Crime & Investigation

 Two Businessmen Remanded In Kisoro for Murder Of Ex-M23 Combatant

Kisoro town

The Grade two Magistrates Court sitting in Kisoro has remanded two businessmen to Kisoro Government Prison in connection with the murder of an ex-M23 combatant.

John Munyamahoro 46, erectile and Juma Nizeyimana 35, ambulance both businessmen and residents of Bikoro B cell in Gasiza Ward, more about Southern Division in Kisoro Municipality are being accused of murdering  Bertin Birori 27, a former M23 combatant.

Birori was lynched by an angry mob during the night hours of 28th January 2017 while at Bikoro B village cell in Gasiza ward, Southern Division, Kisoro Municipality.

He was lynched after he was found red-handed stealing a Television set in the house of Munyamahoro. Birori had been residing in Kisoro town as a refugee.

The deceased was buried by police in the District Cemetery at Bikoro in Kisoro Municipality.

The suspects were a few days later arrested by police on charges of murder contrary to sections 188 and 189 of the Penal Code Act.

On Thursday, Charles Wako, the Kisoro Grade two Magistrates Court remanded them to Kisoro Government Prison after the Kisoro Resident State Attorney, Jimmy Gakuru told court that
investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

The duo was not allowed to take plea as the court has no jurisdiction to handle the capital offence.  They were then remanded to Kisoro central prison till 15th March 2017 when they will return to court.

The March 23 Movement commonly as M23 and also known as the Congolese Revolutionary Army that started in 2012 was a rebel military group based in eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), mainly operating in the province of North Kivu.

In late 2013 Congolese troops, along with United Nations defeated them before many of them crossed to Uganda.


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