By George Kalisa
Rwanda’s Rushyashya Founder and Managing Editor, Jean Gualbert Burasa has today been laid to rest at the Rusororo cemetery in Gasabo District.
Burasa succumbed to stroke nearly four days ago after undergoing an operation on the brains at King Faisal Hospital Kigali where he had been receiving intensive healthcare until he breathed his last.
Several mourners described the deceased as a responsible citizen and committed journalist who demonstrated the highest level of patriotism in the development of Rwanda through his career and said that his death is untimely.
“Burasa is gone too early. On behalf of Rwandan Diaspora community in Canada, I express our deep sorrow and condolences. We’re too saddened by his untimely death,” said Marie-Grace Ruzindana who represented the Diaspora at a decent burial ceremony.
“He loved his country so much and he could keep us informed about our country in his editorials. He stood for the truth. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” added Ruzindana.
Ernest Nyetera, The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Light Publications Limited, earlier described Burasa as a brave and diligent journalist who would not sleep when there is a story to work on.
“I am deeply saddened by the sudden death of my fellow journalist and neighbour, Jean Gualbert Burasa He would double check and crosscheck facts in his story and even ask fellow editors where he needs clarification and that is exactly how I came to know him and we became friends.. He is a kind of journalist who will not sleep when there is a story to write and/or edit. Rest in eternal peace,” said Nyetera.
Burasa started journalism in 1993 working with Rwanda Rushya and he is later on of the survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi who were liberated at St. Paul by the RPF-Inkotanyi freedom fighters. By then, Burasa was working at Muhabura Radio and later he joined Radio Rwanda
Burasa, a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was born in 1971 and he is survived by a wife and three children.