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YouTuber Shyaka who plotted fake abduction claim returns, discloses Uganda’s collaboration with Rwanda’s dissidents

By IGIHE
On 14 January 2022 at 06:48

Gilbert Shyaka, a man who was once reported missing under a plotted fake abduction claim after leaving the country illegally, has returned to Rwanda and disclosed his close collaboration with Uganda’s Chieftaincy Military Intelligence (CMI).

Shyaka,30, is the owner of a YouTube channel dubbed ‘Ijwi ry’Imfubyi’ translated as ‘The Voice of Orphans’ where he propagated revisionist agenda.

The man’s plot to flee the country was facilitated by a female Rwandan called Eugénie Muhayimana living in New Castle, United Kingdom who works with Uganda’s CMI.

Shyaka has two children who live at his home in Nyamabuye cell, Byumba sector of Gicumbi district.

Following his return, IGIHE has visited him at his home in Nyamabuye cell where he talked about his plans to flee the country and the collaboration he has had with CMI.

Information about his abduction went viral on social media since June 2021, particularly disseminated through platforms owned by members of a subversive group intending to tarnish Rwanda.

How it began

In April 2021, Shyaka featured in a talk show on ‘Umurabyo TV’, a YouTube channel owned by Agnes Nkusi Uwimana who is criticized for airing talks fuelling Genocide ideology.

Speaking to IGIHE, Shyaka said that he was first contacted by Uwimana who requested him to feature in her next YouTube talk show but dictated him what to say with a promise of financial support.

“Cyuma Hassan gave her my phone number. She called me and promised financial support if I agreed to feature in her talk show. She invited me at the headquarters of Rwanda Media Commission [RMC] in Remera and informed me that I wouldn’t receive any help if I refused to speak what he dictated me. So, I did what she obliged me,” he said.

“Agnes Uwimana is the first person who dragged me into revisionism agenda to talk about Hutus and Tutsis. I shared my phone number I started appearing in the talk shows. That is when people, majority of whom living abroad started contacting me and sending money,” added Shyaka.

As the man explained, he abandoned his construction job as he started receiving regular calls from members of the subversive group promising financial support.

Some of people who sent money include Eugénie Muhayimana who expressed interest in his talk show and pledged support. At the time, Muhayimana sent 50 pounds equivalent to Rwf70,000.

“She called me like others had been doing regularly, informed me that she wanted to send me some money because she liked my talk show. She sent me 50 pounds via my wife’s account in BK,” Shyaka disclosed.

Shyaka narrated that Muhayimana continued to call him every day until she promised him a house in Kigali.

“He stood by my side and called me regularly that we used to hold conversations for many hours every day. She told me her background and asked me to link her to my elder brother and wife. I shared their phone numbers with her that they started chatting,” he said.

As time went by, Muhayimana advised Shyaka to open a YouTube channel to air songs and talk shows advocating for underprivileged people.

“Since then, I opened a YouTube channel called ‘Ijwi ry’Imfubyi’ where I started airing talks. I had a small phone at the time. I added few amount of money to Rwf100,000 received from a member of the subversive group to buy a smart phone which I used to record talk shows to be uploaded on YouTube,” he revealed.

Plan to escape

During Muhayimana’s regular conversations with Shyaka, she often told him that he would be kidnapped one day.

“She used to tell me that I would be kidnapped, killed or incarcerated. There were more people who used to talk about the same thing but some of them declined to introduce themselves. Between 1st and 25th June, Muhayimana started asking me to flee the country that plans to kill me were underway. When I asked how I would escape, she promised me to take me to the United Kingdom,” he said.

Shyaka agreed with Muhayimana who facilitated him to flee to one of countries in East Africa.

Initially, Muhayimana advised Shyaka to seek a travel permit.

Following delay in issuance of the permit, she started putting pressure on him to escape as soon as possible lest he would be abducted.

“He assured me that I would be helped to flee to Uganda like they had facilitated other people and asked me to confirm whether I accept to leave the country where I was targeted for abduction. She asked me to travel to Musanze where I had to be helped to cross to Uganda,” he said.

Shyaka informed her wife who insisted that they should escape through Gatuna instead of Musanze.

On 22nd August 2021, Shyaka who was living in Kigali separately from his children who had stayed with their grandmother, went to Gatuna along with his wife.

“Upon arrival at Gatuna, I had my identity card but my wife didn’t. That is when he was arrested by security officials at the border. I escaped and returned to Byuma where I spent a night and woke up in the wee hours to travel to Musanze as I had been advised by Muhayimana,” he divulged.

“As I arrived in Musanze, a motorcyclist rode me to a place that I was not familiar with. I gave him Rwf5000 and returned the balance of Rwf1000. He took me to a tall dark-skinned man who also linked me to two children in the age bracket between 14 and 16. We trekked a long distance through dense banana plantation and stony ground,” Shyaka added.

At that time, Muhayimana had linked Shyaka to a woman living in Kampala.

The two children took him to a place where he met with smugglers with packages of illicit brew known as Kanyanga and clothes. Shyaka was then told that he reached the destination.

“I met the woman who took me to Kisoro town. That is when I rested assured that I have reached Uganda,” he revealed.

Shyaka showing documents granting him refugee status issued by Uganda's Office of the Prime Minister.

Collaboration with CMI

As Shyaka arrived in Kisoro, he was welcomed by a person called ‘Bo’ who went with him to a home where he found many Kinyarwanda-speaking people.

“I guessed it was Boy’s job because there were many people. He traveled with them in batches until my turn was reached. He took me to a Police station in Kisoro. Upon arrival, I called Muhayimana informing her that I had started facing issues. Muhayimana talked to people who were guiding me. They took me to a place known as Kyabira,”he said.

Before the travel, Muhayimana had advised Shyaka to introduce himself as his brother wherever he goes.

Arriving in Kyabira, Shyaka said that he was fleeing Rwanda over attempted abduction associated with talk shows aired on his YouTube channel.

On 23rd August 2021, he was taken to Kisoro Police Station from where he was taken to another place the following day.

Shyaka narrated that he was taken in a ‘Pandagari’, a vehicle that transports suspected criminals or detainees accompanied by two soldiers including one with the rank of captain.

“Upon arrival at the destination, I heard them speaking in English that they have handed me over. There was also a female soldier who asked me whether I was a journalist or spy. I was dropped there and taken to a detention facility where I saw many detainees, some of them seeming to be Rwandans. The soldier who accompanied me told his colleagues that I was not a criminal,” he disclosed.

Shyaka went on to explain that he was left at the facility and detained in a small room that had been previously used as a toilet.

“I was lodged in a very small room that was previously used as a latrine. They brought me a mattress on which I had to sleep but security officers who accompanied me had returned. I was served porridge in the morning as well as maize bread for lunch and dinner,” he said.

Three days later staying in the same room, a soldier took him to his superior called Captain Habyarimana John with office on the second floor.

“He was the first person I heard speaking Kinyarwanda since I arrived at the facility. The soldier told me that he had my dossier and asked me how I got there. I narrated how I lived in Rwanda and circumstances under which I fled the country,” he noted.

After two weeks, Shyaka revealed, he started receiving his phone to talk to Muhayimana. All contacts had been deleted except the latter’s number.

“Muhayimana started telling me that she sent money to Captain Habyarimana John to treat me decently in the detention facility,” he said.

YouTuber Shyaka who plotted fake abduction claim has returned to Rwanda.

Refugee status

As IGIHE visited Shyaka at his home in Gicumbi district on Thursday 13th January 2022, he showed us the documents granting him refugee status issued by Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister.

After spending 68 days, Shyaka revealed that he was interrogated at different times by Captain Habyarimana to provide more details about his situation in Rwanda.

He was once taken to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and later taken to a lodge.

“I was taken to the Office of Prime Minister escorted by two soldiers with small guns. They recorded my fingerprints, signature and got all relevant information about me,” Shyaka disclosed.

“Muhayimana was the person behind plans to release me from CMI detention facility to pick the document from OPM. However, I was not aware of all the procedures involved until I obtained the document. Since then, I never returned to CMI facility but rather was linked to Major John Nawamanya who took me to a lodge where I was housed,” he added.

Since then, Shyaka disclosed that he received his phone and the document granting him refugee status issued by Prime Minister.

He started receiving calls from people including Matata Joseph and Freeman Bikorwa among others who asked him to propagate talks tarnishing Rwanda.

“Muhayimana started telling me to freely air views that I feared to express in Rwanda. You have identifications, you are going to live with your children but you need to express your views freely as you are safe in Uganda,” Shyaka revealed.

Muhayimana had already helped Shyaka’s children to cross to Uganda by the time he he was granted refugee status. Shyaka planned to return home soon as he was taken to live with his children in Uganda.

YouTuber Shyaka who plotted fake abduction claim has returned to Rwanda.

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