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Family of detained BBC journalist calls on gov’t to speed up justice

Written by: George Kalisa
Thursday, December 6th, 2018, 1:06

Chantal Mukarugira34, wife of BBC freelance journalist, Phocas Ndayizera currently under detention, on December4 called on the Rwandan government to speed up justice.


Ndayizera who was paraded before the media November 28, had gone missing on November21 revealed Mukarugira. He faces charges of receiving explosives including dynamites and a 20-year jail sentence awaits him if convicted.


“I request the authorities to speed up investigations and justice because he was the breadwinner of the family” Mukarugira told The Light Magazine in a face-to-face interview.


“To the best of my knowledge my husband has never been a soldier and never been linked to such terrorism activities since we got married eight years ago,” she added.


“I was shocked to hear that my husband had been arrested because he had never been imprisoned nor arrested before this incident,” she said.


Ndayizera was still in custody in the Rwanda Investigative Bureau (RIB) by press time.


The visibly down-trodden mother of three said her children had not been allowed to visit their dad. Mukarugiza visited him on December1 and he was in good health though piqued and weary.  


Mukarugiza moved from their home in Muhanga District about 50Kms south of the capital Kigali to stay with her mother-in-law, Theresie Kabanyana in Kicukiro a suburb of Kigali when survival had become uncertain and difficult.


Mukarugiza who say her husband was framed is a mother of three children with Ndayizera including a three-month baby.


BBC local language codenamed Gahuzamiryango was suspended by Rwanda Utilities Regulatory body (RURA) in 2014 over an alleged documentary on the downing of the aircraft on April6, 1994 aboard which were Ex -President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira.  


The death of President Habyarimana is said to have sparked off the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi when more than one million Tutsi were killed in cold blood. But, pretty evidence indicates that the genocide regime had for long plotted to carry out the genocide and total ethnic cleansing.   

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