The Communications Director in the Office of the President, Yolande Makolo has said there was no theft or loss of any documents belonging to a member of the Presidents entourage.
She told IGIHE.com that the incidence was minor and not as misreported in the Ugandan Press.
Uganda’s Monitor newspaper had earlier today reported that unspecified documents belonging to Rwanda’s presidential entourage had been stolen claiming that they included some electronics, belonging to President Paul Kagame.
Makolo has told IGIHE.com, “The "stolen documents" - story has been misreported. The documents were personal docs (car insurance forms) belonging to President’s personal physician. They were taken by another member of the delegation in separate luggage but due to miscommunication on this within our team, documents were reported missing to the hotel. But the documents were quickly recovered. It is a very minor issue”.
Ugandan press has also reported that Uganda police has arrested three suspects all employees of Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park where the incident happened. The case was registered as 59/25/12/11 at Kasese Police Station.
Uganda’s High commissioner to Rwanda Richard Kabonero told IGIHE.com that he only learnt of the story from the newspaper, ‘I just read the story from Monitor. I don’t have any other information about it. You can contact the Uganda Police” he said.
By press time, efforts to reach Uganda Police Spokesperson Asuman Mugenyi were futile as his mobile phone was switched off. Mugenyi had last evening promised to give details to Ugandan press about the incident.
The Rwanda President was on a five day private visit to Uganda where the first family also celebrated Christmas.
While in Uganda, Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda launched the re-construction of Mbarara-Katuna-Kigali Road at Uganda-Rwanda border.
The Kigali-Katuna-Mbarara Highway is a 201km section of the vital Northern Corridor route linking the economies of East Africa and the Great Lakes region with the Indian Ocean.