Burundi marks 24th anniversary of assassination of first Hutu president


Burundians on Saturday commemorated the 24th anniversary of the assassination of late Burundian leader Melchior Ndadaye, the first popularly elected Hutu president who was killed 102 days after being sworn in as head of state.

Ndadaye’s death, on Oct. 21, 1993, sparked inter-ethnic violence that killed at least 300,000, according to the United Nations.

Ceremonies of remembering Ndadaye took place in all towns at the district level.

In the east African country’s capital Bujumbura, ceremonies, attended by current president Pierre Nkurunziza, Ndadaye’s family members, other senior officials and diplomats, started with services at Regina Mundi Cathedral and continued at the Palace of Democracy Martyrs, where flowers were laid on Ndadaye’s tomb.

The widow of Ndadaye on Saturday urged the judiciary to pursue the case until responsibilities in the killing of her husband are established.

“We want the case proceedings to resume afresh and establish responsibilities in the killing of President Ndadaye and we believe that it is possible,” she said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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