The UN Secretary-General Ban Kii Moon has condemned the killing of an opposition leader in Burundi.
The body of the head of the Union for Peace and Development Zedi Feruzi and that of his body guard were found lying outside his home in the capital Bujumbura.
In a statement, Mr Kii Moon says this crime, as well as the despicable grenade attack in Bujumbura’s central market on May 22nd that left two dead and many others injured, threaten to entrench mistrust and trigger further violence.
The Secretary-General urges the Burundian authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.
He extends his deepest sympathies to the families of those killed and wishes a quick recovery to the injured.
He also encourages Burundian stakeholders to pursue the consultative political dialogue facilitated by his Special Envoy Said Djinnit and representatives of the African Union, the East African Community, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.
Burundi has seen weeks of protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.
The unrest has also seen more than 100,000 people flee to neighboring countries and a failed coup attempt against Mr. Nkurunziza.