Rubanda Police have
finally arrested a businessman, who has been at large after burning his wife
and three children to death. Vian Armstrong, 45, a resident of Habutorebe village in Butare
parish, Muko sub-county torched his house using petrol around 10:30 PM on Saturday
His wife Rovinah Muheki
43, and children Edwin Tumworobere 17, Resty Akampumuriza 15, and Achila Ekinamushabire 05 burnt to death. After the incident, Armstrong
fled into hiding. The Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, Ely Maate, told our
reporter that police picked up Armstrong in the wee hours of this morning from
his hideout in the bushes in Habutobere village.
He explains that the
suspect contacted one of Boda boda riders to help get away from Rubanda
district, but the rider tipped off police.
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Bernard Stephen Mbonabwiira, the Habutobere village LC 1 Chairman
says that Armstrong developed a quarrel with his wife, whom he accused of
managing their family shop leading to its collapse.
Mbonabwiira says that the feud between Armstrong and Muheki started about a year ago. He says that they kept counselling couple until two weeks
ago when Muheki decided to open another shop, which angered Armstrong.
He argued that Muheki
could have deliberately mismanaged the first shop to start another. Mbonabwiira says that Armstrong was cited a
pump fuel station at Heiseseroin Muko trading center on Saturday evening buying
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Conrad Tumwesigye, an eyewitness says that after hearing the victims screaming
for help, they rushed to their rescue but failed to contain the huge fire. Patrick Abeneimwe, the
Muko sub-county LC3 chairperson says that Armstrong first locked the victims
inside the house from outside to prevent them from escaping.
Tumwesigye explains that Armstrong also locked all the neighbours from outside
so that they do not come to the rescue of his family members. He
says that the office of the Sub County Community Development Officer tried
to resolve the misunderstanding between the couple last week in vain.