Man goes missing, found dead in kitchen 8 days later

On 31 December 2018 at 02:30

Rwanda Investigation Bureau has said it has started investigating the demise of Emmanuel Hakizimana who was found dead wrapped in boxes eight days after he had gone missing.

Since December 22, 2018, nobody knew whereabouts of Emmanuel Hakizimana, a resident of Beninka Village, Rubirizi Cell, Kanombe Sector of Kicukiro District, who was most known as ‘Bienvenu’ after he went missing.

In the night of December 22, 2018, around 3:00’am, the night patrol (irondo) officers met a young man near Hakizimana’s boutique with a laptop and jerry bottle and held him.
The young man was usually Hakizimana’s houseboy according to Steven Bagabe, the President of Beninka Village.

“They held the houseboy and asked him where he was going in that night and he answered Hakizimana (the deceased) had sent him to take his stuff home. They held him until the morning when he was taken to the in Charge of Security in the Cell before he was taken to Police Station,” Bagabe said.

“At Police, they dialed the phone number of Hakizimana, a call which was answered by someone sounding Burundian and when they asked if he was Hakizimana, he said yes. But when they kept calling the number asking him many more questions, he hanged up the telephone which can’t be reached since then,” Bagabe recounts.

Bagabe said that on Saturday, Hakizimana’s houseboy who was in custody at a Police Station was released as ‘Police found no evidence against him’ and immediately fled.

How Hakizimana’s death was discovered

Bagabe says that Hakizimana had started living alone, with the houseboy, after he had separated his wife with whom they had two children due to conflicts.
He says that days after Hakizimana could be seen nowhere, neighbors started smelling an offensive odour from Hakizimana’s house.

“Today [Sunday], they opened the house in which they found nobody but the stinking smell could be smelt from the backside of the house. When they arrived in the kitchen, they found the corpse wrapped in boxes. We don’t know if he had a problem with anybody but we hope that if his houseboy is caught, he will provide more information,” Bagaba said.

Speaking to IGIHE, the Spokesperson of Rwanda Investigation Bureau, Modeste Mbabazi said it was evident Hakizimana had been murdered because his corpse was found wrapped by stuff and RIB investigators had reached the scene and started investigating his death.

Mbabazi said nobody had yet been arrested following the dossier as the investigation goes on.