President Yoweri Museveni has ordered that the Uganda Flag and that of the East African Community (EAC) be flown at half-mast effective tomorrow, Saturday, in memory of Burundi’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza who died this week.
On Saturday afternoon, Nkurunziza was attending a volleyball match but shortly afterwards, he started feeling unwell. He was then rushed to Fiftieth Anniversary Hospital in Karuzi, in the north of the country.
On the next day, Sunday according to a government statement, he felt better and was able receive some visitors at the hospital.
But on Monday morning, he had a heart attack, after which his condition declined rapidly. Despite hours of frantic medical treatment, doctors were unable to revive him.
President Museveni who in his condolence message to the people of Burundi described Nkurunziza as “a true friend” to Uganda, said the deceased strived for the integration of East Africa.
“President Nkurunziza was a true friend of Uganda and a champion of the East African integration; his country and the region will miss his talents and the invaluable contribution he was well-positioned to make towards the consolidation of peace and stability in Burundi and in the region, following his departure from office in a few months’ time,” says the President in his message.
“As an expression of our solidarity with the Government and people of Burundi, and as a mark of respect for the memory of President Nkurunziza, I hereby order that the flag of the Republic of Uganda and that of the East African Community be flown at half-mast throughout Uganda and at all Uganda embassies and consular offices abroad from tommorow the 13thJune 2020 until burial,” adds the President.
Nkurunziza died after 15 years in office only two months to the awaited handover to the President-elect, Gen Evariste Ndayishimiye, scheduled for August this year.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.