Fr. Silas also remembers President Nkurunziza as a man who encouraged the planting of trees in Burundi.
“After becoming President, (Nkurunziza) had a project to plant trees in the country and seeing him join other Burundians Plant trees was very nice,” the Burundian Cleric said.
Recalling the 15-year presidency of Nkurunziza, Augustin Katihabwa, a Catholic Christian based in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura told ACI Africa, “It was very painful hearing the news about the death of President Nkurunziza.”
He added, “The first 10 years of his leadership were successful because he respected the constitution of Burundi. But there were many cases of killings, tortures, kidnapping, and disappearance of citizens during his leadership.”
“Death is our destination and it's not the end of the human being because there will be a resurrection. In everything we do, happiness will never depend on what we eat, drink, and areas visited, but what we did matter. Good actions pay positively and vice versa,” Augustin said during the Tuesday, June 9 interview with ACI Africa.
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Meanwhile, the President-elect, Ndayishimiye posted on Twitter in reference to the late President, “He leaves us a legacy that we will never forget and we will continue his high-quality work that he has done for our country, Burundi,”
Controversy surrounds the cause of President Nkurunziza’s death with Burundian human rights activists linking it to COVID-19 and calling for “real investigation.”
“The coronavirus kills many Burundians to the silence of the government. We would like Nkurunziza's death to be a moment of awakening about this serious pandemic in Burundi. We then call for a real investigation into the reasons for the president's death,” human rights activist, Pacifique Nininahazwe has been quoted as saying in an interview.
Burundi is reportedly the only African nation that has not so far enacted any significant policy to contain the spread of COVID-19. In fact, the government went on to expel from the country the World Health Organization team that was tasked with helping the East African nation respond to the pandemic. The recent general elections were conducted amid COVID-19.
The late President Nkurunziza’s wife, Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza is currently admitted at Nairobi’s Aga Khan University Hospital after contracting COVID-19, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported.
Various African Heads of State have expressed their solidarity with the citizens of Burundi following the death of President Nkurunziza, offering prayer.
“May his soul rest in the hands of Almighty God whom he so diligently served,” says President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Felix Tshisekedi has said, “On behalf of the Congolese people and in my own name, I present my deepest condolences to the Burundian people, as well as to the biological family of the deceased. May his soul rest in peace.”