Rwandan Gatsinzi recounts ordeal torture by Ugandan army

On 23 December 2017 at 09:00

Rwandan Fidèle Gatsinzi, who was reportedly abducted by Ugandan security agencies, has been discharged and returned to the country with inability to walk as a result of the torture he faced in Uganda.

Gatsinzi was kidnaped in Uganda a fortnight ago by men clad in Uganda’s military uniform suspected to be agents of Chieftaincy Military Intelligence (CMI).

He was captured when he was visiting his son who studies in Uganda and was returned to Rwanda on Friday.

Seated in a wheelchair and recounting his ordeal to journalists at Rwanda National Police Headquarters in Kigali, Gatsinzi said that he was detained incommunicado with his face covered. He said the torture lasted for 12 days.

How he was detained

Gatsinzi says that he was in Kampala city when one of military men deceived him that there was a Rwandan colleague identified as Rugema who wanted to talk to him.

It is in that time when men clad in military uniform forced him into a car and Rugema told Gatsinzi “you shot Kayumba and the bullet remains still inside him.” Rugema is Kayumba Nyamwasa’s niece.

Kayumba is former Lieutenant General and Chief of Staff of the Rwandan Army. He fled to South Africa in 2010 and was sentenced in absentia to 24 years in prison by the Military High Court in Kigali over terrorist acts. Nyamwasa was shot in the stomach in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 2010. He blamed the murder attempt on the Government of Rwanda which rejected the allegations.

Another Rwandan citizen, Rutagungira, was kidnapped by Ugandan security operatives in August this year and held incommunicado at Mbuya military barracks for months where he was subjected to terrible torture before being dragged into court.