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EALA mourns slain Hafsa Mossi
Published on 14-07-2016 - at 02:12' by Daily News

The Arusha based East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) through its spokesperson, Mr Bobi Odiko, has expressed shock regarding the news of the untimely death of one of the House Representatives, Ms Hafsa Mossi, a Burundian Legislator who was shot in Bujumbura on Wednesday.

“We are preparing an official statement regarding the shocking and untimely death of Ms Mossi,” EALA affirmed. Ms Mossi, who once served as the Minister for East African Affairs representing Burundi and government spokeswoman is a journalist by profession having worked for, among other media outlets, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

She was killed just as the second rounds of talks on Burundi Peace are taking place at the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC). Ms Mossi was shot dead in the capital Bujumbura yesterday, according to the country’s police reports.

“Ms Mossi was assassinated at 10.30 in Gihosha,” in the east of Bujumbura by, “two criminals in a vehicle,” police spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye was quoted as saying. Ms Mossi was Burundi’s information minister and government spokeswoman between 2005 and 2007 and was, at the time of her death, a member of the EALA, a regional parliament pivoted from Arusha.

Ms Mossi, a former journalist in her 50s, was a member of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s ruling CNDD-FDD party. Riding in her Mercedes Benz car, a vehicle hit her from behind and when she got out in order to find out what was wrong, the culprits showered her with bullets.

President Nkurunziza’s controversial but ultimately successful bid for a third term last year triggered a deadly crisis that has killed more than 500 people and prompted around 270,000 to leave the country.

Several senior military officers close to the Burundian president have so far been assassinated since the start of the crisis in April 2015, but Ms Mossi, who was not regarded as a party hardliner, is reportedly the first senior politician to be killed in the troubled country.

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The late Hafsa Mossi



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