21 January 2013

Rwanda: Police Probe Death of Ugandan Trader

Police have launched investigations into the death of a Ugandan businessman who was found dead last Friday in Rutare sector, Gicumbi district in the Northern Province.

Dickson Tinyinondi, 28, was a money changer who had come to Kigali to buy Rwandan francs. He was, however, found burnt in his car registration number UAM 354D at Gasekye village, about one and half kilometers off the Kigali-Gatuna road.

"Preliminary investigations show that the death is related to the money but the investigations are still ongoing," Supt Theos Badege, the Police spokesperson, said in an interview.

By press time, the amount of money he was carrying could not be ascertained. According to Badege, residents saw the car burning and alerted the police which found a burnt out car and some remains of the body, which were taken to Byumba Hospital for post-mortem. It was later handed over to his relatives in Kabale district, southern Uganda.

Uganda's High Commissioner to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero, expressed hope the investigations would establish the circumstances of his death.

"The Rwanda National Police is working round the clock and we are confident they will bring the killers to justice. RNP has been updating us. It will be sorted out," he disclosed to The New Times.

Tinyinondi's death brought movement and business at the Gatuna border to a standstill for about three hours last Friday after several people blocked the road. It took police's intervention to bring order to the area, an eyewitness source said.

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