Africa 10.8.2016 08:54 am

Bodies found in search for Burundi journalist

Burundian youth face police officers during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in Musaga, on the ourskirts of Bujumbura, on April 29, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA

Burundian youth face police officers during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in Musaga, on the ourskirts of Bujumbura, on April 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA

Inhabitants living near the Mubarazi River told Iwacu Group Press reporters they heard gunshots from the river at night.

Two decomposed bodies have been discovered in the Mubarazi River in a part of Burundi where the Iwacu Group Press journalist Jean Bigirimana disappeared two weeks ago.

The bodies thought to be of men were found in Bugarama commune, in the province of Muramvya, 30km from the capital Bujumbura.

The second body was discovered on Tuesday evening when a team comprising the National Commission for Human Rights (CNIDH) personnel, the civil protection police and intelligence services went to the river to try to identity the first body.

The first body was discovered there on Sunday by Iwacu Group Press reporters, who were looking for their missing colleague.

The macabre discoveries were made between the Gatamera and Nyabisiga zones, which are uninhabited. The place is not easily accessible. It is wedged between two steep small mountains.

The team finally decided to cancel the identification mission when it became dark.

“The mission will continue on Wednesday morning,” said a spokesperson for the CNIDH.

A week ago, inhabitants of the two zones living near the Mubarazi River, told Iwacu Group Press reporters they heard gunshots coming from the direction of the river in the night.

This raised suspicion that Bigirimana had been killed that night. The Iwacu Group Press reporters found the first body and then asked CNIDH to help to identify it.

Bigirimana disappeared on July 22. According to anonymous sources he was arrested by state agents of local intelligence. But both the local and national intelligence have denied this.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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