The former President of Burundi, Pierre Buyoya, has died of coronavirus in Paris, weeks after resigning as a special envoy of the African Union to Mali and the Sahel.
AFP announced that at the age of 71, Buyoya, who is credited with helping to foster democracy in the small African country but is accused of being involved in the assassination of his successor, died.
A family member said;
He was evacuated yesterday afternoon to Paris. His plane made a stopover and arrived in the evening in France.
He died as the ambulance took him to hospital in Paris for treatment
Buyoya died just two months after being accused of the 1993 murder of a successor in absentia by a court in Burundi, a killing that sparked more than a decade of ethnic bloodletting.
Buyoya had been living in Mali at the time of his death. An official at the Pasteur Clinic in Bamako, the Malian capital, told Reuters that Buyoya had been treated there before being evacuated overnight to Paris. He didn’t provide any further details.
A member of the Tutsi minority who held power in Burundi for decades after the country’s independence from Belgium in 1962, Buyoya served as president for a total of 13 years over two terms, from 1987-1993 and from 1996-2003.