Justice Minister blames burning of street children

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 29 April 2017 saa 06:30
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The Minister of Justice Busingye Johnston has condemned the act of killing street children saying that such acts of mob justice cannot be tolerated.

"Initial investigations indicate that this may have been a deliberate act to kill these youth. This is unacceptable. Police have credible information on the suspects who are on the run, and they are hunting for them. The suspects will be apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law for this hideous crime," Busingye said in a statement.

The reaction follows the incident that took place yesterday where unknown people burnt two street children to death as they hid in a water trench in front of CHIC building in Kigali city. One was left with severe burns, IGIHE has learnt.

One of the female street children has told IGIHE that unknown people chased after them in the night when she hid herself behind a car parking near former headquarters of Business Development Fund (BDF) while her peers hid in a water trench.

The latter has told IGIHE that her mates were burnt with petrol.

Talking to IGIHE, the police spokesperson in Kigali city, SP Hitayezu Emmanuel has also confirmed the unfortunate incident.

Besides, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion , UmutoniGatsinzi Nadine and police spokesperson ACP Theo Badege have visited the surviving victim at hospital.