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Summary

  1. President Pierre Nkurunziza has arrived in Bujumbura in huge convoy
  2. He travelled by road from his hometown, Ngozi
  3. He is expected to address nation soon
  4. Three alleged coup leaders arrested
  5. Gen Godefroid Niyombare who announced the coup "still on the run"

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That's it for our live coverage today, on the day that Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital Bujumbura after a failed coup attempt.

Today's African proverb: "If you see a pregnant goat in the market, it means that there are pregnant troubles at home." Dagbani wisdom sent by Abdulai Abdul Rauf, Tamale, Ghana.

Click here to send your proverbs.

And we leave you with this picture of Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o posing as she arrives for the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in south-eastern France. There's more in

our week in pictures.

Lupita Nyong'o
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Abu Bakar Mansaray at the vennice biennale
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Listen here.

'Not a putschist'

One of the organisers of Burundi's anti-third term protests says that he "never supports coups" but adds that the people need protecting.

On his

Facebook page Nininahazwe Pacifique also says that he "salutes the courage" of those who launched the attempted overthrow of the president.

The comments come as President Pierre Nkurunziza made a link between the anti-third term protesters and Wednesday's failed coup.

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Resident Presidents satirical take on the week

Focus On Africa radio ushers in the weekend with its weekly satirical segment from "The Resident Presidents". This week, President Olushambles and President Figleaf take on the thorny issue of xenophobia.

Listen here.

'Five key risks' for Burundi

Independent humanitarian news service IRIN has posted a piece called about the

key risks now facing Burundi. It identifies them as:

  • Ethnic tensions
  • Regional proxy wars
  • Refugee outflows
  • A divided army
  • Violations of human rights and press freedom
A supporter of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza carries his picture while waiting for the president to return to the capital, at a street in Bujumbura
Reuters
Some celebrated the president's return to Bujumbura but there are concerns about what happens next

Burundi's warning

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has warned that he will retaliate against anyone who launches an attack on Burundi.

In the last paragraph of a speech that has been published on his

website he says that people "will not be allowed to set fire" to the country. In what analysts say is a reference to Rwanda, the president says any war will be fought on the other side of the border.

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Burundi President

'War of the airwaves'

Great Lakes author and analyst

#Burundi coup attempt will be known as "war of the airwaves." Bonesha, Isanganiro, RPA all down. Iwacu as well. No independent media left.

Youth wing: 'we just want elections'

BBC reporter in Bujumbura

#burundi imbonerakure in kamenge "ppl say we are armed but it is not true, we just want elections"

#burundi imbonerakure in kamenge "ppl say we are armed but it is not true, we just want elections"

The Imbonerakure is the ruling party's youth wing.

'Self protection in Bujumbura'

A BBC reporter in Burundi's capital has been speaking to people putting up barricades in one district of the city.

#burundi Niyakabiga "we are not protesting just protecting our neighborhood from imbonerakure"

#burundi Niyakabiga "we are not protesting just protecting our neighborhood from imbonerakure"

Imbonerakure refers to the ruling party's youth wing, which critics fear could be used as a militia group.

President's message recorded

Ruth Nesoba

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

The presidential spokesperson says President Nkurunziza has spoken to national TV and radio at his office in Bujumbura. The recording has not yet been broadcast and we were given no indication of when it would be aired.

His comments, in Kirundi, have been published on the

presidential website.

He has ordered the demonstrations against him to stop immediately and links the anti-third term protests to Wednesday's failed coup attempt.

Bin Laden aide jailed for US embassy attacks

A former aide of Osama Bin Laden

has been sentenced to life in prison for assisting in the bombing of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 that killed 224 people.

Rescuers work to help survivors amid the devastation brought in by a bomb explosion near the US embassy and a bank in Nairobi 07 August that killed at least 60 people, including eight Americans, and left more than 1,000 injured
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Rescuers work to help survivors after the bomb attack on the US embassy in Nairobi

President's address

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has ordered the demonstrations against his third-term bid to stop.

In an address to the nation published on the

president's website, but not yet delivered, he links the demonstrations to Wednesday's failed coup attempt.

He says it was the culmination of events that were supposed to undermine him including

the massacre of Burundian rebels in Cibitoke earlier this year.

President Nkurunziza (c) pictured here in his hometown of Ngozi this morning
Didier Mandaranga
The president was welcomed on Friday by supporters in his hometown of Ngozi.

Nkurunziza welcomes reception

@PierreNkurunziz

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has

tweeted about his reception as he returned to the capital:

Twitter grab
Twitter

He says (in Kirundi): "I was happy to see how Burundians received me in Bujumbura and other provinces as ever."

Nigeria fuel problems

Will Ross

BBC News, Lagos

The fuel shortage in Nigeria is causing people to queue for six or seven hours to fill up their cars, causing big traffic jams.

Cars queuing in Nigeria
BBC

The shortage is being caused by the fuel importers who say that they are not bringing in as much petrol because they say the government owes them $1bn (£630m) in arrears for subsidy payments.

The subsidy payments are supposed to cover the difference between the retail price and the world market price. But it is an enormous scam as the importers do not bring in as much fuel as they are claiming money for.

'Not the end' in Burundi

There is a "climate of fear and uncertainty" in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, in the wake of the failed coup attempt, a resident of the city says.

Serge Ntabikiyoboka told the BBC's Outside Source programme that he does not think the country will return to normality any time soon.

"The situation is calm now," he said, "but the conflict is about a third term for the president, which many think is against the constitution, and the failure of the coup d'etat is not the end of it for many of us."

Supporters of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza carry his picture as they wait for him to return to the capital, at a street in Bujumbura, Burundi May 15
Reuters
Some have been celebrating the return of the president to Bujumbura but others are more anxious

Peace in Mali?

Alex Duval Smith

BBC Africa, Bamako, Mali

Security check in Mali
BBC

Security is tight at the Bamako International Conference Centre as loyalist Tuaregs make a show of strength.

At 15:00GMT the government and its allies are due to sign a peace proposal for northern Mali which safeguards the country's sovereign borders. However, the main Tuareg secessionist grouping, the Coordination for Movements for Azawad, has opted to stay away from the ceremony.

Barricades in Bujumbura

While some are celebrating the arrival of the president in Burundi's capital, there is a different scene elsewhere, as a BBC reporter tweets:

Youth have barricaded roads in areas that don't support a third term bid. Police said to be firing at them. #BurundiCrisis

UN concerns over Burundi

The UN's human rights commission has warned against revenge attacks in the wake of the coup attempt in Burundi.

Spokesman Rupert Coleville said the commission is "very concerned by developments in Burundi over the past two days".

He added that the UN calls "on the armed forces and non-state actors to refrain from taking actions which may endanger the lives of civilians and to ensure their protection from the effects of the conflict".

Contrasting scenes in Bujumbura

Ruth Nesoba

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

When President Pierre Nkurunziza arrived in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, his supporters, mainly youth from the ruling party commonly known as the Imbonerakure, burst onto the streets.

Mr Nkunrunziza was in a motorcade of heavily armed vehicles, with soldiers carrying grenade launchers.

President's supporters
BBC

But it is a contrasting picture in the neighbourhoods which were the scene of protests against the president's third-term bid.

BBC correspondents witnessed people erecting barricades around the area of Musaga and policemen on motorbikes were seen patrolling.

Locals say they fired at protesters.

'Fear' amongst Burundi journalists

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HRW

Human Rights Watch has

described a "climate of fear" among journalists in Burundi.

Burundian journalists have told the New York-based rights group that they "fear reprisals, since many are viewed by the president's allies as sympathetic to the opposition".

The five private news radio stations in the capital, Bujumbura, have all been forcibly shut down and a respected independent

news website Iwacu has taken itself off line "for security reasons".

Ruling party supporters celebrate

Independent journalist in Bujumbura

CNDD-FDD supporters out en masse in the centre to welcome back Nkurunziza #BurundiCrisis
CNDD-FDD supporters out en masse in the centre to welcome back Nkurunziza #BurundiCrisis

CNDD-FDD supporters out en masse in the centre to welcome back Nkurunziza #BurundiCrisis

Supporters welcome president

The BBC's Ruth Nesoba in Bujumbura has sent photos of jubilant supporters celebrating on the road leading to the presidential palace just after President Nkurunziza's arrival in the Burundian capital.

supporters in bujumbura
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bujumbura celebrations
BBC

BreakingBreaking News

Ruth Nesoba

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

President Pierre Nkurunziza has just arrived at the presidential palace in Bujumbura in a huge convoy of vehicles. He was met by cheering party supporters dressed in party colours dancing and celebrating.

Burundi media off air

BBC Monitoring

All private media remain off the air, though state and religious media are available. Burundians are relying on foreign media (especially the BBC and France's RFI and France24) for news.

Tutu granddaughter accused

South Africa's ENCA news

is reporting details of the charges brought by anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu against his granddaughter. It says that Ziyanda Palesa Tutu, 30, is being accused of causing damage worth about 50,000 rand ($4,200; $2,700) to property after an altercation with her grandmother. The property in question is described as "plates, ornaments and other objects".

desmond tutu
ENCA

Burundi by numbers

Amid the crisis in Burundi, a quick reminder of some key facts about the East African country.

burundi graphic
AFP

Burundi arrests

Some images from the arrest of some of those allegedly involved in the failed coup plot in Burundi have been coming through from the BBC team in the capital Bujumbura.

Arrests in Burundi
BBC

Three top security officials were arrested as well as a number of police officers. They were picked up at the house of one of those arrested, Police Commissioner Nimenya, where they were hiding.

There was a brief exchange of gunfire before they surrendered..

Waiting game

Al Jazeera reporter in Bujumbura

Still waiting for President Nkurunziza to speak on national radio and TV. Delayed 3 hrs, I wonder why... #burundi

General 'still on the run'

The failed coup leader Maj Gen Godefroid Niyombare is still on the run, Burundi president's spokesperson Gervais Abayeho has told the BBC Africa Live page.

Three other security officials allegedly involved in the coup have been detained.

President 'en route to capital'

Le Monde Africa bureau chief in Bujumbura

La radio nationale annonce le départ de Pierre Nkurunziza de Ngozi en direction de #Bujumbura.

Translation: 

"State radio announces the departure of Pierre Nkurunziza from Ngozi, heading towards Bujumbura."

Reports of gunfire

RFI reporter in Bujumbura

#Burundi: In Musaga neighbourhood #Bujumbura. Seen police firing, protesters erecting new roadblocks.

Going to greet the president

Maud Jullien

BBC Africa, Bujumbura

President supporters in Bujumbura
BBC

Dozens of ruling party supporters are gathering and say they are heading to the city's outskirts to greet President Nkurunziza who they expect to be arriving by road today.

Protests back in Bujumbura

Protesters against the third-term bid of Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza are back on the streets in one area of the capital, Bujumbura.

The BBC's Maud Jullien in Bujumbura says that small groups are erecting barricades in the Musaga district, which is an opposition stronghold.

Crowds 'cheering on' president

Witnesses have told the BBC's Great Lakes Service that President Nkurunziza is back in his hometown of Ngozi, and has been driving around in an open-top car, with crowds cheering him on.

Nkurunziza 'is back in hometown'

The AFP news agency is reporting that President Pierre Nkurunziza is back in his hometown of Ngozi, 140 km (86 mi) north of the capital Bujumbura, quoting anonymous sources close to the president.

"He arrived in Ngozi on Thursday. It's from here that he will address the nation about the failed coup against him", AFP quotes the source as saying.

Burundi news broadcasts

The five private news radio stations in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura, are still off air.

They were shut down on Wednesday and Thursday; one by supporters of the coup (Rema FM) and the other four by loyalist forces (Bonesha, Isanganiro, RPA and Renaissance).

But the state broadcaster is on air.

The respected private

news website Iwacu is still displaying a note saying that it is temporarily shut for "security reasons".

Iwacu site
Iwacu

But the private

Isanganiro news website is still up and is reporting that the coup leaders have admitted their "failure":

Isanganiro site
Isanganiro

Nkrunziza 'to speak from hometown'

RFI reporter in Bujumbura

#Burundi : Pierre Nkurunziza est au Burundi. Selon plusieurs sources, il serait à Ngozi, son fief, d'ou il devrait faire un mess à la nation

Translation: 

"#Burundi: Pierre Nkurunziza is in Burundi. According to several sources, he will be in Ngozi, his stronghold, from where should deliver his message to the nation"

Coup leaders 'should ask forgiveness'

Burundi's Security Minister Gabriel Nizigama has been speaking to the BBC's Great Lakes Cyriaque Muhawenayo. He denied reports that suspected coup leaders and co-conspirators had been beaten during their arrest, and said they were arrested under conditions befitting normal human rights.

He called on those still on the run, including coup leader Gen Godefroid Niyombare, to surrender to loyalist security forces. He said they should explain to the national and international community that their coup has failed and ask forgiveness from the population for their actions.

General Godefroid Niyombare flanked by former Defense Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye (standing) addresses the nation inside the Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) broadcasting studios in Burundi"s capital Bujumbura, in this May 13, 2015 file photo
Reuters
General Godefroid Niyombare (r) is still on the run

Burundi refugee numbers rise

The UN's refugee agency has been tweeting the latest Burundi refugee figures: 

BREAKING: #UNHCR reports over 105000 people fleeing clashes in #Burundi seeking refuge in neighbouring countries

It breaks the figures down:

#Burundi Refugee Numbers in neighbouring countries: Tanzania 70187 Rwanda 26300 DRC 9183 #UNHCR

And adds that many are still trying to get into Tanzania:

Number of refugees from #Burundi on the rise in Tanzania as reports of 10,000 desperately waiting to cross border and seek safety

Tutu presses charges against granddaughter

The granddaughter of anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu says she will be handing herself into police on an undisclosed charge, according to South Africa's Eyewitness News website.

The granddaughter tweeted on Wednesday:

I am regrouping but @TheDesmondTutu & granny Leah I will be handing myself in on Friday. # TututrialbyMedia

Archbishop Tutu  said on Thursday that he had laid charges against her, but did not specify what they were.