Release our illegally detained nationals— Rwanda to Uganda

On 28 May 2019 at 05:21

Rwanda has asked Uganda to deport Rwandans illegally detained in the country. The request was made yesterday as the Republic of Uganda handed over to Rwanda a body of its citizen identified as Kyerengye John Baptist who was shot dead recently in Tabagwe sector, Nyagatare district.

He was shot dead after him and colleagues from Uganda smuggled goods to Rwanda and confronted security officials attempting to intercept them.

The officers shot two people, one Rwandan who died instantly and one Ugandan who later died.

The colleagues with whom they attacked security officials took the bodies to Uganda.

As the body of the Rwandan was returned yesterday through Gatuna border in Gicumbi district, the mayor of Nyagatare district Mushabe David Claudien leading Rwanda’s delegation told Uganda’s officials led by parliamentarian Kansiime Caroline that they should release and repatriate Rwandans detained in Uganda’s prisons like they did for the body.

“We appreciate the gesture of deporting the dead Rwandan but it would be even better if you deport many Rwandans detained in Uganda. Even two days before, you have arrested two more Rwandans in Uganda. You should bring all those Rwandans detained in Uganda like you returned this body. It would leave us happy if you do so,” he said.

According to a statement released by Rwanda National Police, the two Rwandan nationals were abducted by Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) on Sunday around 12:30 pm.

They are identified as, Samvura Pierre, 47, and Habiyaremye Eric, 25 who were abducted at Gasheke, 1.5km inside Uganda where they had gone to attend a baptism ceremony of the son of their friend Muhwezi Silver.

Recently in March 2019, the Government of Rwanda officially advised citizens not to travel to Uganda for their security following testimonies of over 800 Rwandans tortured and deported from Uganda.

Some of the deportees testified that they were forced to join the rebel group of Kayumba Nyamwasa which pins Uganda to be supporting rebel groups against Rwanda.

It has been two years since Rwanda, Uganda relations worsened. Rwanda expressed concerns over Rwandans who travel to Uganda for business purposes but are abducted, imprisoned and tortured accused of being Rwanda’s spies.

MP Kansiime Caroline having a conversation with Mayor Mushabe David Claudien
Rwandan authorities going to meet Ugandan authorities as the body of the Rwandan was returned
The body was transported to Nyagatare District