Sergeant Robert is a legendary artist who has been part of RDF Army Military Band renowned for his song ‘Impanda’ among other songs praising Rwanda’s army.
News about this scandal circulated on Monday morning when Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Military Prosecution Department (MPD) announced that it had launched investigations into defilement allegations against Sergeant Robert.
IGIHE has learnt that he is investigated on alleged defilement of a 15 year-old own child.
“Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Military Prosecution Department (MPD) has launched investigations into defilement allegations against Sergeant Major Kabera Robert a.k.a “Sergeant Robert” over his family member. The crime was allegedly committed on 21 November 2020 in Ndera Sector, Gasabo district,” reads in part RDF statement released on Monday.
RDF explained that efforts to trace the fugitive were underway.
It was reported that Sergeant Robert fled to Uganda but with no further evidence.
The suspect this Wednesday held an interview with Daily Monitor, Uganda based newspaper in which he confirmed to have escaped to Uganda where he is seeking asylum.
He explained that he fled the country on 18th November along with his wife through Kagitumba peripheral border lines. The former RDF soldier narrated that he left three children and a seven year old child.
As he left the country with the child, the suspect was obstructed by flooded footpaths and decided to leave her in Rwanda lest she drowns.
Rwanda accuses Uganda of accommodating criminals escaping justice and supporting armed groups and terrorist organizations intending to destabilize its security. These include RNC, FDLR, RUD Urunana among others.
The spate of many criminals fleeing to Uganda is evidencing how the country has become a safe haven for criminals yet they should be extradited.
Other criminals under Rwanda’s security officials’ investigations have been escaping through Uganda and granted refuge which is contradictory to extradition treaties signed by both countries.
Lt. Gerald Tindifa is another RDF soldier who fled to Uganda on 18th February 2020 lured by Uganda’s Special Forces Command (SFC).
As he left Rwanda through a porous border crossing, Tindifa was received in Uganda, first by Maj. Fred Mushambo, UPDF Counter-Intelligence officer in Mbarara.
Kayumba Nyamwasa and Patrick Karegeya also fled through Uganda as they were investigated on crimes of threatening national security.
Rwanda has however been extraditing fugitives to Uganda despite the latter’s relenting unwillingness to revitalize relations.
In 2013, Rwanda arrested Namuyimbwa Shanita a.k.a ‘Bad Black’ who illegally crossed from Uganda yet her movements were limited after conviction for fraud.
Rwanda also extradited more 26 suspects to face justice on request of Uganda.
In February 2020, Rwanda and Uganda signed an extradition treaty during the 4th quadripartite summit held at the Gatuna-Katuna border.