Rwanda: Journalist murder suspects arrested – Security minister
Kigali – Security agencies have arrested a suspect in the murder of journalist Jean Leonard Rugambage who has also confessed to the case, the Internal Security Minister informed President Kagame on Monday.
Sheikh Musa Fazil Harelimana revealed in the Presidential press conference that from information acquired from the suspect, the facts point to a revenge killing. The Police said Monday morning that two people had been arrested in connection with the killing.
One of the suspect was revenging for the death of a family member allegedly killed by Rugambage during the Genocide, said Minister Harelimana. The brother of the suspect worked with Bank Populaire in Kamonyi (Southern Rwanda), according to the Minister.
He said the suspect even revealed to the security agencies where he had buried the gun he used for the murder.
Rugambage, supposed editor of suspended UMUVUGIZI was gunned down on Thursday at 10pm outside his house in his car. The exiled publisher of the paper Jean Bosco Gasasira said government assassins had been responsible – accusing the President directly.
Responding to the Minister’s update on the situation, President Kagame expressed satisfaction that there were some arrests. “You were going to have trouble with me,” said Kagame.
Earlier, the President called the murder “unacceptable”, promising that the government will go to the “bottom of it”.
“We will not rest until we get to the bottom of this,” said the President.
He also suggested it could be criminals who are taking advantage of the current political situation to undermine the stability of the country.
Mr Rugambage, who is survived by his wife and a child, was acquitted of genocide crimes by a local “Gacaca” court in 2006. The Police also said Monday that one of the suspects is related to someone allegedly killed by Mr Rugambage during the 1994 genocide.
The President also accused Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and international media of using “false basis” to shape the destiny of Rwanda. Branding them as “few adventurers,” the President said Rwanda’s existence is not owed to anybody or institution.