Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, aged 55, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest, the government says.
He was admitted to hospital on Saturday after feeling unwell, his condition improved but on Monday he had a cardiac arrest and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, officials say.
The government of Burundi announced on Tuesday the “unexpected death” of Pierre Nkurunziza, outgoing president of Burundi, who died at the Fiftieth Anniversary Hospital in Karuzi, following a “cardiac arrest”.
During the night of Saturday to Sunday, Nkurunziza “felt faint and quickly went to the hospital in Karuzi to be treated”. Although, an official statement had stated that “his health improved” on Sunday, he suffered a cardiac arrest Monday morning.
What led to his death?
Nkurunziza is on record for saying that there was no #Covid-19 in his country and vividly disregarded all measures announced by WHO aimed at stopping the spread of this pandemic.
Outgoing President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, is a very sick man after he tested positive with #Covid-19 –local media reported on Monday. The outgoing first lady Denise Nkurunziza is also reportedly recovering at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. “She sent a recorded audio message saying she was responding very well to treatment,” a source said, adding she shared the message on WhatsApp.
The longtime outgoing president (2005 -2020) stepped aside from running in the 20 May elections, even though he technically could have presented himself as a candidate.
“Immediate resuscitation was undertaken by a multidisciplinary team of doctors for several hours with cardio-respiratory assistance,” said the Burundian government. But “the medical team was unable to recover the patient
Yesterday, Burundi’s government announced a week-long of mourning for the man intended to remain as "Supreme Guide of Patriotism" after his retirement. He was also due to receive a $540,000 retirement pay and a luxury villa.
Nkurunziza was loved and feared by many in equal measure, one, for his efforts in restoring peace in Burundi after the civil war and his stun political decisions.