Sorry ladies! Sauti Sol’s Polycarp Otieno ties the knot in Burundi

Sauti Sol has added a family member to their family.

Lady Mandy just said “I do” to the love of her life, Sauti Sol guitarist, Polycarp Otieno.

The couple got married in a traditional ceremony hosted in Lady Mandy’s home country, Burundi.

This comes at a time where Burundian government has been piling pressure on unwed couples across the country to tie the knot in what it claimed was a solution to the surge in population over ‘illegal marriages’, polygamy, bigamy and teenage pregnancy.

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Speaking to Aljazeera, Martin Nivyabandi a Human Rights Minister stated that after December the law will take effect.

“AFTER DECEMBER PUNISHMENT WILL BE ROLLED OUT TO THOSE COUPLES WHO WILL NOT BE LEGALLY MARRIED…IF THEY DON’T RESPECT THE LAW SOME OF THEM WILL BE TAKEN TO COURT AND JAILED,” SAID NIVYABANDI.

In attendance at the very exclusive wedding was Polycarp’s brother, his band mates and the Kenyan Ambassador to Burundi, Ken Vitisia.

Check out the photos from the wedding ceremony.

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No INFORMAL Relationships! Cohabiting Couples In Burundi ORDERED To WED By The End Of 2017

Cohabiting couples in Burundi have until the end of the year to get married or face legal consequences.

The government order comes after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a campaign “to moralise society”.

A government spokesman said a crackdown on informal relationships was needed to combat a population explosion.

He said too many schoolgirls were getting pregnant and men were taking advantage of women by cohabiting with several simultaneously.

Burundi has been in crisis since 2015 when Mr Nkurunziza, a born-again Christian, announced he would run for a controversial third term.

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‘We want order’

Interior ministry spokesman Terence Ntahiraja told AFP news agency that church and state-sanctioned weddings were the solution to the country’s population explosion – and a patriotic duty.

“We want Burundians to understand that everyone is responsible for his life, we want order in this country,” he said.

“All this is done within the framework of the patriotic training programme,” he said, referring to an initiative launched by President Nkurunziza.

It is not clear exactly what sanctions those not tying the knot will face.

However, one farmer quoted by AFP said local officials had already threatened him and his partner with a fine and said any child born out of wedlock would not qualify for free education or medical treatment.

The farmer, named only as Pierre, said he had not married because he could not afford the bride price demanded by his partner’s family.

Hundreds of people have since died since Mr Nkurunziza launched a bid for a third term. But the country had been relatively calm in recent months.

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Burundi presidential elections postponed to July 21

Presidential elections in the crisis-hit central African nation of Burundi have been postponed to July 21, nearly a week later than originally scheduled, the presidency announced Saturday.

A decree signed by President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive five-year term has sparked weeks of civil unrest, said the polls would be moved from July 15 to July 21, with campaigning extended until the evening of July 18.

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Why Burundi’s President Needs To Step Aside – Mwalimu King’ang’i

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza faced an attempted coup Wednesday while he was in Tanzania attending a special EAC summit to discuss his bid for a third term. Thousands of residents in the capital Bujumbura celebrated the radio announcement from  Major General Godefroid Niyombare.

Mwalimu King’ang’i on this morning’s show with Maina, was not his usual funny self but he had a moving message why Nkurunziza needs to step aside. Mwalimu quotes the late Professor George Saitoti with his famous, ‘there comes a time when a country is more important than an individual.’

King’ang’i says that when the presidential term is over, then he should step aside. No blood should be shed nor more refugee camps created just because he ( Nkurunziza) wants to seek more control, he concludes.

Listen to the audio below

BREAKING: Top Burundi general announces overthrow of president Pierre Nkurunziza

A top Burundian general on Wednesday announced the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president’s bid to stand for a third term.

The radio broadcast by General Godefroid Niyombare — who was sacked from his position as the central African nation’s powerful chief of intelligence in February — came hours after President Nkurunziza arrived in neighbouring Tanzania for talks to end the crisis.

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Protestors, police clash in Burundi capital: witnesses

Police in the central African nation of Burundi on Sunday clashed with small groups of protestors, witnesses said, the day after the president was declared as candidate for a controversial third term.

An AFP correspondent said there were small demonstrations in several parts of the capital despite a government ban, with at least one outbreak of stone-throwing and anti-riot police beating back around 100 protestors trying to reach the city centre.

In the Cibitoke area, an AFP reporters said protestors pelted police with stones after they arrested a demonstrator.

“We threw stones to try and free our friend. This is a peaceful protest, we were only singing and they charged,” said one of the protestors, who did not give his name.

At least two police were wounded and two youths arrested, and police fired live rounds in the air in a bid to disperse the crowd.

Witnesses reported similar small-scale clashes in two other districts of the capital.

The protests come the day after President Pierre Nkurunziza was declared the ruling party’s candidate for a third term in office.

Opposition figures and rights groups say the move is unconstitutional and say the president’s effort to cling to power could push Burundi — which emerged from civil war in 2006 — back into violence.

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At least 100 dead in Burundi attack by rebel group: source

At least 100 rebels have been killed after a cross-border attack against the central African nation of Burundi from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a top military source told AFP Sunday.

A general in the Burundian army, speaking on condition that he not be named, said the attack by the unidentified rebel group had been defeated after five days of heavy fighting in the border area north of the capital Bujumbura.

“After five days of non-stop military operations, the armed group which attacked Burundi has been wiped out by our security forces. In total, we killed 105 of them and captured four, out of a total of the 121 who entered Cibitoke province from the DRCongo,” the general said.

“We also seized a 60mm mortar, five rocket launchers, machine guns and more than 100 assault rifles,” he said, adding the Burundian army had lost two soldiers.

There was no further confirmation of the claim, with the army declining to comment officially on the fighting while operations in the area were still in progress.

Burundian officials and witnesses said the group of unidentified rebels crossed into Burundi overnight Monday from DRCongo’s eastern Kivu region, a chronically unstable and resource-rich area that is home to dozens of rebel groups.

A previous toll given on Wednesday put the toll at 35 dead, including 34 rebels and one government soldier.

Previous attacks in Burundi’s border region have been claimed by a splinter faction of the National Liberation Forces (FNL). The main body of FNL — a highly disciplined group notorious for singing hymns as they carried out attacks — signed a peace deal with the Burundian government in 2009 and have since become a political party.

The rebels who still fight on have claimed a string of attacks this year, most recently in October when they claimed to have killed six soldiers, and vowed to “intensify” their raids ahead of presidential elections in June 2015. The group, however, have denied they were behind the latest attack.

Burundi, a small nation in Africa’s Great Lakes region, emerged in 2006 from a brutal 13-year civil war and its political climate remains fractious ahead of presidential elections scheduled to take place this year.

Burundi investigates ‘Rwandan bodies’ in Lake Rweru

Burundi has set up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda.

Fishermen say there are reports of dozens of unidentified bodies being spotted in recent weeks in Lake Rweru.

It is not clear how they died. The regional authorities say their investigations indicate the victims were not from Burundi.

But Rwanda police say no-one has been reported missing on the Rwandan side.

”The victims are not Burundian citizens because the bodies are coming from Akagera River flowing from Rwanda,” Burundian official, Jean Berchmans Mpabansi, told the BBC.

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