Burundi declares four WHO officials ” persona non grata”

Walter Kazadi Mulombo, Country Representative of the World Health Organization in Burundi and three experts Tarzy Daniel, Ruhana Mirindi and Jean Pierre Mulunda have been declared « persona non grata » in Burundi.

Dr. Walter Kazadi, WHO Country Representative, persona non grata in Burundi

According to a note verbale sent to the WHO Representation Office for Africa in Brazzaville in Congo, the WHO Representative in Burundi and the three experts must leave the country by May 15, 2020. The note verbale signed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 12 and made public on May 13, didn’t reveal the motives behind this expulsion.

Contacted, Sonia Nibayubahe, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that the decision has been taken for the country‘s interest. “Such kind of correspondence cannot contain the motives,” she says.

In 2018, the Burundian government declared Mr. Doudou Diène, Mrs. Lucy Asuagbor and Mrs. Francoise Hampson, all UN human rights experts, persona non grata on the Burundian territory. They were accused of continuous human rights violations.