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The basics
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Countries Burundi
Occupations Politician Journalist
Type Journalism Politics
Gender female
Birth 1964 (Makamba, Makamba Province, Burundi)
Death 13 July 2016 (Commune of Gihosha, Bujumbura Mairie Province, Burundi)
Politics National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy
The details
Biography

Hafsa Mossi (born 1964, Makamba - died July 13, 2016) was a Burundian politician, journalist, and member of President Pierre Nkurunziza's ruling CNDD–FDD political party. Mossi served as Minister of Information, Communications and Government Spokesperson from 2005 to 2007, as well as Minister of Regional Integration from 2009 to 2011, in Nkurunziza's Council of Ministers. She then served as a member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), representing Burundi, from June 12, 2012, until her murder on July 13, 2016. Her current term in the EALA would have expired in 2017.
Mossi, an ethnic Hutu, began her career in journalism at the Channel for Africa in South Africa. In 1998, Mossi moved to London and became a journalist and producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) Swahili service. She returned to Burundi in the mid-2000s.
Mossi, who was in her 50s, was shot and killed while leaving her home in the Gihosha commune of the capital, Bujumbura, on July 13, 2016, by two gunmen who escaped in a car. President Pierre Nkurunziza called her murder an assassination. Several high-ranking members of the Military of Burundi had been killed in the country since the beginning of the Burundian unrest in April 2015. However, Hafsa Mossi was the first senior politician to be killed during the ongoing political crisis. Observers were puzzled by the motive behind Mossi's murder, since she was not viewed as a CNDD–FDD hardliner or stalwart.

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