Two Policemen Arrested For Killing Activist

The suspects
The suspects

Two policemen have been arrested for the murder of an anti-graft crusader, Gustave Makonene, in Kigali, capital of Rwanda. Until his death, Makonene, a co-ordinator for Transparency International, TI, had been investigating mineral smuggling from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC and found the two cops involve in the illicit trade. Makonene’s lifeless body was found, last year July in Rubavu, near the border with eastern DRC. An autopsy carried out on him showed he was strangled. Having caught the two suspects, Makonene, was said to have cautioned and asked them to desist. Some time later, both cops were transferred to another posting, not because Makonene reported them, but on the discretion of their superiors. Fearing that the deceased might eventually report their criminal act to the authorities, the suspects conspired and murdered him. The Human Rights Watch, HRW, have criticized slow efforts by the Rwandan police to track Makonene’s killers, but the cops were arrested.

The police commissioner at the Criminal Investigation Division told journalists at a news conference where the suspects were paraded on Friday that there are “credible and convincing evidence that the two suspects … planned and executed the murder of late Gustave Makonene.”

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