Burundi’s ex-First Lady airlifted to Kenya after contracting COVID-19
By Daisy Okanga | Burundi’s former First Lady Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza is said to have been admitted at The Aga Khan University Hospital, in Nairobi after she allegedly contracted Coronavirus.
Mrs Nkurunziza was flown aboard AMREF plane registration 5Y-FDP on Thursday at around 10 am according to online flight logs. Her departure from Bujumbura was done secretly and most of the airport staff were prevented from accessing her travel records.
According to reports, she arrived at the airport in a convoy of 7 high-end cars including 2 military escorts. She was escorted by 3 state ministers and Deputy Chief of State protocol Albert Nasasagare.
Her husband, Burundi’s immediate former President Pierre Nkurunziza was not in the flight, however, she was accompanied by three bodyguards one who has also tested positive the coronavirus.
Mrs Nkurunziza is the second-high profile Burundi official to be flown out of the country for treatment after getting infected with COVID-19.
The first one was Health Minister Thaddee Ndkumana, who was flown to Nairobi on May, 21, 2020.
The Minister refused to admit on allegations about the first lady being airlifted to Nairobi for COVID-19 treatment. He insisted the First Lady visited Kenya for another treatment and not coronavirus.
Burundi recently held her presidential elections which saw the governing party candidate, retired General Evariste Ndayishimiye, win with 69 percent of the vote.