Who is Burning Buildings in Rwanda?


order geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>According to official statistics from Rwanda National Police, no rx a total of 38 incidences of fire outbreak have been registered since January this year.

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Last year, a total of 84 cases were registered countrywide in which eight people were killed and others injured.

In 2013, Byimana School of Sciences suffered three fire incidents in less than two months.

On June 28, 2014 fire gutted a residential house in Nyakabanda sector of Nyarugenge district, burning it to ashes.

In the same month of June, Muhanga Central Prison was also destroyed by raging fire flames.

As the country struggled to come to terms with fire at Muhanga where hundreds of the 1994 genocide offenders are imprisoned, Rubavu Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) facility was also scorched.

As if this was not scary enough, several buildings in Kigali’s commercial centre of Quartier Matteus were on July 8 razed down by fire which lasted at least two hours, sending shockwaves across the business community in the city.

This fire was later put out by police and military fire brigades.

On Tuesday afternoon, a building adjacent to the Nyabugogo Taxi Park in Kigali also caught fire under mysterious circumstances.

Sources say while security are yet to identify the masterminds of the fire incidents, the role of FDLR operatives cannot be ruled out.

“Who else would burn a prison where the militant genocidaires are kept? This is FDLR at work,” said a source who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.


However, in some cases, electric short circuits have been cited as causes of fire especially on buildings in Kigali.

Police officials say fire outbreak is one of the security concerns in Rwanda especially in urban areas.

Senior Superintendent Jean de Dieu Gashiramanga, Commanding Officer for the Fire and Rescue Brigade in Rwanda National Police has since cautioned owners of houses against contracting lay-electricians.

“Installing electricity in a facility is a risky exercise that requires only experts to minimize risks of short circuit,” SSP Gashiramanga observed.

He also appealed to owners of buildings to install fire-fighting gadgets to help put out the fire in case it breaks out.

Majority incidents are due to short-circuit, candles, welding and domestic electrical appliances, according to Police statistics.

Fifty out of 93 cases registered in 2012 were also due to short circuit.

He outlined the numbers 111 and 112 (toll-free), 07888311224, 07888311120 and 0788311335 as the contacts that can be used to call the RNP fire and rescue unit, in case of any fire incident.


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