Thursday June 11, 2020 – Burundi’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza, passed away on Tuesday after a short illness.

According to a Government statement, the Burundian strongman attended a game of volleyball on Saturday but fell ill that night and was taken to hospital.

It was reported that the President exhibited all the coronavirus signs and was struggling to breathe when he was rushed to a level 3 hospital in Karuzi in eastern Burundi.

Although he appeared to recover on Sunday and spoke to those around him, his condition suddenly deteriorated on Monday morning.

Top Government officials then frantically tried to get him to Nairobi or Dar es Salaam in Tanzania but could not make a decision quickly.

“There was a lot of confusion with two sides failing to agree on whether to transfer Nkurunziza to Nairobi where his wife was being treated or to Dar.”

“In the process the President passed on,” one of the President‘s aides stated.

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

Nkurunziza‘s mother also died on Wednesday and sources said that she also tested positive for coronavirus.


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