Spokesman of Burundi’s Union for Peace and Development shot and killed

By Editorial Board - 10 September 2015 at 3:49 pm
Police keep an eye on the crowds who gathered for the funeral procession of Emmanuel Ndere Yimana, an opposition supporter assassinated Wednesday July 21 2015, in Bujumbura, Burundi, Thursday July 22, 2015. Yimana is believed to be another victim of electoral violence targeting those opposed to president Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in office that opponents says is unconstitutional. Results for Tuesday's election will be announced Friday with Nkurunziza likely to win a third term after some opposition groups boycotted the polls and the main opposition figure Agathon Rwasa saying security forces frustrated his campaign.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

AP Photo/Jerome Delay

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

Gahungu’s wife, Clemence Nsabiyimbona, stated on Tuesday that her husband was ambushed at about 22:30 local time when he was on his way home.

Nsabiyimbona said that her husband was at a bar close to their home. She heard a spatter of gunshots for a short time then was informed that he had been killed. Nsabiyimbona decided to walk to the scene of the incident where she found neighbours and her husband who had already passed away.

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

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

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