Man accused of murdering his mom arrested

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Police in Gicumbi District have arrested a man, who has been on the run after he allegedly killed his mother earlier this week in Nyamasheke District.

Emmanuel Niyokwizera alias Kwizera, 24, was arrested in Gihembe refugee camp, where he was apparently hiding.

He is accused with his young brother identified as Abel Tuyisabe, of murdering their 45-year old mother on Sunday night due to family conflicts.

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Tuyisabe was arrested the following morning of the murder.

It is said that the deceased separated from her husband five years ago following hearted family conflicts and she went back to her parents also in Nyamasheke along with two of their five children.

The husband later left to Nyagatare District, where he married another wife.  Niyokwizera left to Kigali to search for a living while Tuyisabe remained in his parents’ house alone.

Niyokwizera apparently went to visit his mother about two weeks ago.

“When he reached there, Niyokwizera demanded that she gives him Rwf400, 000 to pursue his driver’s licence, which she didn’t have; he then demanded that she sells her portion of the family property to raise that money which she also declined,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa, Rwanda National Police spokesperson, said.

“On the fateful day, Niyokwizera allegedly lied his deceased mother that he was returning to Kigali but it is suspected that he remained in the neighbourhood until late in the night when he returned and killed his mother after breaking into the house with the help of his young brother, who had also spent a night with his mother,” he added.

Earlier that day, Niyokwizera was supposed to appear before local leaders in the area over a case in which he assaulted a resident while they were in a bar the previous night, but he never turned up.

The deceased was found in a pool of blood the following morning after residents raised concern and asked Tuyisabe who broke the sad news that her mother had been killed by unknown people.

“Following the gruesome murder, Police launched investigations and a child in the family where Niyokwizera was hiding in Gihembe camp, read the story in the media and immediately alerted Police” said ACP Twahirwa.

He thanked the child for the “brave act” but appealed to the general public to be an eye for neighbours and report families that could be facing internal disputes for quick response and prevent any likely violence and such bloody acts.




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