Outgoing Burundi’s president passes on as his wife is hospitalised in Kenya

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 19:48 | By
Nkurunziza and his wife Denise. PHOTO/COURTESY

Outgoing Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has died.

His wife Denise Bucumi is hospitalised at Aga Khan hospital Nairobi, receiving treatment for Covid-19.

According to a statement by the state house of Burundi, Mr. Nkurunziza died of a heart attack on June 8.

"The outgoing president was taken ill on Saturday afternoon after attending a volleyball match," says Burundi State House.

He appeared as though he would recover soon but his health deteriorated Monday morning.

Mr. Nkurunziza died at a hospital in Karuzi which is located in eastern side of Burundi.

Following his death, Burundi has announced seven days of mourning.

The First Lady of Burundi Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza is receiving treatment for Covid-19 at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.

Denise Nkurunziza was flown to Nairobi towards the end of May.

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