Thursday June 11, 2020 – A senior diplomat privy to the infection that consumed late President Pierre Nkurunziza, has confirmed that the Burundi strongman died of Covid19 related sickness.

On Tuesday, Burundi’s Government said Nkurunziza’s sudden death was a result of a heart attack.

The 55-year old was due to stand down in August following elections on May 20th.

But the diplomat who was close to Nkurunziza said the President died of Coronavirus.

“He had coronavirus but no one would say so because the President had played it down all along,” a diplomat based in Bujumbura said.

About 11 days ago, Denise Nkurunziza, the First Lady of Burundi, flew to Nairobi to seek medical treatment for reasons that were officially undisclosed.

However, it was confirmed later that she was suffering from Covid-19.

She was, however, successfully treated at the Aga Khan University Hospital and rushed back to Burundi on Tuesday after the Government announced her husband’s death.

Apart from his wife, his other close family members have been infected by the disease, which has killed 414,377 people across the world.


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