Sunday, January 24We Break the News

Tag: President Pierre Nkurunziza burial

AFRICA: Masses gather to bid farewell to former Burundi president at state funeral.

AFRICA: Masses gather to bid farewell to former Burundi president at state funeral.

AFRICA
Thousands of Burundians clad in white gathered Friday in the capital Gitega to say a final goodbye to former president Pierre Nkurunziza at a state funeral after his sudden death earlier this month.The coffin carrying the late president arrived at a stadium in the city, covered in the green, red and white national flag and borne atop a military jeep, as soldiers marched in step alongside it.The funeral convoy was welcomed by a military band after a 60-kilometre (37-mile) journey from the city of Karusi where Nkurunziza, 55, died on June 8 of what the government said was heart failure. However speculation is rife he may have caught the coronavirus, as his wife had been flown to Nairobi for treatment for the virus just two weeks prior.The ceremonies began early in the morning with a "hom...
AFRICA: Burundi pays last respect to Nkurunziza ahead of burial.

AFRICA: Burundi pays last respect to Nkurunziza ahead of burial.

AFRICA
The burial of former Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza will take place today in the administrative capital Gitega, government announced. There is a solemn, somber mood in the capital and other parts of the country as the man who led the country for the last 15 years is given his final send-off. Government has urged the public to line up along the road from Karusi hospital where he died, to Gitega stadium, for the last honours. Photos shared by the presidency, Ntare Rushatsi House, showed the presidential couple and widow Denise Bucumi present at the hospital when the remains of Nkurunziza was collected. The burial comes 18 days after government reported the death of the 55-year-old from “cardiac arrest.” At the time, he was preparing to hand over power to Evariste Ndayishimiye ...