On behalf of the Authority of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), I would like to express my profound sadness and sincere condolences to the family, the Government, and the People of Burundi, following the sudden demise of His Excellency President Pierre Nkurunziza.
The late President was a member of the COMESA Authority of Heads of State and Government and a compassionate passionate supporter of our regional integration, in which Burundi is an active member. During his stewardship of the country, Burundi has collaborated with COMESA and equally benefitted through implementation of programmes geared towards socio-economic development of the country.
Secretary General Chileshe Kapwepwe signs the book of condolences at the Burundian Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia
In particular, his efforts in peace building and security has contributed significantly to regional peace and most importantly, to the stabilization of Burundi since the signing of the Arusha Peace Accord in 2005. His commitment to post-conflict reconstruction has seen Burundi enjoy a period of peace and deepening of democracy.
Before his demise, President Nkurunziza accomplished one of the most important political processes that underpins peace and security, and a perquisite for economic growth and development by overseeing democratic elections as he prepared to relinquish power and handover to a democratically elected successor.
To ensure, this was achieved, the late President mobilized local resources and diligently endeavored, against diverse challenges, to successfully manage his succession. The people of Burundi, the COMESA region and Africa in general will always remember him for the contribution he made to his country, our region and our continent. We pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace.”
Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe
COMESA Secretary General