Two grenades have been found at a residence in the Mushubi Sector of Nyamagabe District, Southern Province. The grenades were stumbled upon in Gaseke Village, Cyobe Cell, as residents were in the process of dismantling a dilapidated house.
Albert Seneza, the village leader of Gaseke, recounted that the grenades came to light during the removal of the roof from a dwelling that had remained unoccupied for nearly a decade.
The house had once belonged to a former soldier named Francois, who held the rank of Second Lieutenant during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. It is said that Francois fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and never returned to the area.
The discovery unfolded when a young man involved in removing the roofing tiles spotted two suspicious, bottle-like objects. In a swift response, an elderly woman, the sister of the aforementioned soldier, promptly alerted the village leader, Seneza.
Speaking to IGIHE; Jean Claude Gasore, the executive secretary of Mushubi Sector confirmed that the grenades were found within the residence of an elderly woman who had passed away several years ago. The decision to unroof and dismantle the house was motivated by its age and its location within a high-risk zone.
“It is true that these grenades were found in the house on Friday. Sources reveal that there is an EX-FAR soldier who used to live in the house during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and fled to Congo. It is suspected that he might have left them in their home before fleeing,” acknowledged Gasore.