Nkurunziza’s widow, Bucumi returns to Burundi following husband’s death

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Burundi's First Lady Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza returned to Bujumbura, last evening. Courtesy Photo/File
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AT Reporter

Burundi’s First lady Denise Bucumi, who had been recovering from the ‘coronavirus’ in a Nairobi hospital, flew back to Bujumbura late Tuesday, the BBC reported.

Her return came just hours after the Burundian government announced that her husband had died at the Karusi Fiftieth Anniversary Hospital following a cardiac arrest.

According to the BBC, who quoted an unnamed source, Mrs. Nkurunziza was discharged from the private hospital on Tuesday.

Denise Nkurunziza had been airlifted to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi on Thursday last week following a government-to-government agreement using Amref’s acquired portable isolation chamber, which is an innovative medical unit and transportation system designed for optimal safety during patient loading and transport.

According to Kenya’s Daily Nation, Mrs. Nkurunziza was being treated at the Aga Khan University Hospital for COVID-19 and an underlying condition. An official at the presidency, however, denied speculation that she had been receiving treatment for COVID-19, the BBC said.

Mrs. Nkurunziza, a mother of five and devout Christian, is popular in the country for her philanthropic work through her foundation called Buntu.

Nkurunziza, 55, who was due to step down in August after 15 years in power, will be succeeded by Maj Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye who won the May 20 presidential election.

A statement from the Government of Burundi said the country would starting Tuesday, June 9 observe seven days of mourning to mark Nkurunziza’s death.

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