Huye High Court has announced its intention to reopen the case involving the Kinazi Massacre, which is centered on the gruesome killing of three individuals. This decision comes after the court had previously ruled in favor of the defendants, citing insufficient evidence, leaving the victims’ families in distress.
The initial trial was set to conclude on October 31, 2023, but it did not include key testimonies and evidence that could have played a significant role in establishing the truth behind the massacre. Therefore, the Huye High Court is now seeking to review the case with the aim of bringing justice to the victims and their families.
Among those who closely followed the trial are family members of the victims, who are eagerly anticipating a fair reconsideration of the case. Edison Nibayisenge, a relative of one of the victims, expressed his gratitude for the court’s decision, saying, “I appreciate this step taken by the High Court because the truth should prevail. If the court intends to uncover what truly happened, it will make a significant difference.”
He added, “There were pieces of evidence that were not presented, and if the court is determined to unveil the facts, it will be a step towards justice.”
Winifrida Nyirandikubwimana, the wife of one of the deceased, shared her hope that the individuals responsible for this tragedy will be held accountable, providing a sense of closure for the victims’ families.
Notable among the accused is Major (Rtd) Paul Katabarwa, who is believed to have a connection to the massacre. The reopening of the case will involve a thorough review of the evidence and testimonies to ensure that justice is served.
The Kinazi Massacre, which resulted in the loss of three lives, is a poignant chapter in the legal landscape of Huye, and the decision to revisit this case offers a glimmer of hope for the pursuit of justice.