The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned the assassination of Hafsa Mossi, former Burundian Minister for East African Community Affairs and Member of the East African Legislative Assembly, in Bujumbura this morning.
He extended his deepest condolences to Ms. Mossi’s family.
“This despicable act of violence only serves to promote divisions, entrench mistrust, and destabilize the country,” Ban Ki-moon said.
The Secretary-General reiterated the need to intensify efforts to find a negotiated settlement to the crisis in Burundi and calls on all parties concerned to engage fully and in good faith in the peace process led by the East African Community (EAC).
The United Nations will continue to provide assistance to the EAC-led dialogue process and its Facilitator, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E. Mr. Benjamin Mkapa.
Amnesty calls for investigation
Amnesty International is calling for immediate and thorough investigation of the brutal murder of Burundi’s former information minister.
The former broadcaster-turned MP was shot by unknown assailants at eastern Mutanga in Burujumbura city near her home yesterday.
In a statement, Ms Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa says in a statement that Mossi’s murder must be promptly, independently and impartially investigated, and those reasonably suspected of responsibility held to account in fair trials.
Mossi had been one of Burundi’s representatives in the East African Legislative Assembly since 2012, and had previously worked as a journalist at the BBC’s Swahili Service.