I have received news of the passing on of H.E. Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, with profound shock and utter disbelief.

This untimely death is not only a huge loss for Burundi and the Burundian people, but also for the Great Lakes Region, which has lost one of its sons.

On behalf of staff at the Secretariat and on my own behalf, I wish to extend sincere condolences to the family of the late President Nkurunziza, to his Political family the CNDD-FDD, the Government as well as the people of the Republic of Burundi.

I pray that God may grant fortitude to the bereaved family and the Burundian People.

May his soul rest in peace.

Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita

Executive Secretary

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