Burundian citizens Monday commemorated the 21st anniversary of the death of former Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira, who was killed in a plane crash on April 6, 1994, one day before the horrible 1994 Rwanda genocide.
Ntaryamira was aboard the presidential jet of former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana who was coming from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and preparing to land on Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, when the plane was hit by an unidentified missile.
All top officials aboard the plane died along with the two presidents.
The ceremony was marked by two major events including a mass at Regina Mundi Cathedral in the Burundian capital Bujumbura and the laying of wreaths of flowers on the tomb of Ntaryamira and on tombs of two ministers who died along with him in a plane crash.
During the ceremony, Monsignor Evariste Ngoyagoye, Archbishop of Bujumbura Archdiocese, said the commemoration of Ntaryamira’s death happens one day after Easter, stressing that Christians believe that “death does not have the last word” on people and added that the dead will one day resuscitate.”
He stressed that justice and truth will eternally triumph.
Ngoyagoye said that the late president was a good man who wanted unity amongst Burundian citizens.
Ntaryamira was a farming engineer and had ruled Burundi for only two months as he was sworn-in as the president of a transition government in the east African nation on Feb. 5, 1994.
21 years after the plane crash, circumstances surrounding the accident have not yet been elucidated. Enditem