His death would shaked an entire regime in Burkina Faso. Despite his voice was silenced, his spirit would be the flame to ignite the fight against corruption, crime and human rights violations.
The afternoon of the 13 of december 1998, a vehicle was found burning in Southern Burkina Faso, a 4×4 black Land Cruiser Toyota, with three bodies partially burnt inside and one more lying next to the car.
The results were clear: the four of them were shot and then burned. Norbert Zongo was the man lying next to the car, the director of the most widely read weekly newspaper L'Indépendant, strong figure of the opposition to Blaise Compaoré regime, renowned for denouncing the authoritarian practices and dark deals, touching Compaoré inner circle.
The case that allegedly cost his life involved the president’s brother François Compaoré and the dead of his former driver David Ouedraogo in dubious and arbitrary circumstances five days after been imprisoned.
Unprecedented mobilization shaken the regime to its bones, demonstrations and strikes followed the next sunrise after the discovery of the death of Zongo. The pressure provoked the creation of an Commission of Inquiry that failed -until today- to find a responsible.
Who pulled the trigger that afternoon, is still unknown. Who instructed them to shot hasn’t yet been proved.