Government in Burundi has announced the demise death of her President H.E Pierre Nkurunziza.
According to a State document, President Nkurunziza died of Cardiac Arrest (Heart Attack) at the age of 55years moments after he was hospitalized on Saturday after feeling unwell.
His condition then improved but on Monday he had a cardiac arrest and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Born on December 18th, 1964, Nkurunziza was elected the president of Burundi on August 26,2005 a position he has held up to date. He married his dearly wife Denise Bucumi in 1994.
He was the Chairman of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (NCDD-FDD) party, the ruling party, until he was elected as President of Burundi.
In 2015, Nkurunziza contested for a third term which caused tensions among the opposition political groups in Burundi and some members of the NCDD-FDD opposed to his life presidency. This move termed him a Dictator, greedy leader both in Burundi and to international countries. Burundi later went into a referendum to decide whether he should rule for another term of office.
Amidst opposition protests, Nkurunziza was reelected to a third term in the July 2015 presidential election.
However, On 7 June 2018, Nkurunziza announced that he would not seek another term when his current term ends in 2020.
Government in Burundi welcomed his idea and accepted to give him a title of ‘Supreme Leader’ (Supreme Guide to Patriotism) and giving him a luxury villa retirement package worth $540,000.
In May this year, Burundi went into a hotly contested election between Evarest Ndayishimiye of the ruling party NCDD-FDD and Oppositions Agathon Rwasa among other candidates. Ndayishimiye was declared a winner although the catholic church and opposition didn’t accept the results.
Pierre Nkurunziza died of cardiac arrest today 9th June 2020.