Police in Kamonyi District are holding a man for allegedly killing his village mate whom he suspected of having an affair with his wife.
Richard Nkurunziza, a resident of Nyamiyaga sector, is said to have beat up one Eric Ndahimana to death on Friday.
Nkurunziza immediately fled the scene of crime but was later that day arrested at Cyanika border post trying to flee to Uganda.
He is currently held at Runda Police Station. Police said Nkurunzinza will be charged with homicide.
Police warned the public against “self administered justice” adding that it is a crime itself.
Meanwhile, shortly after the incident, Police and local leaders engaged residents of Nyamiyaga in crime prevention, assault, adultery and effects of self-justice.
“Adultery itself is a crime but there are clear legal ways to address that and to penalise those involved. But going beyond that to assault the person in retaliation also becomes a crime,” Inspector of Police (IP) Athanase Niyonagira, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO) of Kamonyi, told the residents.
He also warned them not to take the law in their hands, urging them to always refer any misunderstandings to security organs and local authorities for arbitration.
“When you take law in your hands, you end up also committing crimes like assault or murder. You should always report injustices you face to concerned institutions like police, mediators of courts of law, who will ensure that justice is served,” IP Niyonagira added.
The Executive Secretary of Nyamiyaga, Fleurette Umwali Gasasira echoed the same message and urged them to desist from any acts that constitute a crime.