A soldier with the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) is in trouble for allegedly shooting dead four people and injuring seven others at a night club in the district of Gicumbi. According to the Rwandan military the incident took place on Sunday at around 4am at a club known as Hunters Sport.
According to the Rwandan military the incident took place on Sunday at around 4am at a club known as Hunters Sport.
The night club is based in Gisuma Cell, Byumba Sector, in Gicumbi district.
The soldier who has been linked to the crime is Private Théogene Munyembabazi.
The soldier is said to have been rejected by a girl identified as Flavia Kayitesi who refused his request to dance.
Munyembabazi allegedly responded by slapping her, prompting a close friend believed to the woman's boyfriend to intervene with other people in the club joining the fight to throw the soldier out of the club. The soldier returned moments after with a gun and started shooting indiscriminately.
Those killed include; Flavia Kayitesi, Emile Nsengiyumva, Placide Niyigena and Assouman Murangira.
Major René Ngendahimana, the Deputy Military Spokesperson says that the act is contrary to the code of conduct of the Rwandan military.
He further reveals that the suspect has already been arrested and that investigations into the matter are under way.
According to Emmanuel Hitayezu the Northern Province Regional Police Spokesperson, the club had only one entry which also served as an exit and that it was hard for the customers to escape the shooting.