Burundi’s opposition leader Patrice Gahungu shot dead in Bujumbura

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Patrice Gahungu, spokesman of Burundi’s Union for Peace and Development (UPD-Zigamibanga) opposition party, was shot dead on Monday night, on his way home at Gasenyi in the capital Bujumbura.

Clemence Nsabiyimbona, wife of Gahungu, said on Tuesday in Bujumbura that her husband was ambushed around 22:30 on his way home.

She said the husband was coming from a bar close to the house, when she heard a lot of gunshots for a short time and was informed that he was killed.

Nsabiyimbona said she walked to the place of the ambush, along with her neighbours, and found that Gahungu had already died.

“The assassination of my husband must be politically motivated as two windows of his car were damaged by bullets.

“My husband is alone in the car when he was ambushed in a road turn, just about 200 meters to his house,” she said.

On May 23, UPD Chairman Zedi Feruzi was also killed near his house in Ngagara neighbourhood in the capital Bujumbura and his killers have not yet been identified.

UPD-Zigamibanga is one of the main opposition parties in the east African nation.

Most opposition leaders have fled the country as they are the target of killings.

Since late April with the beginning of protests against the third term bid of President Pierre Nkurunziza, the Burundian civil society reported that more than 100 people had been killed, mainly in the capital, Bujumbura.

Meanwhile, the residents in Kamenge and Cibitoke neighborhoods in the north of Bujumbura said they discovered four bodies on Tuesday morning.

Pierre Nkurikiye, Police Deputy-Spokesman, said that a dead body found at the sixth avenue in Cibitoke, was identified as a driver at the head office of the ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD).

He said that the other corpse discovered in Nyabagere River was identified as that of a bus driver in Musaga in the south of Bujumbura.

Residents in Kamenge indicated that two other corpses were discovered behind the fence of the Kamenge Youths’ Center.


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