| Pierre Nkurunziza |
(politician, COVID-19/Premature death)
|Born||18 December 1964|
|Died||8 June 2020 (Age 55)|
Cause of death
|Victim of||premature death|
The longest-ruling President of Burundi. Died suddenly in 2020 after expelling the WHO team and refusing to impose restrictions as a response to COVID-19.
Pierre Nkurunziza was the longest-ruling President of Burundi. He died suddenly in 2020. In his obituary, Vava Tampa wrote for The Guardian that his "15-year-rule, particularly towards the end, was marked by brutal repression."
Pierre Nkurunziza was a friend of the President of Tanzania, John Magufuli (who died in March 2021) and who was similarly sceptical about the WHO's Covid-19 recommendations and refused to institute a COVID-19 lockdown.
Sudden illness and death
Nkurunziza was suddenly taken seriously ill after attending a volleyball match on the night of Saturday 6 June. Local media reported that "Nkurunziza is in the hospital in Karusi suffering from COVID-19".
"He deteriorated very quickly", and he died on 8 June. The next day he was officially reported to have died of a "heart attack" although MSN noted that he "died of Covid-19, diplomatic sources in Bujumbura and Nairobi confirmed."