AU condemns the death of Burundian Minister of water, environment

African Union denounces assassination of Emmanuel Niyonkuru, Burundian Minister of water, Environment and planning who became first serving government minister to be killed since political instability began in 2015.

Niyonkuru, 54, was shot dead by an unknown assassin early Sunday morning in the capital Bujumbura by a man armed with a firearm, while he was going to his home in Rohero, around 00:45 as confirmed by Burundian police.

“Learned with sadness the assassination of a Burundi Cabinet Minister, H.E. Emmanuel Niyonkuru, in Bujumbura, on New Year’s Eve…,I strongly condemn this barbaric act and heinous crime, and call on the Government of Burundi to investigate it and bring the perpetrators to justice.” AU commission chairperson, Dr Dlamini Zuma said.

In AU press release condemns the assassination and other targeted assassinations, and violence activities in the country. The AU chairperson, Dr Dlamini Zuma called on government to initiate independent and credible investigation over the assassination.

The president Pierre Nkurunziza tweeted the news of his appointee’s death on Sunday morning assuring that the crime was not going to go unpunished.

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