Two Rwandans killed in Uganda

On 31 August 2021 at 03:59

Two Rwandans identified as Bahati Ntwari and Theoneste Dusabimana have been killed in Uganda. According to sources, they were killed in the night of Saturday 29th and 30th August 2021 respectively.

Ntwari who was killed in the night of Saturday has been working as a mechanic in Kampala City.

IGIHE has learnt that Ntwari has been living in Uganda for the past four years. He hails from Ngoma district in Eastern Province.

It is said that a colleague with whom they had traveled together to work in Uganda went to check on him at his home on Sunday morning before going to work but found him strangled to death with burns on his body.

Security officials were immediately alerted whereafter one of housemates was arersted while another one escaped.

His body was taken to the mortuary of Mulago Hospital on Monday morning.

Ntwari’s sister was notified and asked to make burial arrangements for her brother in Rwanda.

On another note, Ugandan Police announced, on 30th August 2021 around 10:30 a.m, the death of another Rwandan man in Karujanga area of Kabale District.

Dusabimana has been running business along with three colleagues in the area located in one kilometer from Rwanda’s border with Uganda on the side of Gicumbi district, Northern Province.

It is said that murderers stabbed him to death after stealing his money estimated at Rwf1 million.

Dusabimana was born in 1969.

The number of Rwandans murdered in Uganda has been increasing since 2017 when both countries’ relations deteriorated.

At the time, Uganda had started hunting Rwandans accusing them of espionage.

In June this year, another Rwandan identified as Bazambanza was killed in Uganda where his body was dumped at the country’s border with Rwanda in Burera district.

They are an addition to other Rwandans deported from Uganda at different times after enduring torture in Uganda’s detention facilities accused of being spies.

As COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March last year, Rwandans living in Uganda were overwhelmingly harassed accused of spreading the virus to the country.

In March last year, Uganda evicted over 342 Rwandans in connection with similar accusations. At the time, they were dumped at porous borders in the districts of Burera and Gicumbi in Northern Province.

Rwanda, Uganda relations worsened since 2017. Rwanda has been expressing concerns over Rwandans who travel to Uganda for business purposes but are abducted, imprisoned and tortured accused of being spies.

Uganda has deported over 70 Rwandans under similar circumstances since the beginning of the year 2021.

Rwanda also accuses Uganda of hosting dissidents that are posing a threat to national security.

In March 2019, the Government of Rwanda officially advised citizens not to travel to Uganda for their security following testimonies of over 1000 Rwandans tortured and deported from Uganda.

In August 2019, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame signed memorandum of understanding ‘Luanda Agreement’ in a bid to solve conflicts between both countries.

Despite efforts to sign the agreement between both heads of state witnessed by mediators including the President of Angola, Joao Lourenço and Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the situation is still worsening as Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence continues with arbitrary detention of Rwandans who are subjected to torture in its facilities.