Opposition party chief gunned down in Burundi

Zedi Feruzi, Opposition leader in Burundi was shot dead Saturday

Zedi Feruzi, Opposition leader in Burundi was shot dead Saturday

As the situation in Burundi worsens and the death toll mounts, a leader of an opposition party in the country has been shot dead near his home in the capital Bujumbura.

Zedi Feruzi, head of the Union for Peace and Development (UPD) opposition political party was shot dead by unknown assailants, his body was discovered in Ngagara neighbourhood  in Bujumbura Saturday evening as crowds began gathering at the slain leader’s home in shock to pay their respects.

Afrika Reporter has confirmed, Feruzi like other members of the opposition had spoken out against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial third term bid.

“We saw a car approaching him (Feruzi) and suddenly people started shooting nonstop and then the car took off.” a neighbor told this website. One of Feruzi’s bodyguards is also believed to have been shot and killed in the attack.

Feruzi’s death comes when President Nkurunziza’s third term bid is claiming a life almost daily, as an estimated 100,000-200,000 have fled the country to regional countries of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, and Tanzania.

Despite this worsening crisis, Nkurunziza maintains he is running for president, and the presidential election will not be postponed.

Major donors like Belgium have already threatened to cut funding to the poor Central African nation if Nkurunziza goes ahead and runs.

Opposition leaders, protestors, and regional leaders are urging Nkurunziza not to run in vain. Regional leaders are still struggling to come up with a unified solution to the situation in Burundi. Today protestors paused their demonstrations to stock up on supplies