The former Burundian minister and close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza, Hafsa Mossi was killed on Wednesday in the capital Bujumbura.
The Public Information Officer of the Burundi National Police, Pierre Nkurikiye disclosed this information via his Twitter account saying that she was killed at 10:30 am local time (8:30 am GMT).
He added that she was killed by two criminals in a vehicle at Gihosha, which is in the east of Bujumbura.
NKURIKIYE Pierre (@PierreNkurikiye) July 13, 2016
Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza has reacted to the news of her killing calling it a despicable and cowardly act.
“This is a huge loss for Burundi, her family and the EAC,” Nkurunziza added in his post on Twitter.
L'assassinat de l'Hon. Hafsa Mossi est un acte ignoble et lâche. C'est une perte inestimable pour le Burundi, sa famille et toute l'EAC.— Pierre Nkurunziza (@pnkurunziza) July 13, 2016
Honourable Hafsa Mossi was the Minister of Regional Integration and East African Community Affairs in Nkurunziza’s 2010 government.
She is the current elected member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) representing Burundi. The EALA is the legislative organ of the East African Community.