Burundi’s former President dies in Brussels

Ime Njoku

Burundi’s former President, Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, has died in hospital in the Belgian Capital, Brussels after a protracted illness. Burundi’s President Nkurunziza tweeted.

Colonel Jean-Baptiste Bagaza (born 29 August 1946) was a Burundian politician who was Chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Council in Burundi until November 10, 1976, and President from November 10, 1976 to September 3, 1987. While travelling abroad, Bagaza was deposed in a military coup d’état. Much of the country’s infrastructure and industry was built up during this time and it was one of the most stable periods in the country’s post-independence history.

Much of the country’s infrastructure and industry was built up during this time and it was one of the most stable periods in the country’s post-independence history.

He was replaced as president by Pierre Buyoya, and went into exile in Uganda and later went to Libya, where he lived until 1993. Since 1994, he has led the Party for National Recovery (PARENA). He died as a Senator for life as a former head of state.

Current President Pierre Nkurunziza tweeted his “condolences to his family and all Burundians” in French: