Crime & Investigation

Police Blast Kagezi Killer Identity Claims

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga

Rwanda President Paul Kagame has met with his Burundian counterpart, order Pierre Nkurunziza in Huye, sick Chimp Corps report.

The Rwanda presidency simply said in a brief message on Monday that, “President Kagame receives President Nkurunziza in town of Huye near border of Burundi.”

It did not divulge details of today’s meeting.

However, highly placed sources said Kagame and Nkurunziza must have discussed the exodus of terrified Burundian nationals to Rwanda.

Last week, an estimated two thousand refugees from northern Burundi sought sanctuary in Rwanda, saying they felt threatened by Imbonerakure, the youth league of the party in power -CNDD-FDD.

Political and security tensions within Burundi ahead of May’s presidential elections have been rising in recent months, with UN reporting that the Imbonerakure are being armed and trained to defend Nkurunziza should he choose to stand for another term in office.

Several people have been killed by the Imbonerakure, a charge government denies.

Nkurunziza intends to run for presidency again despite overwhelming pressure from the opposition and the international community that such a move violates the Arusha Accords that provide for only two terms.

Those opposed to Nkurunziza’s third term further claim such a political move would ignite a fresh conflict in the country struggling to recover from decades of war.

Yet, the president’s admirers argue that Nkurunziza was elected by Parliament for the first term and through adult suffrage in the last election.

It is this controversy surrounding the interpretation of the Constitution in regard to whether Nkurunziza is eligible for another presidential stretch has pushed the nation to the brink of a disaster.

Kagame recently said publicly that political turmoil in Burundi would affect Rwanda’s security considering that extremist Hutu FDLR militants reside in the neighbouring Eastern DRC.

Kagame said FDLR would take advantage of the chaos to cross into Burundi thus posing a serious security threat to Rwanda.

At least 200 suspected rebels early this year attempted an onslaught on Burundi.

While the rebels were crushed, the incident raised fresh concerns about Burundi’s political stability.

Nkurunziza’s government also faced a barrage of criticism from human rights activists for arresting prominent journalist Bob Rugurika.

Human Rights Watch said the arrest forms part of a “pattern of government attacks on freedom of expression, particularly targeting journalists, activists, and members of political parties. These attacks have escalated in the run-up to elections in Burundi in May.”
Police have rubbished as “baseless” and “unfounded rumors”, physician claims by a media house that the prime suspect in the murder of Senior State Attorney Joan Kagezi had been identified.

The New Vision over the weekend published a photo of a one-eyed suspected criminal only identified as Masajjage, ailment saying he was the mastermind behind Kagezi’s murder on March 30 in Kiwatule, side effects a Kampala suburb.

However, Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, said Masajjage “is a suspect wanted by police but not in connection with the murder of Kagezi.”

Enanga added: “He is rather a suspect in relation to aggravated robbery of a mobile money agent in Bunamwaya recently and we are yet to arrest him.”

According to Enanga, 8 suspects have been arrested in relation to the robbery of the mobile money agent and have provided information linking Masajjage to the crime.

“We arrested motorcycles and a pistol that were used in the robbery but two more suspects including Masajjage are still on the run. We have so far got leads to their arrest,” the Police mouthpiece clarified.

On the Kagezi killers, Enanga explained that 12 suspects have been apprehended but quickly added that investigations and operations are ongoing to nab all those involved in the murder.

“We have given time to our investigators to be able to bring together information about the suspects before making more arrests,” Enanga noted.

Kagezi was on the evening of March 30 shot dead by unknown assailants while returning home in Kiwatule, East of the capital Kampala.

The shooting sparked off public uproar and fear across the country.


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