The court hearing which was postponed twice attracted huge crowds from Muhoza village where the crimes were committed.
It is alleged that on February 22nd, 2020, the suspects were involved in a heinous crime by burning a house where two minors, Célestine and Sifa, daughters of Manirafasha Jerôme, lost their lives. At the time of the arson, the mother of the two deceased had gone to a nearby trading center for groceries.
It is said that on a fateful day, the suspects broke the house windows, poured gasoline inside and burned the house, instantly killing one of the girls. The other girl survived but was gravely injured. She is currently being treated at Rwanda Military Hospital where one of her legs has been amputated.
All the 6 suspects denied committing the crimes and gave the alibi that it happened during working hours and that they were all at their respective jobs.
The prosecution said that even though all the suspects claimed innocence, Munyakazi Evariste admitted that his daughter who is currently in jail did it along with his wife and his two sons. The incident happened as a result of a long-time conflict between Munyakazi’s family and the victims’ family.
Nsengiyumva who is accused of complicity in committing the crimes allegedly advised Munyakazi to keep a low profile, pretend to reconcile with Manirafasha and kill him afterward.
Both Munyakazi and Nsengiyumva denied the crimes before the court and claimed they were pushed by fear to tell that story and that the testimony should be rendered inadmissible before the court.
The prosecution asked the court to maintain the validity of their testimony since none of them was coerced into speaking and prayed before the court that unless any of them claims mental illness, only then will the testimony be dismissed.
During the hearing, the suspects applied for bail but prosecution asked they remain in custody as investigations get underway.
The next hearing of the case will be on March 13th, 2020.