Buyoya death evokes dark Burundi past

Arusha. Former Burundi leader Pierre Buyoya – who has just died from Covid-19, according to close relatives – may have been entrusted with some duties often reserved for retired African statesmen. At the time of his death in Paris, France, on Thursday, Buyoya had just resigned as the African Union’s special envoy to the Sahel and Mali. But the former army general is not to be honourably mourned by a section of the Burundi people for his share in the country’s recent bloody history. He came to power twice through the barrel of a gun – each time with his leadership marred by bloodshed that claim…

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