Pierre Buyoya: Burundi ex-president dies of COVID-19

Pierre Buyoya: Burundi ex-president dies of COVID-19

- Burundi has lost its former president, Pierre Buyoya, to COVID-19

- Buyoya died in Paris, France on Thursday, December 17

- The former African leader was famous for upholding democracy in his country

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Burundi's former president, Pierre Buyoya, was on Friday, December 18, confirmed dead by some of his family members.

After being hospitalised on Wednesday, December 16, in Bamako, Mali's capital, Buyoya died of COVID-19 complications in the night of Thursday, December 17, Channels TV reports.

His death came just weeks after he resigned as the African Union (AU)’s special envoy to Mali and the Sahel.

Pierre Buyoya: Burundi ex-president dies of COVID-19
Pierre Buyoya died in Paris while being rushed to a hospital in an ambulance (Photo: @PierreBuyoya)
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Late Buyoya will always be remembered for promoting the principles of democracy in the African nation where he was later accused of being involved in his successor’s assassination.

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A relative said he was rushed to Paris on Thursday, but died while still in an ambulance.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that former President Jerry John Rawlings was dead.

According to a report sighted by Legit.ng, Rawlings died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after suffering a certain ailment.

He was said to have been on admission at the hospital for an undisclosed illness and passed on in the early hours of Thursday, November 12, 2020. The former president died at age 73.

In an earlier report, Legit.ng gathered that Rawlings turned 73 on Monday, June 22, 2020.

And as part of celebrations to mark his birth date, he reached out to the less privileged in the society in celebration.

Ahead of the celebration, the former president delegated a team to make donations of PPEs and other relief items to the Pantang Hospital, Mawuvio Outreach Orphanage at Ayikuma, and the Accra Psychiatric Hospital.

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A video sighted by Legit.ng saw packages of provisions being distributed to vendors and other less privileged persons along the Fiesta Royale Traffic Lights, and the Kawukudi Junction.

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