Alfred Aubin Mugenzi, who goes by the stage name Kigingi, was picked up by the National Intelligence Service 10 months after he performed a skit that mocked Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza.
In 2015, keeping power by force went out of fashion for some East and Central African leaders, who instead found ways to stay at the top legally -- but not without a fierce opposition.
Though the presidential elections in Burundi have concluded, political violence surrounding the controversial vote has not simmered.
On the day of the controversial presidential elections, VICE News visits polling stations across Burundi's capital, and witnesses Nyakabiga's last act of protest before the polls closed for the day.
In the latest dispatch, VICE News attended a CNDD-FDD rally in Cibitoke Province, and spoke with a former high-ranking official of Burundi’s ruling party, now living in exile in Rwanda.
VICE News visits an opposition neighborhood in Bujumbura during the night to see what defense mechanisms have been put in place, and witnesses the aftermath of the violence that occurs overnight.
The Burundian army held a press conference, showing off seized weaponry and captured fighters following last week’s clashes with armed rebels.
VICE News stops through Rwanda en route to Burundi to hear testimony of what life is like in Bujumbura amidst the current political crisis.
Ketty Nivyabandi was a Burundian citizen, poet, and writer before President Pierre Nkurunziza's decided to run for a controversial, and possibly illegal, third term in office. She led protests against his move, and is now living in exile.
General Emmanuel Karenzi Karake was arrested at Heathrow airport, under a seven-year-old Spanish indictment that accuses of him of ordering massacres, alleged to have taken place in the wake of the country's 1994 genocide.
During the three-month Rwandan Genocide 20 years ago, 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus died at the hands of their friends and neighbors.