Ex-M23 rebels arrested in Kisoro Lawyer’s murder

Posted: 2019-08-05T07:10:48Z Read: 1,427 times
Ex-M23 rebels arrested in Kisoro Lawyer’s murder

Police have arrested three more suspects including two M23 ex-combatants in connection to the shooting of Isaac Sendegeya, a prominent lawyer in Kisoro district.  

The suspects are Charles Munyaneza alias Seruhasha, Claude Ndagizimana, both M23 ex-combatants and Congolese nationals and Steven Mfitundinda alias Season, a Boda boda rider in Bunagana town board and resident of Kabaya village in Nyarubuye Sub County in Kisoro district.   

Two unknown gunmen shot Sendegeya dead at his residents in Nturo village in the wee hours of July 21, 2019 as he returned from a night club in Kisoro town. 

According to a police detective who spoke on condition of anonymity, the suspect Ndagizimana handed himself to Mbarara Police Station on Saturday from Nakivale Refugee camp and was driven to Kisoro police station.     

The suspect surrendered after learning that he was on the list of those wanted over Sendegeya’s shooting and had no way of escaping. Also, Mfitundinda confessed to police that they were hired by Sikola Nyiramajambere and her husband, Asuman Hagumakwiha, Issah Mvano, Asuman Tito Hahumakwiha and Vianny Mvano Issah to shoot the deceased. 

The group were picked up on July 23, 2019 for sending death threats to Sendegeya before he was shot. 

Nyiramajambere reportedly paid Munyaneza, Ndagizimana and others still at large Shillings 8 million to kill Sendegeya after he won a civil land case No. 028/2017 on behalf of his client only identified as Migyera against them. Mfitundinda is said to have used a motorcycle to ride assailants to execute their mission.   

According to Elly Maate, Kigezi the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, they are being detained to Kisoro police station as police searches for the remaining suspects and the firearm they used to commit the crime.

President Yoweri Museveni visited the late Sendegeya’s home on July 31, 2019, after his rally at Gisorora playground in Nyakabande Sub County conducted a brief meeting with the deceased’s relatives, but didn’t many make any statement about the incident.