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Burundi Minister, Niyonkuru, Shot Dead

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RIP: Emmanuel Niyonkuru
RIP: Emmanuel Niyonkuru

    By: Claver Ndushabandi

  • Jan 1,2017
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Burundi Police have commenced investigations into circumstances under which the country’s Water, Environment and Planning Minister Emmanuel Niyonkuru, 54, was gunned down on Sunday morning.

Police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said in a tweet the incident occurred shortly after midnight as the minister was returning home.

“Minister of water and environment killed by a criminal with a gun on his way home to Rohero, around 00:45,” said Nkurikiye.

The killing underlines the growing level of insecurity in Burundi.

Over 500 people have been killed since President Pierre Nkurunziza sought a controversial third term in 2015.

In July 2016, former Burundi government minister Hafsa Mossi was shot dead in Bujumbura.

Army officers have as well been attacked and killed by unknown gunmen on the streets of Bujumbura.

Opposition forces have since urged Nkurunziza to step down or face armed resistance.

While no one has claimed responsibility for Niyonkuru’s murder, police said a woman is under custody to help in investigations.

President Pierre Nkurunziza offered his condolences to the bereaved family, saying, “This crime will not go unpunished.”

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