Former Burundi EAC minister Hafsa Mossi shot dead

Wednesday July 13 2016

Burundi’s former Minister for EAC Affairs Hafsa Mossi at a function in Nairobi. She has been shot dead outside her home in Bujumbura. FILE PHOTO | FREDRICK ONYANGO

Former Burundi minister for East African Community (EAC) Affairs Hafsa Mossi has been shot dead by unknown gunmen outside her home in Bujumbura.

“She was near her home and a tinted car knocked her from behind, she went out to see what happened and was shot twice,” a close relative told The EastAfrican.

Ms Mossi was the current chair of the East African Legislative Assembly Burundi chapter and had played a critical role in Burundi’s integration to the EAC.

She was the first Burundi East African Community minister and had been conducting sensitisation workshops with the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Burundi chapter with different stakeholders at the grassroots level on the benefits of the East African Integration to Burundi.

The killing follows a series of targeted killings of top government officers by unknown armed groups.

Since the crisis began last year, more than 500 people have been killed and thousands have fled the country for fear of their lives after protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s move to run for a third term last year.