AU probes shooting of Burundi activist Mbonimpa


Pierre Claver Mbonimpa

African Union Commission chairperson, Dr Dlamini Zuma, has spoken on the murder attempt made on the life of a top rights activist in Burundi, Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa.

“It’s sad to learn of an attempt on the life of Civil Society activist Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, in Burundi! This is most regrettable,” Zuma said in a statement.

“I wish Mr. Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa a speedy recovery from the gunshot injuries.”

Mbonimpa was shot last evening in the capital Bujumbura as he returned home by an unknown gunman riding on a motorcycle.

He was rushed to Polyclinique hospital and put in intensive care.

He lost a lot of blood and was not in a good shape, family members confirmed later in the night.

Mbonimpa shooting came after the assassination of

General Adolphe Nshimirimana and his bodyguards took place on Sunday, 2 August 2015, in Bujumbura.

Speaking on the assassination, Zuma called on all Burundians to exercise utmost restraint, not be provoked and to refrain from any acts of retaliation that would only further escalate and complicate the already bad situation.

She urged the Burundian government, the opposition political parties and civil society to work very closely together to find a lasting solution to the current crisis.

Zuma said AU was still committed to peace and security for all in Burundi.

Yet, a day after, a civil society member survived a murder plot.

Zuma has called on the government of Burundi to also investigate this attempted murder and all other such killings.

“AU Human Rights and Military Observers are on the ground in Burundi to assist with investigations following the unrest, on AUPSC request.”

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