Former President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi has been laid to rest in Gitega the administrative capital of the East African country. The entire state funeral process was conducted on Friday.
Mourners gathered at Ingoma Stadium under the scotching sun, they were placed according to their provinces of origin.
Military Generals entered the stadium marching to the rhythm of the brass band. In the middle of them, was coffin wrapped in the Burundi Flag carrying the remains of the late Pierre Nkurunziza, the former President of Burundi.
Emotions were so high as mourners sobbed repeatedly. People burst into tears.
President Evariste Ndayishimiye took to the podium and said that he recalled the bush war years with Nkurunziza; “He taught me a lot about Sogokuru (Grandpa). We discussed at length.” The president broke down in tears while giving his speech but managed to gather his strength.
The coffin is placed in front of the grandstand and People were in total shock. The former First Lady, Denise Nkurunziza, sat next to Maj. Gen. Ndayishimiye the successor to her husband.
She was very calm and full of praise for her late husband; “There are people whom we have lost and whom we have not buried, there are some who have lost theirs but have not been able bury them, they know how much it hurts. We had the grace; I would like to express my gratitude before the funeral. ”
“Don’t cry for the deceased, but rather cry for yourselves. Now is the time for self-examination. Ask yourself: what am I doing? Where am I in my responsibilities?” She said.
Denise Nkurunziza was accompanied by her four children, along with her older son Kelly, in full military uniform, arrived at the stadium serene. At the warrior’s monument, on Musinzira hill, Denise Nkurunziza and the children saluted the body of the deceased.
The late President was honoured with a 21 gun salute as per protocol.