Radio Isanganiro reporters persecuted

Jean-Marie Vianney Ngendakumana, Radio Isanganiro journalist and his driver Saïd Rukundaneza have been mistreated by young people from Kanyosha commune in Bujumbura province this April 9. They were investigating on an attack perpetrated in Kiyenzi locality in Kanyosha commune.

Local residents told Radio Isanganiro journalists that it is deplorable to see these journalists being mistreated and the car being deflated. They even said the perpetrators aimed to eliminate the journalists.

According to these eyewitnesses, the perpetrators are young people affiliated to the ruling party. “The perpetrators must be brought to justice as the journalist was doing his job of informing people”, said one of the local residents.

Sylvère Ntakarutimana, Managing Director of Radio Isanganiro says the reporters were about to investigate on an attack on one of the houses in the locality when young people mistreated them and deflated their car’s wheels. “We will bring this case to court,” he says adding that some of the perpetrators are already identified. He, however, says this mistreatment wasn’t related to politics. “These are simply wrongdoers. They should be punished to show others that Burundi is a country characterized by the rule of law,” he says.