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EALA mourns Burundi legislator Hafsa Mossi

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It was an emotional send-off for the late Hafsa Mossi at a one-day Special Sitting held in Arusha with EALA legislators condemning her dastardly murder.

Hon Peter Mathuki, the mover of the Resolution condemning the killing of the late Hon Hafsa Mossi
Hon Peter Mathuki, the mover of the Resolution condemning the killing of the late Hon Hafsa Mossi

The resolution which condemned the killing of the fallen legislator, was moved by the Chair of the Committee on Legal Rules Privileges, Hon Peter Mathuki, seconded by Hon Dora Byamukama and supported by the entire House.

Hon Dora Byamukama pays tribute to the late Hon Hafsa Mossi
Hon Dora Byamukama pays tribute to the late Hon Hafsa Mossi

During the session, the EAC Heads of State to ensure the on-going mediation deliberations on Burundi are taken seriously by all parties.

EALA also underscored the need for Burundi to put in place security measures that ensure safety of lives and property of all people irrespective of their political leanings.

The Speaker, Rt Hon Daniel F. Kidega communicates to the Assembly at the start of the Special Sitting. In the foreground is Clerk, Kenneth Madete (left) and Senior Clerk Assistant, Stephen Mugume
The Speaker, Rt Hon Daniel F. Kidega communicates to the Assembly at the start of the Special Sitting. In the foreground is Clerk, Kenneth Madete (left) and Senior Clerk Assistant, Stephen Mugume

The Resolution also urged the EAC Secretariat to report to EALA at its next plenary sitting in August, on the safety and security situation in Burundi.

Hon Mossi was gunned down by unknown assailants a week ago in Bujumbura, Burundi.  She is survived by three daughters, Nahimana Astona, Nahimana Dada and Semanyenzi Ummu-Aiman.

A section of Members at the tree-planting ceremony in honour of the late Hon Hafsa Mossi
A section of Members at the tree-planting ceremony in honour of the late Hon Hafsa Mossi

Hon Mossi was elected as a Member of EALA in 2012. At time of death, the late Hafsa Mossi was the Chapter Chair of Members of Burundi and Chairperson of the Assembly’s Women’s caucus. Prior to her election, the late Hafsa Mossi, then Minister for EAC Affairs in the Republic of Burundi since 2010, had played a critical role in Burundi’s integration into the EAC.

The late Mossi, a member of the CNDD-FDD party, joined Government in 2007 as Minister for Information, Communication, Relations with Parliament and Government Spokesperson.

She is a former journalist worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation Swahili Service, with stints in Bujumbura and London.

In a related development, Burundi EAC Minister Leontine Nzeyimana assured the House that her government was investigating the matter and appealed to EALA not to isolate the troubled country.

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