GICUMBI – When Théogène Mulisa survived the 1994 Genocide, the last thing that would cross one’s mind was the possibility of being killed by his own brother.
However, as a cruel twist of irony would have it , Mulisa 32, a genocide survivor in Muko Sector, Gicumbi district was allegedly killed by his young brother only identified as Mwiringirwa, alias Butunguru aged 22, on Monday evening.
Police said the suspect used metal bars to kill his victim.
The body of the late Mulisa was discovered by neighbors two days later, on Wednesday.
The Gicumbi District Police commander, Jean de Dieu Gashiramanga said the murder could have been due to family conflict as the two genocide survivors had long term grudges over property left by their parents, who perished in the genocide.
“Mwiringirwa hatched a plan to kill his elder brother in order to take over his piece of land,” said Gashiramanga.
“The suspect carried out the dreadful act after sharing local beer ‘Urwagwa’ with his victim in the neighborhood.
After killing his brother he dumped the body in the deceased’s house.”
Kyamuhinda Cell residents interviewed by The New Times said the suspect had just been released from Miyove government prison, where he had been serving a three –year jail sentence over theft.
“Upon being released, he found out that his deceased elder brother had removed and sold all iron sheets from his house. This could have prompted him to revenge,” said one resident who gave his name only as Mukankusi.
By press time Mwiringirwa was still being held at Rutare Police Station. Murder is a capital offence, punishable by life imprisonment upon conviction.