The Government of Burundi has released a statement to confirm the death of its outgoing President, His excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, 55. Reports indicate that the President died of a cardiac arrest. In a statement posted on twitter today, the government stated “with great sorrow to Burundians and the International community” the passing of the President.
President Nkurunziza has occupied the Presidency position of the country for 15 years and was due to step down as President of the country, come August this year. Per the statement, the President had attended a volleyball match on Saturday afternoon, but fell ill later in the evening and was rushed to the hospital. He showed signs of recovery on Sunday and interacted with officials.
Unfortunately, his situation worsened Monday morning. He is reported to have suffered a cardiac arrest, and despite the intervention of medical officials, he passed on. The unfortunate incidence occurred at a hospital in Eastern Burundi, Karuzi. The country would hold a period of national mourning for a continuous period of seven (7) days, with flags of the country flown at half-mast.
In 2015, President Nkurunziza announced his decision to run for a third term as President of the country. The decision sparked chaos in Burundi as a section of the country questioned the legality of a third-term bid on his part. An attempted coup was recorded, causing the death of hundreds of Burundians while many sought refuge in other neighbouring countries.
Meanwhile, Burundi will officially declare Evariste Ndayishimiye of CNDD–FDD President in August when the current term of President Nkurunziza runs out, after winning last month’s Presidential poll by 71.45%.