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The U.S. has joined with the AU and EU in placing sanctions on 2 current and 2 former Burundian officials.  The two current officials, Minister of Public Security Alain Bunyoni, and Deputy National Police Director Godefroid Bizimana, are accused of “directing operations to intimidate and suppress opponents” of President Pierre Nkurunziza while former intelligence chief Godefroid Niyombare and former minister of defense Cyrille Ndayirukiye are said to have, “contributed to instability” in the country by attempting a coup against the president in May (The Guardian).

Also in Burundi, 10 civil society NGOs that stood in opposition to the president have been suspended. Nkurunziza’s government suspended the licenses of the civic groups, alleging they were involved in anti-government activities, including the failed coup attempt. Burundi has been in violent turmoil since April when Nkurunziza began seeking a third consecutive term as president, leading to widespread protests. (AP / The Big Story).

In Accra, armed men wearing military uniforms raided the NPP’s political headquarters on Monday. The attack, “raises tension” in the country heading into next year’s presidential election between President Mahama and the governing National Democratic Congress and New Patriotic Party candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo (Reuters Africa).

Nigeria is reopening schools in Borno state over a year after the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram brought international attention to the crisis in the country’s northern region. Several schools reopened this week for the first time since April of 2014 when schools were first closed following the kidnappings in Chibok, even as violence in the region continued over the weekend with a female suicide bomber killing herself and seven others in Maiduguri. (Mail & Guardian).

What We Need

As Pope Francis begins his tour of Africa this week, including a visit to Kampala, Lizabeth Paulat (@LizabethPaulat) asks, “will the Pope challenge homophobia in Uganda“? (VOA News).

Biz Dev

Gbenga Onalaja (@Onalaja_) says Lagos, is not the ecosystem and wonders, ‘who says you need a cluster to innovate anyway?‘ (TechCabal).

Professors Mark Esposito and Terence Tse think China’s ties to Africa are likely to get stronger and the world’s biggest economy is becoming ‘more tactful’ in its approach to making investments on the continent (The Conversation).

Identity & Culture

Kovie Biakolo (@koviebiakolo) writes about what it’s like, “being Nigerian (In Diaspora) during the time of Boko Haram” (Thought Catalog).

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