Lifeless bodies are discovered all over the country. Some human rights activists speak of a revival of murderous violence of a political and ethnic nature and count about sixty corpses. For the police, this phenomenon would be linked to vengeance, banditry or witchcraft.
The body of Colonel Charles Ndihokubwayo lying inside St. Joseph Parish in Ngagara The body of Colonel Charles Ndihokubwayo lying inside St. Joseph Parish in Ngagara
In the morning of Monday, March 20, a body of a police officer, a colonel named Charles Ndihokubwayo, was found inside St. Joseph parish in District III of Ngagara area in northern Ntahangwa commune of Bujumbura city.
Witnesses said his body did not have traces of wounds or contusion. Pierre Nkurikiye, Police spokesman, said that police officer who lived in Ngagara, was working at the Higher Police Institute in Mitakataka area of the western province of Bubanza.
Mr. Nkurikiye said the victim came from Mitakataka with his colleagues in a police vehicle. They dropped him in Kinama area with another person and the two would have taken a taxi later, Police spokesman said. “But, oddly, this officer’s body was found this morning in Saint Joseph parish. Two night watchmen from this parish were apprehended for investigative reasons”, police spokesman said.
On that same Monday, another lifeless body was found in Cizanye River in Murama hill of Muyinga commune and province. The victim is known by the name of Cyrille from the same locality. The administration says drowning would be the cause of the death but the inhabitants of this locality remain skeptical given that this 30 year-old man had just returned to the country after several months in exile.
Lifeless bodies pretty much everywhere in the country
On March 19, 2017, a body of an unidentified man was found on Mpehe hill in Bugarama area of Muramvya commune and province. According to testimonies on the spot, this corpse had a wound on its head.
In Mutimbuzi commune of Bujumbura province, two bodies were found in the morning of March 16, 2017 on Vugizo hill in Gatumba area. The victims are Elie Nyandwi and Jimmy, all from the same locality. According to Vugizo inhabitants, these people were killed by armed men in military and police uniforms.
Another lifeless body is that of Léonidas Nibogora (aged fourty and father of two children) found on Bugera hill in Buziracanda area, in Ndava commune of Mwaro central province. Ruyigi is no exception. An unidentified and decaying corpse was found on Tuesday, March 15, 2017, on Kigamba hill in Ruyigi commune and province. Dieudonné Citegetse, Administrator of Ruyigi commune, ordered the burial of the body and the investigation was entrusted to an officer of the judicial police.
On March 13, an unidentified human body was discovered on the outskirts of Yoba district in the city of Gitega (center of the country). On the same day, two bodies were recovered from the Siguvyaye River in the foothills of Buta in the southern Bururi commune and province. The victims are a young child from Batwa community as well as Desiré Nzisabira who was born in Songa, Gitega province.
According to the reports of the Burundian Human Rights “League Iteka”, there have been 63 bodies since the beginning of 2017. “In these three weeks of March, we recorded 24 corpses throughout the country”, Said Anschaire Nikoyagize, president of the league.”