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Anger as Ugandan Businessman is Killed in Rwanda

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By APN Reporter

Kabale

Residents of  Butanda Sub County, Ndorwa West County in Kabale district after an area local businessman was  shot dead by Rwandan security operatives.

Sidin Muhereza aged 35, a resident of Kagogo village in Bigaga parish, Butanda Sub County was shot on Monday this week in Sebeya village, Rwerere Parish, Burera district in Rwanda, a few kilometers to Uganda-Rwanda border.

Gad Nzabandora, a close relative to Muhereza told our today that the deceased was shot dead at around 7:00Pm in the evening while smuggling goods. Nzabandora did not specify the exact type of goods the deceased was smuggling to Rwanda from Uganda after crossing through porous a porous border.

He added that they received information about the deceased’s death from their relatives who live in Burera later in the night. He said that they have already informed all Ugandan relevant political and security officials to see if they can be helped so that the deceased’s body is repatriated for a decent burial. The deceased is survived by a widow and five children.

The Butanda Sub county LC3 Chairperson John Besigye, said that THE reliable information indicates that the deceased was shot dead smuggling matchboxes and local gin (waragi) popularly known as Kanyanga in Rwanda. Besigye said that efforts of repatriating the body is still hitting a snag after Rwandan authorities are insisting that they have to hand it over through Chanika border in Kisoro district despite Uganda’s request that they use Katuna in Kabale district.

The Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson Elly Maate, declined to comment on the matter and referred our reporter to the Ministry of Defense or Foreign Affairs since the body was still in Rwanda. Our reporter has also learnt that Uganda has heightened security at the border in Butanda Sub County following the incident.

The incident comes at a time when Uganda and Rwanda are resuming talks through video conferencing to resolve the impasse.

 The Uganda-Rwanda border has been closed since February 2019 following a diplomatic row between the two countries.

Since the border closure, many Ugandans and Rwandans have been shot and arrested by Rwandan security authorities on accusations of smuggling.

The last incident had happened on January 18th, 2020 where Teojen Ndagijimana, a resident of Kabingo village in Chahafi parish in Murora Sub County in Kisoro district and two Rwandan nationals Erike Munezero Biizimana and Emmanuel Munyembazi were shot dead at Kumugu trading center in Butare village in Burera District in Rwanda, about three kilometers away from the Ugandan border. They were accused of smuggling second hand clothes and local gin which is banned in Rwanda.