Burkina Faso. According to
COUNTRYAAH, the National Reconciliation Commission NRC,
which was appointed by President Blaise Compaoré in November
1999, recommended in February the government to try several
cases of widespread corruption in court and stressed that
people who committed political murders must be punished.
In March, a UN report pointed out the Burkese president
as one of the African heads of state who allowed arms
transfers to the Angolan rebel movement UNITA via their
countries. Burkina Faso has also been repeatedly accused of
supplying the Sierra Leonean RUF guerrilla with weapons,
which the regime denied.
The opposition rallied in April for a three-day protest
against the slow pace in the investigation of the
regime-critical journalist Norbert Zongo's death in late
1998. Police brutally intervened with protesters in the
capital Ouagadougu, prompting the unions to announce a
72-hour general strike.
The trial of five members of the president's bodyguard,
suspected of the murder of a driver who worked for President
Compaore's younger brother François, began on August 17.
Just a few days later, three of the men were sentenced to
between 10 and 20 years in prison for the offense, while the
other two were acquitted due to lack of evidence. François
Compaoré was also prosecuted initially. Four of the men are
also suspected of involvement in the murder of Zongo, who
was investigating the driver's death when he was murdered.
Municipal elections were held on September 25, after
having been postponed twice before. The election, which
became a success for the ruling party CDP (Congrès pour la
Democratie et le Progrès), was boycotted by several