Burundi (Xinhua) -- At least
six suspects have been arrested in connection with the
assassination in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, of
Burundian Environment Minister Emmanuel Niyonkuru, the
Burundian attorney general said Saturday in a statement.
"Investigations started right after the crime and six
suspects have already been arrested.
"They include two women and four men. Investigations
are continuing and as soon they are over, the case will
be taken to the competent tribunal so that culprits can
be sanctioned in accordance with the law," Burundian
Attorney General Sylvestre Nyandwi said in the
According to him, the victim was shot dead with a
firearm below his right ear in front of the gate of his
house in Rohero as he was entering his home in a car
from the bar-restaurant known as "Chez Andre" in Rohero
The boss of the bar-restaurant known as "Chez Andre",
Benoit Ndorimana, is reported to be among the suspects
and was also arrested.
Burundian Police Spokesman Pierre Nkurikiye said that
Burundian Water, Environment, Territory Planning and
Urbanization Minister Emmanuel Niyonkuru was killed, in
the early hours on January 1, by a gunman who used a
pistol to shoot him, adding that the criminal was in the
same car driven by the minister.
Right after the crime, three persons including two
watchmen and a woman were arrested in connection with
The woman was also in the same car driven by the
The body of the assassinated minister is expected to
be buried next week on Tuesday.
Born at Rutegama in Muramvya province, Emmanuel
Niyonkuru, 54, was an economist and was the minister for
water, environment and territory planning since August
Between 1992 and 2015, he worked at the Burundi
Violence targeting senior leaders is again on the
rise in the east African nation, which is facing a
political turmoil that broke out since April 2015
following the announcement by Burundian President Pierre
Nkurunziza that he would be seeking a third term.
His candidature, which was opposed by the opposition
and civil society groups, resulted into a wave of
protests, violence and even a failed coup on May 13,
Over 500 persons are reported to have been killed
since then while over 300,000 citizens sought exile in