H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union CommissionDr Dlamini Zuma has mourned the passing of Burundi president, Pierre Nkurunziza’s close aid and army general.
Adolphe Nshimirimana, was the de facto internal security chief and even considered the regime’s number-two.
Police and witnesses said General Nshimirimana’s pick-up was hit by two rockets and sprayed with automatic gunfire in the capital on Sunday morning, and he was later confirmed dead, along with his driver.
The presidency’s communications chief Willy Nyamitwe confirmed the general, a former army chief of staff and intelligence chief, had been killed.
General Nshimirimana was seen as the mastermind behind the crackdown on the protests as well as a key player in foiling the coup attempt.
In a condolence message, Zuma said she was horrified at the killing of Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana, Burundi’s Intelligence Service Head and his bodyguards today in Bujumbura.
“My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased, and to the Government and people of Burundi,” Zuma said in a message.
“I strongly condemn this barbaric act that is likely to further destabilise Burundi, and call on Burundians to exercise utmost restraint.”
She asked Burundians to remain calm not be provoked; refrain from acts of retaliation that would further escalate the current delicate situation.
She also urged the Burundi government, opposition political parties and civil society to work closely to find a lasting solution to the current crisis.
“The AU remains commitment to working with all parties to help bring back peace and stability to Burundi and end the suffering of its people.”