KIGALI, 4 June 2021 – A campaigner against threats to Banyamulenge people living in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), has died in a suspected suicide.

Bukuru Ntwari died after falling from a commercial building in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, according to local media reports on Thursday.

Building from which Barrister Ntwari Reportedly Leaped to his Death - Photo The New Times

Building from which Barrister Ntwari Reportedly Leaped to his Death – Photo The New Times

Activists Whose Deaths Continue to be Questioned - Photo GLPOST

Activists Whose Deaths Continue to be Questioned – Photo GLPOST

Ntwari died Wednesday morning.

The BBC on Friday cited members of his family as suspecting “a pre-planned murder of our local voice”.

The BBC described the source as a “close family member”.

Rwanda’s investigation bureau has said it has launched a probe into Ntwari’s death.

A lawyer by profession, Ntwari is one of the most outspoken advocates against “killings of Banyamulenge” in their home region of DR Congo’s South Kivu province.

Nrtwari has called the mass killings of the Banyamulenge people as “genocide”.

Bayangmulenge People Displaced by Violence in Eastern DR Congo - Photo The France24 Observers

Bayangmulenge People Displaced by Violence in Eastern DR Congo – Photo The France24 Observers

Ethnic militia groups operating in the volatile eastern DR Congo have often turned their guns against the Banyamulenge people.

The governmetns of both Burundi and Rwanda have systematically denied accusations that they sponsor or back some of the ethnic groups accused of ethnic cleansing in the massacre of the Banyamulenge people.

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