Prominent human rights activist survives assassination in Burundi

FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE: Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa

FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE: Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa

Pierre-Claver Mbonimpa, the Chairman of the Association for Promotion of Human and Prisoners’ Rights in Burundi (APRODH), has been attacked and injured.

He is undergoing intensive care treatment at a hospital in the capital Bujumbura, although there are reports the US Embassy in Bujumbura was planning to relocate him to a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mr. Mbonimpa was attacked around 6:00pm as he headed home from work. While at Kukanga area in Kinama, an unidentified man riding on a motorcycle approached and shot at him and took off.

The human rights activist has been influential in the protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term. Mbonimpa is one of the key figures of the Burundi civil society who mobilized Burundians
for the recent massive protests against President Nkurunziza’s candidacy.

This attempted assassination comes a day after the murder of a high profile general in the Burundian army.

General Adolphe Nshimirimana was killed in a rocket and gun fire ambush Sunday morning with a number of his bodyguards.

On Monday, the situation in the capital Bujumbura remained peaceful and residents attended to their daily business until the assassination attempt of this human rights activist.

His attempted assassination will definitely add to the prevailing tense atmosphere in the central African state following the July 21 disputed presidential election. President Nkurunziza won the third term by more than 69% of the vote.