The country of Burundi is dying: What Ghana must learn from before going into 2020 general elections

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Burundi is a perfect example of why we should take this COVID-19 pandemic very serious and have a rethinking of the generalized reopening of schools and other institutions of mass gathering. Burundi President Nkuruziza is dead, his mother is dead, his wife and sister in ICU, incoming Burundi President in ICU, and speaker that should be currently acting as president is in ICU.

In May 2020 when countries were strategizing to prevent COVID-19 spread and its containment, Burundi went into elections and Burundi is HOT NOW! The Country lost the President days ago. Now, the late President Pierre Nkurunziza’s wife and son have tested positive for COVID-19.

That’s not all, the late President’s mother died today. To make matter worse, the interim President, President-elect & Vice-President-elect, according to sources have tested positive for Covid-19 including members of cabinet & Parliament.

If this is not a monumental tragedy, I don’t know how else to describe the situation in Burundi. This goes to reinforce the fact that Covid-19 is real. The late President was aged 55 years and died of cardiac arrest after testing positive to Covid-19. We must obey all Rules and Protocols as released by the Government’s Health authorities.

Ghana must learn from what is happening in Burundi and rethink into the measures and plans for the upcoming general elections in December 2020. If the government of Ghana fails to understand the seriousness of this pandemic, the aftermath of the general election will not be pleasant for, especially the politicians themselves.

Political parties planning on starting their campaign trails should think twice about their lives and political motives. As said by President Akufo-Addo, “we know how to bring the economy back, but what we don’t know now is how to bring lives back”.

Burundi is currently dying because they held general elections amidst the coronavirus pandemic. We don’t want the same to happen to Ghana after the 2020 general elections. Ghana must postpone the elections to save lives.

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