Political unrest pushes Burundi's inflation to 7.7 pct in June


Burundi’s inflation rate rose to 7.7 percent year-on-year in June from 7.2 percent in May after political unrest increased costs of essential commodities such as food, official data showed on Tuesday.

The landlocked east African nation faces one of its worst political crisis. Dozens have been killed in weeks of protests against a third term bid for President Pierre Nkurunziza.

He cites a constitutional court’s decision that cleared him, and was re-elected in a disputed vote last week.


An official at the Institute of Economic Studies and Statistics (ISTEEBU) said street protests to reject the third term for Nkurunziza have paralysed economic activities, especially trade between rural areas and Bujumbura on one side, and also between neighbouring countries and Burundi.

Food inflation rose to 10.0 percent in the year to June from 8.5 percent in May, state-run ISTEEBU said in its report.

Food is the major component to measure inflation in the coffee-producing of nearly 10 million people.

Economic analysts fear a worsening economic situation for the aid-dependent country, as most western nations giving money to Burundi have already declared that elections which led to Nkurunziza’s victory were not free and credible.

Belgium and European Union, the biggest donors have warned they could take economic sanctions against Burundi. The U.S., another major donor, said it will review in the next months its assistance programme to the country, including cutting some aid.