Ugandan flags at all government installations in an outside the country will fly at half-mast starting tomorrow Saturday, in honour of fallen Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.
This is in accordance with a directive by President Yoweri Museveni, who on Friday paid homage to the departed counterpart.
Museveni in a communique, described the late Nkurunziza as a true friend of Uganda and a champion of the East African integration.
He also termed the sudden death of the Burundian leader as shocking.
“I hereby order that the flag of the Republic of Uganda and that of the East African Community be flown at half-mast throughout Uganda and at all Uganda embassies and consular offices abroad from tomorrow the 13. June 2020 until burial,” Museveni directed.
“President Nkurunziza was a true friend of Uganda and a champion of the East African integration; his country and the region will miss his talents and the invaluable contribution he was well-positioned to make towards the consolidation of peace and stability in Burundi and in the region, following his departure from office in a few months’ time.”
Museveni’s directive follows that of Kenya’s Uhuru Kinyatta who also ordered for his country’s flags to fly at half mast in honor of the fallen leader.
Nkurunziza died on Tuesday 9th June 2020.
Although the State declared that he died of cardiac arrest, there have been rumours that he could have had COVID-19 since his wife is suffering from the same.
Nkurunziza who has been in power for 15 years was set to hand over the presidency to new leader Evariste Ndyayishimiye in August this year.