Chinese Embassy in Rwanda advises citizens against self-administered justice

By Théophile Niyitegeka
On 31 August 2021 at 09:08

Chinese Embassy in Rwanda has condemned acts of a Chinese man running business in Rwanda who appeared in a viral video beating two young Rwandans tied on a timber with a rope.

The incident took place in Mukura cell, Kagano sector, Rutsiro district of Western Province.

The two young men suspected of theft are identified as Azalias Niyomukiza and Gratien Ngendahimana.

The video which went viral on social media yesterday has triggered mixed reactions among members of the public criticizing such self-administered justice.

As seen in the video, the Chinese man inflicted corporal punishment on one of the young men using a rope.

It is said that the Chinese works with a company called Ali Group Holdings Ltd.

Following the incident, Chinese Embassy in Rwanda has issued a statement condemning such weird behaviors, reminded all Chinese to abide by Rwanda’s laws and report crimes to competent authorities instead of self-administered justice.

“The Chinese Embassy in Rwanda has taken note of a recent case concerning a Chinese private company and a citizen. The case is associated with suspected theft. The Chinese Embassy supports Rwanda’s law enforcement agencies to investigate and handle the case transparently and fairly in accordance with the law of Rwanda. Meanwhile, we request the lawful rights of the Chinese enterprises and citizens be properly protected,” reads the statement in part.

“The Chinese Embassy requires Chinese enterprises and citizens in Rwanda to abide by the local laws and regulations. Any suspected illegal behaviors found should be reported to the police timely, rather than being dealt with unlawfully on one’s own. The Chinese Embassy will continue to promote China-Rwanda relations and the friendship between the two countries,” adds the statement.

Rwanda National Police (RNP) and Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) have also revealed that suspects seen in the video inflicting corporal punishment have been arrested as investigation is underway.

It is said that assault victims are receiving medical attention at a nearby hospital.

The two assaulted young men who appeared in the video that triggered mixed reactions. Photo Courtesy