By Rogers Wanambwa
KIU, Main Campus - After the untimely death of Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi was left in an unprecedented time where an incumbent president died in office.
Fortunately for the country, they had just come from an election and hence had somebody to replace Nkurunziza, Évariste Ndayishimiye.
Ndayishimiye is a 52-year old former army general of the Hutu tribe as was his predecessor, Nkurunziza. He is part of the country's most powerful party, CNDD-FDD.
In the election held in May, he won by 68.7% and was slated to take office in August before the demise of Nkurunziza.
The death of a president normally means that the Speaker has to take over but since the country has s president-elect, they decided to swear him in instead. Nkurunziza was set to hand over power in August.
In a letter that was sent out by Burundi's foreign ministry inviting diplomats and foreign organizations, Ndayishimiye's inauguration ceremony is to take place today, Thursday in the country's capital, Gitega.
That said, the country is to announce the late president, Pierre Nkurunziza’s funeral date.
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