President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi Dies of ‘Cardiac arrest’ at age 55
According to the official release from the seat of government, the president was hospitalized last Saturday after feeling unwell. The statement further stated that his condition improved but he had a cardiac arrest on Monday at a health facility in the Eastern town of Karuzi.
It will be recalled that in 2015, after serving his second term in office Mr. Nkurunziza decided to amend the constitution for him to be able to run for another term. His decision did not go down well with many citizens who questioned the legality of his action. There was a series of unrest in the country following the announcement which even resulted in a failed coup attempt.
After the constitutional amendment, he was qualified to run for the 4th term but he decided to step down for his political ally, General Evariste Ndayishimiye who won the pools by 68%, a decision that was challenged by the opposition party at the law court but was ruled in favour of the ruling party.
The former rebel leader prides himself with bringing peace to Burundians but the Human Rights Watch has downplayed this achievement since his administration was full of human rights abuse. These include “Extrajudicial execution, disappearances, arbitrary arrests, sexual violence, extortion, beatings and intimidation.
A deep throat source has however hinted mynationalupdates.com that both the president and his wife were diagnosed with being COVID-19 positive, a disease he has downplayed since its outbreak. His wife is said to be receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Kenya. The president downplayed the pandemic to the extent that he went ahead to organize election amidst the heightened widespread of the virus and expelled all foreign agencies from the country including World Health Organization before the election was conducted.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nkurunziza was due to receive an ex gratia of $548,000 package with a luxurious villa when he retires in August 2020.