Kenyatta on Friday ordered that the Kenyan flag and that of the East African
Community shall be flown at half-mast from Saturday until sunset on the day Burundian
President Pierre Nkurunziza will be buried.
Presidential proclamation, the Head of State noted that the same shall be
observed at all public buildings, grounds and all of Kenya’s Diplomatic
"In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in
the Republic of Burundi, the wider EAC and the whole of Africa who are in deep
mourning at the loss of a Great Son of Africa I, Uhuru Kenyatta, under the
authority vested in me as the President of the Republic of Kenya, do hereby
order and direct that 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 from dawn on Saturday, 13 until sunset on
the day of his interment," said President Kenyatta.
In his condolence message, President Kenyatta termed the
outgoing Burundi leader as an outstanding regional counterpart who served his
country with distinction as Head of State and Government, and worked tirelessly
for the peace and stability of his country and the Great Lakes Region.
President Kenyatta said death had robbed East Africa of a
prominent leader whose contribution to the integration and progress of the
region shall be sorely missed and prayed for God's calming comfort as the
family, the people of Burundi and indeed East Africans mourn their departed
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Nkurunziza died unexpectedly on June 8, 2020, at the
Fiftieth Anniversary Hospital in Karuzi, aged 55.
The Burundi government noted that he was admitted to hospital
on Saturday but he suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday.
Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. His death occurred
after the 2020 elections but ahead of the projected hand-over of power in
It had been intended that he would continue to remain prominent in public life as "Supreme Guide of Patriotism".