In Burundi, where radio is the most important news source for the general population, the government-mandated shutdown of the capital’s independent stations is beginning to have dangerous consequences.
And the facts that do get reported amid all the rumors and uncertainty are grim indeed. On Wednesday, Burundi’s Ministry of Public Security announced that at least six people have been murdered since Sunday. The victims include Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana, the former director of Burundi’s intelligence services and army chief of staff. Widely credited with masterminding the suppression the summer’s political protests as well as foiling Gen. Godefroid Niyombare’s May 13 coup attempt, Gen. Nshimirimana was killed along with his bodyguards in his SUV. Witnesses say he was ambushed by four men armed with rocket launchers and machine guns in a military-style truck.