Casimir Ntibagirirwa, 60 years old and secretary of Butara parish, was found dead yesterday night at Mikoni center of Bukinanyana commune, Cibitoke north-western province of Burundi. The spokesman of the Burundian police Pierre Nkurikiye says a gunshot was heard at 18h 40. The police quickly intervened, but the victim was already dead decapitated with a machete.
According to Nkurikiye, two people including a Rwandan citizen who sells cans in the same locality, have been arrested for investigation reasons. He adds that the Rwandan citizen didn’t possess identity documents. “The two people arrested were with the victim two hours before his murder.”
According to local sources, the assassination is linked to land disputes. Nkurikiye reports that the deceased had escaped death two weeks ago. “The victim was also accused of being a sorcerer”, he says.
Police officials say some other people involved in the land-related conflicts with the victim will be arrested for investigation.
On the same day, another body was discovered in Murwi commune of the same province. The victim was Jérémie Havyarimana, aged 54. His face bore the marks of knife wounds.
- Pierre Nkurikiye, spokesman of Burundi police