Kalimba breathed the last at King Faysal Hospital last night.
Speaking to IGIHE, the Executive Secretary of the Rwandese Community of Potters known by its French acronym as COPORWA, has confirmed his demise.
COPORWA is a local Non-Government Organisation that advocates for the rights of historically marginalized people in Rwanda.
Kalimba also headed COPORWA before his election as senator in 2012.
“It is true that he passed on last night succumbing to natural cause. We are making arrangements for burial,” he said.
Zephyrin Kalimba is expected to be buried on Thursday 6th January 2022.
Senate President, Dr. Augustin Iyamuremye has told IGIHE that h also learnt about the death of Kalimba who has been sick for quite some time.
Zephyrin Kalimba held different positions before and after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
He worked for gendarmerie, para-military policing unit during the pre-Genocide period and led the Rwandese Community of Potters.
Kalimba is among activists who advocated for the rights of historically marginalized people.
He headed the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests in 1997.
Kalimba was among eight senators appointed by President of the Republic in 2012 and held the position until his tenure ended in 2020.