Police refutes death claims in Top Tower demolition

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On 25 July 2017 saa 12:49
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National Police has refuted as false claims by European Ambassador to Rwanda Michael Ryan who alleged that a person was killed on Monday July 24th, during the demolition process of the Top Tower Hotel at Kimihurura near KCB.

European Amb, Ryan had posted on his twitter handle “EU Residence Kigali, an insanely dangerous demolition, destroyed our wall, one worker killed, house intact.”
However, Kigali Police spokesperson SP Emmanuel Hitayeze who was interviewed by IGIHE refuted the claims saying that is was false news.

“They lied, that is false information. I asked those who were around. I don’t know where he got that information from. There is no case that was reported, what they are speculating is false news. At least he should have named the person. An investigation would be carried out to find out his name.” Hitayeze insisted.

An employee at the demolition site told IGIHE that they were not aware where the news came from, but he disclosed that the Ambassador came by and insisted the owner should go to court.

He said; “He was here last Thursday and Sunday, complaining and saying that the owner should bring his lawyer.”

Minister of Justice Johnson Busiingye replied to Amb Ryan’s tweet claims “Amb. KCC says demolition went well, that part of the fence was damaged last week, that no one
was Killed or Hurt, Truth being adjusted to fit?”

Demolition of the hotel located at Kimihurura on plots 900 and 901, began on Monday, July 11th to make way for development activities in line with the Kigali City Master Plan, according to City of Kigali authorities who closed the facility in June last year over standards concerns.

In a statement released, City of Kigali wrote that according to the first phase of the Master Plan implementation in 2013-12017, Kimuhurura area is required to be redeveloped to fit the appropriate use of the plots into city level commercial district (C3 Zone).

Until yesterday, efforts by IGIHE to reach out to the owner for a comment have not been possible.