Family Seeks Rwf 64M Compensation in Murder Case Involving 2 Soldiers

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By Denyse Tuyishime and Daniel Sabiiti

In May, two Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) soldiers Pte .Jean Pierre Nshimyumukiza and Claude Ishimwe allegedly had a misunderstanding with Ivan Aime Ntivuguruzwa 27 while at a bar in Gikondo a suburb of Kigali City.

The family of a victim that was gunned down in a bar brawl involving two soldiers has petitioned court for compensation worth Rwf 64 million.

In May, two Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) soldiers Pte .Jean Pierre Nshimyumukiza and Claude Ishimwe allegedly had a misunderstanding with Ivan Aime Ntivuguruzwa 27 while at a bar in Gikondo a suburb of Kigali City.

Ntivuguruzwa was an employee in this bar. He was shot dead in the scuffle and the two soldiers were arrested.

Appearing before trial at Karugira cell office, Gikondo sector, prosecution presented four charges against the suspects including complicity in murder, forceful extortion, unauthorized shooting, and damaging private property.

During the trial, prosecutor Capt. Felicien Ndaruhutse said that the accused shot Ntivuguruzwa with several bullets and seven of the bullet marks were found inside the bar and others littered on the nearby road.

However, both suspects explained that the bullets in the road could have been fired at the time when they were fighting with the victim.

However Jean Baptiste Habyarimana, the victim’s lawyer said that the way the victim was shot is an indication that it was premeditated murder.

Habyarimana said that after the shooting outside the bar, one of the suspect – Pte Nshimyumukiza pursued the deceased’s girlfriend inside the bar with a motive to also harm her.

Basing on these factors, the prosecution requested court to hand a life sentence to both suspects and Rwf1million fine for each.

The family of the victim requested court to fine government a compensation worth over Rwf64million, since the suspects are state employees.

Claire Umwali a lawyer representing Defense Ministry (MINADEF) in the trial said the suspects committed a crime outside their deployment briefing and their working hours that should have ended at 10:30pm that evening.

“Protecting community is the soldiers’ responsibility but not killing them. So, there was no complicity between the suspects and MINADEF (their employer),” Umwali said.

The mother of the deceased said that her son was the bread winner and support of the family of seven siblings before his death.

The lawyer representing the family of victim told court that Ntivuguruzwa’s daily income was Rwf3000. The lawyer argued that the victim could have worked for an extra 35years before retirement. This would represent Rwf41M.

Each of the seven siblings also asked for an individual compensation of Rwf5million each, and burial expenses compensation amounting to Rwf2,050,000 on top of Rwf600,000 for court and defense expenses.

Claudine Umuhoza, the girlfriend of the deceased, was also present at the trial. She also asked for Rwf 5.6million as compensation for trauma sustained from loss of her boyfriend since May. She asked for a total.

Meanwhile, the bar owner Valerie Batamuriza said that the murder incidence that occurred at her bar, has since negatively affected business.

“I cannot afford rent because the bar has almost closed. Clients are no longer coming regularly because they fear what happened,” Batamuriza said.

Batamuriza wants Rwf9.3million as compensation “for materials and equipments damaged, trauma caused, and loss of clients and business reputation.”

Both suspects Jean Pierre Nshimyumukiza and Claude Ishimwe pleaded not guilty and asked court to release them on grounds that they had acted in self-defense while on duty.

“I simply ask the court to clear us of all charges. After all, I was defending myself because I was attacked while on government duty,” Pte. Nshimyumukiza said.

“While taking decision consider the article 110 of the penal code regarding the distribution of fines because no crime, no fines. My clients were defending themselves while they were doing their job, also consider evidences,” said Thaddee Uwimana, the suspects ‘lawyer.

Case will be revisited on October, 6, 2017 to decide on the proposed fines, compensation and sentence.

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