President Burundi suddenly dies, suspected by Covid-19

The late President Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza. Photo: Reuters.
The late President Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza. Photo: Reuters.

The sudden death of Burundi leader Pierre Nkurunziza is suspected of being linked to the corona virus, after his wife flew to Kenya after 10 days of Covid-19 infection.

According to the Guardian, many comments have expressed doubts that the sudden death of Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, the late Burundi president, occurred on June 9 due to corona virus infection. The exact time of Nkurunziza’s death is unknown.

In a statement released on June 10, the Burundi government announced the late president’s death from a heart attack. The Burundi government statement said Nkurunziza participated in a soccer match on June 5, then fell ill during the night and was hospitalized.

Nkurunziza’s health had improved on June 6, but “suddenly worsened on the morning of June 8 and he suffered a heart attack”. The Burundi government insisted Nkurunziza’s death was “unforeseen” and asked the people to calm down.

The death of the late Burundi president was linked to the corona virus after it was reported that Nkurunziza’s wife had taken a flight to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, about 10 days after she became infected with Covid-19.

To date, the Burundi nation of 11 million people has confirmed 83 cases of corona virus, including one death. However, experts suspect the low number of cases in Burundi is due to the country’s inability to test on a large scale.

Burundi has refused to apply measures to blockade or social distance as recommended by WHO. The Burundi government even expelled the WHO corona virus working group.

Earlier, a spokesman for the late President Nkurunziza in March even declared “Burundi signed a special agreement with God” to help protect the country from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr. Nkurunziza served as Burundi president from 2005 until his death.

Earlier, Mr. Nkurunziza was forced to give up power after 15 years of rule by his ruling party opponents CNDD-FDD. Nkurunziza is expected to leave the presidency in August, leaving the position to General Evariste Ndayishimiye, who won the general election held in May.