various public and private services and members of national organizations. It was adjourned by military and police women who were very much applauded by the public.
In vibrant color uniforms, made from the loincloths produced by the Burundi textile factory “Afritextil”, the paraders expressed the joy on their faces and some marched dancing and singing.
In his speech, President Nkurunziza called on women to have a vision, to design projects and to put them into action, to transform their lives and to make positive change. He felt that any change depends on determination and will. He urged women to bring about change themselves, to put their efforts and talents together and to jealously guard their plans so that they will not be stolen so that they can bequeath them to their children.
President Nkurunziza called on men and children to support women and work hard to change the lives of women who are the pillars of family and development.
On that occasion, the Head of State awarded seven girls and women for their dedication and hard work. It should be noted that in his opening speech, the governor of Kayanza province said that peace and security prevail thanks to the contribution of women.

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BUBANZA March 13th (ABP) – The natives and friends of Bubanza province (north-west) met in Muzinda, Rugazi commune, on Saturday March 9, under the chairmanship of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Pascal Nyabenda (native of that province), to discuss the achievements of 2018, the outlook for 2019 and the establishment of the association of natives, a check by ABP revealed. Among the 2018 achievements, the governor of Bubanza province, Mr. Nobus Thérence Butoyi, spoke among others about the construction of the modern stadium (in progress), markets in the communes, rice storage sheds, bridges, youth centers, schools and playgrounds. He also spoke about the rehabilitation of the tracks, the electrification, the distribution of the selected seeds and the small cattle, the reforestation as part of the “Ewe Burundi urambaye” program, the drinking water supply, the financial support of cooperatives to people, nursery development and school equipment. Concerning this year 2019, Governor Butoyi indicates that the province plans to focus efforts in the education sector to increase the success rate and quality of education. The same province is also planning urbanization, strengthening hygiene and improving housing at the trading centers, at the provincial headquarters, in Gihanga, in Musenyi and Muzinda. Other projects include the continuation of reforestation under the “Ewe Burundi urambaye” national program, support in the distribution of subsidized chemical fertilizers and close monitoring of the palm plantation which tends to replace food crops, he continues to say. The natives of that province have set up an association known as the “Association for the Development of Bubanza Province (ADEBU)”, with the Minister of Hydraulics, the Energy and Mines, Mr. Côme Manirakiza, as Leader. The latter promises to give his all for the huge contribution of the association in the development of the province and asks the natives to support the association in expertise. As for the Speaker of the National Assembly and native of the Bubanza province, Mr. Pascal Nyabenda, he invited the natives and friends of the province to overcome all that differentiates them to appropriate the development of the province.

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