Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza, the outgoing First Lady of Burundi, has been stealthily flown to far away Kenya for urgent medical attention, local media in Burundi reported on Thursday.
“The light plane took off from Bujumbura Airport at 11:25 p.m. The lights at the airport were turned off. Airport workers and Police were asked to clear just before the arrival of Mrs. Bucumi, who spent a total of about 20 minutes on the tarmac,” a source said.
According to this source, the First Lady arrived in a convoy of seven vehicles, including two military pickups, that provided her with security.
With three members of cabinet, there was also Albert Nasasagare, the deputy chief of protocol.
Disregarding the airport procedures, the First Lady and her team were not registered.
The airport commander took charge of placing exit visas in the passports of those concerned.
“There must be something hidden from us, why turn off the tarmac lights and refuse passenger check-in. In any case, it’s really strange,” the source said.
According to reports, the First Lady arrived in Nairobi aboard a small plane belonging to AMREF organisation based in Kenya.
Our source privy with internal working dynamics of the First Family in Burundi said, the First Lady was accompanied on the plane by a highly specialised doctor and a nurse all attached to the Kenyan medical research facility.
“The nurse and doctor on board the flight are associated with Kenya Medical Research, an institution chosen by Africa CDC (Africa Centers for Disease and Prevention), as a center of excellence in the evaluation of Covid-19,” the source says.
Last week, Burundi’s Health Minister was also evacuated to Nairobi for urgent medical treatment. He has not been seen in public until late afternoon on Thursday. He returned to Bujumbura on Tuesday.
“He arrived at Bujumbura by plane last night. He was not registered as a passenger on flight, like on the day he went. His driver found him on the airport tarmac,” a source revealed.
The plane belonging to Amref simillar to the one that airlifted the First Lady to Kenya
Thaddée Ndikumana- Burundi’s Health Minister walking to a public function accompanied by an unidentified official