Four arrested for beating man to death over Rwf 300 debt

On 5 January 2021 at 06:33

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has arrested four men in Ruhango district over allegedly beating to death a young man identified as Niyongira Zabulon, 22, who failed to clear Rwf 300 debt. Niyongira Zabulon succumbed to injuries of the beatings on Sunday.

The suspects include Ntakirutimana Edison,42, (Kinama village leader in Nyamagana cell of Ruhango sector in Ruhango district, Southern Province); Nyabyenda Philbert, 20; Gatoya Jacques,22; and Ntakirutimana Jackson, a businessman running a shop in the area.

IGIHE has learnt that the murder is connected to clashes between Ntakirutimana Jackson and Niyongira Zabulon. It is said that Niyongira failed to pay the balance of Rwf 300 he owed Ntakirutima who connived with colleagues to beat the young man to death.

“He immediately succumbed to beatings. The young man who doesn’t live in this area came to drink at his home. After failing to pay the balance of Rwf 300, he was called thief and beaten to death,” said one resident.

RIB spokesperson, Dr Murangira B. Thierry has told IGIHE that these men have been arrested as investigation is underway.

“These men are detained at Ruhango RIB station as investigation is underway to file the case to Prosecution. More suspects are on the run,” he said.

Dr Murangira appealed on residents to alert leaders to solve clashes instead of self-administered justice and warned local leaders involved in such acts.

“Some local leaders including security patrol agents, village leaders, and cell and sector executive secretaries have been reportedly involved in violent acts beating residents who sometimes succumb to injuries. Such brutal acts should be avoided,” he noted.

Article 140 of Rwanda’s penal code stipulates that willingly killing a person attracts life sentence.