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EALA Calls for Independent Investigations into Hasfa Mossi Assassination

EALA MPs on Thursday held a special sitting in honor of Hafsa Mossi

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has highlighted the need for the Burundian government to institute independent investigations into the gruesome murder of former legislator Hasfa Mossi.

The call was made Thursday during a special sitting in Arusha, store http://companyimpact.com/modules/mod_articles_categories/tmpl/default_items.php Tanzania in honour of Mossi who was murdered last week by unknown assailants in Eastern Mutanga in Bujumbura.

The legislators asked that investigations be undertaken by a credible organization(s) to unearth the killers of the late Hon Mossi, http://cenariospizza.com/wp-admin/includes/image-edit.php while remaining resolute that peace, http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/number.php security and stability should be immediately restored in Burundi.

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They condemned the act of killing the legislator, urging the Summit of EAC Heads of State to ensure the on-going mediation deliberations are taken seriously by all parties. 

“The Assembly calls upon the Summit of the East African Community Heads of State to reign in their powers and authority and take such stern measures as to ensure that both sides in Burundi take the ongoing mediation efforts seriously so that peace, security and stability are restored in the said country in shortest time possible”, Read a section of the resolution made by the legislators.

Hon Peter Mathuki, the mover of the Resolution condemning the killing of the late Hon Hafsa Mossi

Hon Peter Mathuki, the mover of the Resolution condemning the killing of the late Hon Hafsa Mossi

The House was unanimous that the use of political assassinations or murder as a tool to settle political differences was not only myopic, cowardly and despicable but that it had no place in the political dispensation of the modern world of democracy, freedom of expression and association.

In the regard, EALA underscored the need for the Government of Burundi to put in place security measures that ensure safety of lives and property of all people irrespective of their political leanings.

The Resolution notes that a spate of targeted murders of political leaders and politically active citizens have been realized on both sides of the political divide since the country plunged into a political crisis resultant from the controversial Presidential elections held in July 2015.

The Resolution further calls upon the EAC Secretariat to monitor, assess and report to the EALA at its next Plenary Sitting in August, on the safety and security situation in Burundi.

Hon. Mossi is survived by three daughters, Nahimana Astona, Nahimana Dada and Semanyenzi Ummu-Aiman.

A section of Members at the tree-planting ceremony in honour of the late Hon Hafsa Mossi

A section of Members at the tree-planting ceremony in honour of the late Hon Hafsa Mossi

She was elected as a Member of EALA in 2012. At time of death, the late Hafsa Mossi was the Chapter Chair of Members of Burundi and Chairperson of the Assembly’s Women’s caucus.

Prior to her election, Mossi, then Minister for EAC Affairs in the Republic of Burundi since 2010, had played a critical role in Burundi’s integration into the EAC.

She joined Government in 2007 then as Minister for Information, Communication, Relations with Parliament and Government Spokesperson.  She was also a politician and a Member of the CNDD-FDD party in Burundi.

She is a former journalist and national correspondent broadcasting for the British Broadcasting Corporation Swahili Service, having had stints in Bujumbura and London.

During the debate, the entire House eulogized Hon Mossi as a peace maker and said her death was a big blow to Burundi, the Assembly and the EAC in totality.

The Minister for EAC, Burundi, Hon Leontine Nzeyimana assured the House the Government of Burundi was investigating the matter and appealed to the Assembly not to isolate the country.

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