Burundi government has suspended a local NGO for tarnishing the country’s image and trying to destabilize peace and order in the country.

“In spite of many other warnings this organisation has always strayed from its objectives to rather tarnish the image of the country and its leaders,” a document read from Burundi’s internal affairs ministry.

The document signed by the internal affairs minister Pascal Barandagiye dated March/03/2019 indicated that all the activities of PARCEM were suspended after the ministry issued several warnings to the organization.

This is not the first time the organization was suspended, in November 2015 the NGO was temporarily suspended but later the decision was reversed, according to the Burundians authorities the organization had promised to comply with the rules governing NGOs in the country.

The suspension comes after the PARCEM chairman Faustin Ndikumana a few weeks earlier criticized the government on what he said was an increased poverty rate and slow growth of the country’s economy.


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