Burundi

Date of Inception:

August 29, 2007

Number of Members:

79 (as of July 2011)

Chapter Events :

  • TOPS Symposium (January 2010) [Article 1][Photos]
  • Training on “Elections and Security” (January 2010)
  • Capacity-Building Workshop (January 2010)
  • East Africa Chapters Regional Conference (August 2009)
  • Topical Outreach Program (August 2008)
  • Community Leadership Conference (August 2008)
  • Community Leadership Conference (September 2007)
  • Topical Outreach Program (2007)
  • Chapter Launch (August 2007)

Chapter President:

Major General Sylvestre NIMUBONA

Recent Promotions:

2011

OPC1 Onesphore Mbazumutima has qualified to serve as the Officer-in-Charge of Human Rights at the UNAMID Sector North Headquarters in El Fasher in Darfur, Sudan. He continues to lead the Burundian contingent of police officers at the UN Police. OPC1 Mbazumutima attended the Small Arms and Light Weapons Workshop in August 2008.

Colonel Bernard Ndiho has been appointed to a two-year post at the National Defense Review Commission. He previously served as Head of Operations for the Burundian Joint Chiefs of Staff. Colonel Ndiho attended the Small Arms and Light Weapons Workshop in August 2008 and organizes events for the Burundi Chapter.

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Nzobonimpa has been selected to attend the Marshall Center’s Program in Advanced Security Studies after four months of English-language training. He is taking a leave of absence from his post as Deputy Director for Mentoring and Mobilization of Veterans at the Office of Veterans Affairs within the Burundian Ministry for National Defense and Veterans Affairs. Lieutenant Colonel Nzobonimpa attended the Next Generation of African Security Sector Leaders course in March 2011.

Brigadier General Athanase Kararuza has been appointed Joint Chief of Staff for the Burundian military. He previously served as its Head of Personnel and Human Resources. General Kararuza attended the 2008 Senior Leaders Seminar and 2009 Eastern Africa TOPS Symposium in his capacity as a member of the Burundi Chapter’s Executive Committee.

Colonel Espitace Masumbuko now serves as an Aide to the Chief of General Staff for the Burundian military. He previously served as a Battalion Commander. Colonel Masumbuko attended the 2009 Senior Leaders Seminar.

Major General Célestin Ndayisaba has been appointed to the post of Military Attaché at the Embassy of Burundi in Russia. He previously served as both the Director General for Planning and Strategic Studies and the Inspector General at the Ministry of Defense. General Ndayisaba attended the second iteration of the Senior Leaders Seminar in 2000.

Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Ndiho has been promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed Chief of Operations for the Joint Staff. Colonel Ndiho previously served as the Deputy Director for Strategic Studies at the Ministry of Defense. He attended the Small Arms and Light Weapons Workshop in 2008.

After studying at the Kenya National Defence College, Brigadier General Cyprien Ndikuriyo has been appointed Director General for Planning and Strategic Studies at the Ministry of Defense. He attended the Next Generation of African Military Leaders course in July 2006. Director of Planning at the Ministry of Defense. He previously served as the Director of Strategic Studies. General Bduwumunsi attended the Golden Spear program in 2004.

Colonel Christophe Niyondiko has been appointed Commander of the 210th Brigade. He previously served as a Battalion Commander. Colonel Niyondiko attended the 2009 Senior Leaders Seminar.

Colonel Gabriel Ntirandekura has been appointed Commander of the 4th Military Region. He previously served as the Chief of Staff for the 110th Brigade. Colonel Ntirandekura attended the Next Generation of African Military Leaders course in July 2007.

Brigadier General Audace Nduwumunsi successfully applied to serve as the new Deputy Force Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISON), a post that he has occupied since mid-July. He previously served as the Director of Planning for the Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs. General Nduwumunsi attended the 2001 Golden Spear program and the 2010 TOPS Symposium.

Mr. Firmin Sindaye now works for the UN Mission to Burundi (BINUB). Although he remains a member of the Human Rights League for Burundi, he no longer serves as the Program Lead for the Freedom Speech in Burundi program. Mr. Sindaye attended his first of three Africa Center programs in 2004 and is a founding member of the Burundi Chapter’s Executive Committee.

Mr. Gaudence Sindayigaya has been appointed First Counselor at the Embassy of Burundi to the United States. He previously served as Director General of Protocol and Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Mr. Sindayigaya attended the Senior Leader Seminar in June 2006.

Colonel Adolphe Manirakiza has been appointed Vice President of the National Council of Communications by President Pierre Nkurunziza. Colonel Manirakiza recently returned from Somalia where he served as Burundi’s Information Officer and briefly attended the Inter-Army Command and Staff College prior to his appointment. He participated in the Next Generation of African Military Leaders Course in 2005 and the Community Leadership Conference in both 2007 and 2008 in his capacity as Secretary General of the Burundi Chapter.

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United States Department of State Background Note – Burundi