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Uwamahoro’s Two Husbands Murdered In Same Style, No Justice

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Bizarre incidents happen and sometimes do not catch the attention of the media, meaning they fade out leaving the affected in a lifelong frustration.

On the night of 3rd August, 2021, in the village of Nyarugarama, Gitoke sector in Gatsibo district, Surumwe Jean De deu was sleeping in his house with his family including 3 children and wife Uwamahoro Alphonsine.

According to Uwamahoro, on that fateful night, one of the friends of her husband came to their house and knocked on the door and asked Surumwe to come outside. This man told Surumwe that he had a bottle of alcohol he wanted to share with him.

“My husband opened the door and walked outside to meet his friend. They had grown tomatoes together and were always together,” Uwamahoro told Taarifa on Thursday.

“I waited for my husband all night and never saw him back until morning. I informed local authorities about the disappearance of my husband. A search was conducted and we failed to find him,” Uwamahoro recounted this movie-like scenario.

However, as the search intensified, the man who had called Surumwe to come outside the house the previous night, later told local authorities that he had seen the lifeless body of Surumwe in a pit latrine in a neighbouring village (mudugudu).

He led the local authorities thronged by area residents to the pit and indeed the body was removed and taken to Kiziguro Hospital and was later transferred to Kigali specifically at Kacyiru Hospital for a detailed postmortem.

Suspects were arrested but one week later the body was returned to Gatsibo for burial and surprisingly the suspects were also set free and returned to their homes.

Uwamahoro told Taarifa that the suspects currently enjoying their freedom include; Nkundabagenzi Joseph, Mukankuringoma Claudine, Nsengumuremyi Eria.

Details sourced by Taarifa indicate that Mukankuringoma through the window of her house saw men beating Surumwe until he died. She saw these men dragging Surumwe’s body until they pushed it into a pit latrine.

Uwamahoro a mother of twins cant read or write and has been going to Police and Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB) stations seeking justice but has been ignored according to her account.

Uwamahoro told Taarifa that this is not the first time such an incident has happened to her. six years ago, her first husband was also called outside the house in a similar manner and was killed. The family of her late husband urged her to marry Surumwe, a cousin to her first husband.

A bitter Uwamahoro Alphonsine told Taarifa that it has been very complicated journey for her as she seeks justice for her two husbands and she has lost hope

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Uganda Dumps More 47 Rwandans At Border

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Rwandan authorities on Saturday received an extra 47 Rwandans expelled by Uganda authorities.

Details indicate that Uganda Immigration authorities on Saturday afternoon deported 47 (including;29 males and 9 Females and 9children) Rwandan nationals from Uganda accused of illegal entry and stay.

“They are going to be tested of Covi-19 and will be interviewed for more details,” Rwanda authorities said.

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Minister Ugirashebuja In DRC For EAPCCO General Meeting

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, on Friday, October 15, attended the 23rd Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) annual general meeting in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The meeting for Council of Ministers responsible for Police affairs in the 14-member countries, preceded the Council of Police Chiefs held on Thursday under the theme “Enhancing law Enforcement Strategies in Combating Transnational Organized Crimes in the Wake of COVID-19 and Beyond.”

EAPCCO member states are Burundi, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The ministers appreciated EAPCCO member countries for their effort in combating terrorism and transnational organized crimes through enhanced cooperation and collaboration.

While officially opening the meeting, the Prime Minister and Chief of Government for DRC, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, emphasized the importance of sub-regional organizations in the fight against transnational organized crimes.

“There is need to foster cooperation and to build capacity of law enforcement officers, continually share information and conduct due diligence on suspects,” Lukonde said.

He commended member countries for the continued support to DRC President, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo in his roles as the current President of African Union.

DR Congo took over the chairmanship for both councils of Police Chiefs and ministers responsible for the Police affairs, from Tanzania.

The ministers welcomed the decision by the Council of Police Chiefs to elevate the Marine Police College in Mwanza, Tanzania to EAPCCO Centre of Excellence in Maritime Police training.

DR Congo was also given the responsibility to establish a regional operation unit under EAPCCO Counter Terrorism Centre of Excellence (CTCoE) to collect, analyze and disseminate terrorism related information for action.

Other resolutions include expediting EAPCCO Centers of Excellence by host countries, strengthening sharing of crime-related information on transnational organized crimes and heightening the use of Interpol policing capabilities to facilitate the process.

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Thomas Sankara’s Assassination Trial Adjourned To October 21

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Burkina Faso’s former president Thomas Sankara was assassinated 34 years ago in a military coup bringing an end to a charismatic Marxist revolutionary widely known as ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’.

Immediately after Sankara’s murder, his wife Mariam Sankara and their two children Philippe Sankara and Auguste Sankara fled to Burkina Faso in 1987.

Thomas Sankara seized power in a 1983 coup at the age of 33 with promises to tackle corruption and the dominance of former colonial powers.

Mariam Sankara on Monday flew back to Ouagadougou for the opening of the trial of her husband’s murder. 14 people are accused of plotting the assassination.

Among the accused includes Blaise Compaore the man who was a close ally to Mr Sankara. Blaise Compaore led a military coup that toppled Sankara and his immediate execution.

Compaore went on to rule the West African nation for almost three decades before he himself was ousted and fled to neighbouring Ivory Coast.

This trial has been highly awaited as the murder of Sankara has mysterious ramifications and has remained a very sensitive subject across the continent.

At the opening trial, Compaore was not present. The former first lady told media that the absence of former president Blaise Compaoré, the main suspect in her husband’s assassination, was a “shame”, adding: “I really hope that this trial will shed some light.”

However, Compaore’s lawyers said on Friday that he would not attend the trial, and Ivory Coast has refused to extradite him.

She said, “this trial is needed so that the culture of impunity and violence that still rages in many African countries, despite the democratic facade, stops indefinitely.”

Other suspects in the murder of Sankara include; Hyacinthe Kafando (Compaore’s former head of security), Gen. Gilbert Diendere, a former spy-master.

According to details, the hearing was held in the Ouaga2000 conference centre in the capital, Ouagadougou. Twelve other defendants appeared at the hearing and all pleaded not guilty.

The military tribunal opened the proceedings, then adjourned the hearing until Oct. 25, after defence lawyers asked for more time to prepare their case, court officials said.

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