Burundi will celebrate Rwagasore Day on Friday, October 13. Authorities have announced road closures in the Rohero and Kiriri areas of Bujumbura, lasting from 08:00 (local time) until 12:00. Among the affected streets are Boulevard du 28 Novembre and Avenue Belvedere; heavy traffic is also likely between Cathédrale Regina Mundi and the Mausolée du Prince Louis Rwagasore on Chaussée P.L. Rwagasore. Transportation disruptions and increased security in Bujumbura should be anticipated.
Rwagasore day celebrates Prime Minister Louis Rwagasore, who briefly led the country as it negotiated independence from Belgium. Rwagasore was assassinated on October 13, 1961 – just two weeks after his inauguration – by pro-Belgian extremists, and is a revered national figure.
Individuals in Bujumbura should anticipate transportation disruptions and heavy traffic throughout the day. More generally, individuals in Burundi - especially in Bujumbura - are advised to remain vigilant and to adhere to all instructions issued by the authorities. Travelers should avoid traveling by foot after nightfall, only keep small amounts of cash on hand, and if driving, park in a secured parking lot close to their destination. Drive with, doors locked, windows rolled up, and with all valuables hidden from sight. Keep your phone charged and with you at all times.