Burundi on the Brink of Economic Collapse
Economic activities have been effectively paralysed in Bujumbura as well as in other parts of the country since demonstrations against president Pierre Nkurunziza started. Violent protests are a near daily occurrence in the capital, ever since President Nkurunziza announced on 25 April his intention to seek a third term in office — a decision that critics claim violates the constitution and the Arusha agreement.
Nearly 80% of the shops are permanently closed and the economy is slowly coming to a standstill. Since the demonstration movement started, repeated grenade attacks disturb activities in Bujumbura city.
In fact, the city closes at 6 pm. Everybody stops their activity and returns home. “I must be at home before 6 pm”, regrets a cloths seller in Bujumbura city. “I don’t want to be victim of those grenade attacks. No one knows when they explode.”