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RDF comforts family of late Ntivuguruzwa shot dead in Gikondo

A Rwanda Defence Force delegation led by the RDF Chief J9 Maj Gen Jack Nziza, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Staff, on 11 May 2017 joined family and friends of late Ntivuguruzwa Aimé Yvan, for his burial ceremony that took place in Nyanza District, Kibirizi Sector, Mbuye Cell. 

Ntivuguruzwa, 28 years old only, was brutally shot dead in the night of 9-10 May 2017, in Gikondo, Kigarama Sector, Kicukiro District, by RDF soldiers who were supposed to be on official duty in the area. Although clear circumstances that lead to the killing are yet to be established, military suspects that were found on the ground were drunk, which constitutes a prima facie evidence of gross misconduct on their account. They were immediately apprehended for proper criminal investigations.

During the burial ceremony, on behalf of the RDF and on his own behalf, Maj Gen Jack Nziza comforted and extended heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. He committed that justice shall be promptly done, noting that those who will be found guilty will be severely punished.

The Ag Defence and Military Spokesperson, Lt Col René Ngendahimana underlined the RDF strong attachment to high standard discipline among its members. “RDF values are clear; our role is to protect people, not to harm them. RDF has zero tolerance policy for any indiscipline behaviour within the Force. Let it be clear, those who committed this crime did it in their own name, in no way in the name of RDF”, he said.

Although nothing can bring back the life of a loved one deceased, the mother, relatives and friends of late Ntivuguruzwa highly appreciated the RDF comforting gesture during that painful event. 

May his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace.