Mukindo sector executive secretary arrested over beating child to death

On 29 December 2020 at 08:10

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has arrested Jerome Tumusifu, the executive secretary of Mukingo sector in Gisagara district, Southern Province for allegedly beating a child identified as Etienne Mahoro, 15, who succumbed to injuries caused by the beating.

Musabyemahoro was beaten on Christmas when the executive secretary caught him along with his colleague accusing them of throwing stones at his car.

The child was beaten in Kanto II village, Saga cell of Mukindo sector in Gisagara district.

Sources reveal that the executive secretary locked the children inside Mukindo sector offices and beat them.

“He seized the children accusing them of throwing stones at his car and violating COVID-19 preventive measures,” said one resident.

Two days later, one of the two children died and residents connected the death to beatings.

The spokesperson of Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Dr Murangira B. Thierry has told IGIHE that the suspect has been arrested.

“RIB Gisagara station has received information that Etienne Musabyemahoro,15, a son of Paul Sibomana and Nyiratebuka has died. RIB rushed to the scene and took the body to Rwanda Forensic Laboratory at Kacyiru for postmortem,” he said.

“During preliminary investigation, the executive secretary admitted to have beaten the child but explained he beat them slightly that it could not result into death,” added Dr Murangira.

Article 121 of Rwanda’s Penal Code stipulates that any person who, willfully injures, beats or commits any serious violence against another person, commits an offence.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than three years and not more than five years and a fine of not less than Rwf 500,000 and not more than Rwf 1,000,000.

If the beatings or injuries resulted into death, the culprit is liable to a sentence between 15 and 20 years and fine ranging from Rwf 5 million to Rwf 7 million.