Uganda revokes Mukankusi passport

On 21 February 2020 at 10:43

The Government of Uganda has cancelled the passport of Charlotte Mukankusi, a prominent figure in Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a terrorist organization founded by Kayumba Nyamwasa which operates in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The government of Uganda announced the decision on Thursday, February 21st, 2020, a day before the fourth quadripartite summit which will be held at Gatuna Border and is expected to mend tensions between Uganda and Rwanda.

Canceling the passport of Mukankusi is one of three requests Rwanda made before the quadripartite summit.

Olivier Nduhungirehe, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed the news via his Twitter account.

“Yesterday, Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote a ‘note verbale’ to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rwanda acknowledging that Charlotte Mukankusi Charlotte, RNC Commissioner for Diplomacy, had indeed received a Ugandan passport which she was using for her terrorist activities. The passport was revoked.”

Rwanda has requested Uganda to follow up closely on Mukankusi’ movements in Uganda particularly in January 2020 and revoke her passport with registration number “No A000199979”

Mukankusi joined RNC in 2004 and was at the time, second in position to Kayumba Nyamwasa who was the ambassador of Rwanda to India. The government of Rwanda granted a diplomatic passport to Mukankusi but it was not renewed after she made herself known as a fervent political dissident of Rwanda.

News about Mukankusi obtaining a Ugandan passport spread after one-on-one talks she held with President Museveni where she explained in detail RNC motive to destabilize the government of Rwanda.

Her passport showed that she is Rwandan, born on August 10th, 1970 in Mbarara, Uganda. She held a diplomatic passport, PD 000223, service passport PS009269, and permanent residency permit PC061537.

Her Rwandan Identity Card had number 1197070004061075.

After her diplomatic passport was revoked due to terrorist activities, Uganda chose to facilitate her movements inside Ugandan territory and granted her a Ugandan passport. On February 11th, 2019, Charlotte received a permanent residency permit allowing her to exercise her rights as a Ugandan citizen.

In March 2019, President Museveni had a second visit from Mukankusi in Kampala aiming at strengthening relations between Uganda and RNC and assess the evolution of both parties’ common interests. Mukankusi urged President Museveni to reject a United Nations report published on December 31st, 2018 showing links between the government of Uganda and RNC.

The report stated that Uganda supports different activities of the terrorist group including recruiting new members from various areas in Uganda and providing them with military training in Minembwe, DRC. Museveni agreed to all the requests.

After the meeting which Museveni mentioned it was “accidental”, he wrote a letter to President Kagame justifying himself and explaining that the encounter was uncalled for.

Revoking Mukankusi’s passport follows the decision of Uganda to release 13 Rwandans who were held in Uganda and the deportation of two suspects in the Kinigi attack in 2019. Rwanda repaid the effort by dropping charges and releasing 17 Ugandans who were serving their sentence in Rwanda.

However, Rwanda reminded Uganda to investigate the movements of Prossy Bonabaana, Sula Nuwamanya, Dr. Rukundo Rugalo, Emerithe Gahongayire and Emmanuel Mutarambirwa who are accused of collecting money to finance RNC activities through a non-government organization called Self-Worth Initiative.

Rwanda also urged Uganda to bring to hand over the remaining suspects of Kinigi attack including Mugwaneza Eric and Nshimiye who goes by the alias ‘Gavana’
Nshimiye allegedly led the Kinigi attack on the 3rd and 4th, 2019. The attack claimed the lives of 14 Rwandans. Nshimiye reportedly has the support of Philemon Mateke, Uganda Minister of State for Regional Affairs.

Rwanda has requested Uganda to follow up closely on Mukankusi’ movements in Uganda particularly in January 2020 and revoke her passport