Kenyan and EAC flags to fly at half-mast in honor of late Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza

Late Burundian pesident Pierre Nkurunziza PHOTO COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday directed that all Kenyan and the East African Community flags be flown at half-mast from Saturday, in solidarity with Burundi following the death of president Pierre Nkurunziza.

Through a Presidential proclamation, president Kenyatta said the flags shall fly at half-mast at all public buildings, grounds, and all of Kenya’s embassies abroad until the late Burundi president is buried.

“In memory of the Late President Pierre Nkurunziza, and in solemn solidarity and mourning; the Flag of the East African Community and the Flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half-mast at all Public Buildings and Public Grounds and wherever else throughout the entire territory of the Republic of Kenya and at all of Kenya’s Diplomatic Missions abroad; from dawn on Saturday, 13th June 2020 until sunset on the day of his interment,” president Kenyatta, directed.

Nzurunziza, 55, died unexpectedly on Monday at a hospital in Burundi in what the Burundi government said was from a heart attack.

Reports later disputed the cause of his death, instead insisting that he had died of the deadly COVID-19.

At the time of his death, Nkurunziza’s wife was lying at the Nairobi hospital in Kenya after she was flown in from Burundi where she had tested positive for the virus.

Kenyatta described Nkurunziza as a great son of Africa who was held with immense respect and esteem by the people of East Africa and the world, and who had contributed in advancing integration and prosperity of the East African Community (EAC)