The troops, under the East African Community (EAC) Regional Force, are to be deployed in Rutshuru territory in accordance with recommendations made during a mini-summit of heads of state held in Angola’s capital, Luanda, on November 25th, 2022. The area is currently under the conquest of the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels.
Amos Hakizimana, the Kisoro District speaker, says that the continued detention of Kibyeye in Rwanda is a testimony of how Ugandans are mistreated by shooting, arrest, and whipping whenever they cross to trade in Rwanda.
The soldier identified as Hamis Walimbwa is accused of shooting 18-year-old Zepherine Nizeyimana from an entertainment centre in Nyarubande Village, Kisoro District in June last year. The two reportedly had a disagreement whose spark remains unknown.
In a joint statement released on Friday by the European Union Humanitarian aid department, the funds will facilitate UNHCR to support the reception and registration of 60,000 Congolese refugees in Transit and Reception Centres before their relocation to the settlements.
Robert Tukamuhweeba, the Kisoro Deputy Resident District Commissioner told our reporter on Tuesday afternoon that more than 3,000 refugees have so far crossed to Buganana town council. Our reporter also saw many Congolese refugees occupying the verandahs of residents.
Thousands of refugees have on Saturday trekked back to the war-troubled territory of Rutshuru in North Kivu Province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the official shutdown of Nyakabande refugees holding centre in Kisoro district.
The capture of the border happened hours after FARDC soldiers abandoned it and fled to the bush in the morning following heavy fighting in the nearby hills. Rebels also captured neighboring areas of Mutabo, Nyalutemba, Kabingo, and, Musezero.
The officer, identified as Eliod Gumizamu, attached to the Nyakabande Refugee Transit Centre is alleged to have shot and injured Patel Kunjaj, a 24-year-old Indian national who operates a Hardware shop in Kisoro municipality on Thursday afternoon. Kunjaj died moments later.
Daniel Kisamo, the settlement commandant of refugees at Nyakabande transit centre in the Office of the Prime Minister confirmed to our reporter that they have received communication to re-open the holding centre and start re-accommodating new asylum seekers.
Kisoro Resident District Commissioner Hajji Shafique Ssekandi Ssengoba says that the new groups of refugees are fleeing South Kivu province due to inter-tribal clashes mostly by militia groups of Mai Mai, Nyatura, Twirwaneho, Interahamwe and Lendu among others.
Hajji Safique Ssekandi, Kisoro Resident District Commissioner says that in the last two weeks, 600 refugees have been intercepted from Bunagana border while escaping from refugee camps and attempting to cross to Congo.
On Wednesday, the refugees were given a two-day ultimatum to leave the border town and go to Nyakabande. But refugees have resisted the directive on grounds that the conditions at the transit centre are appalling.
On Tuesday, Kisoro District authorities held a closed-door meeting together with Officials from the office of the Prime Minister, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), police, Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF), Prisons, and Immigrations among others at Kisoro district council hall.
When his family members came, they knocked but he did not open and since all the doors and windows are metallic, they got a welder to force the door open at around 08:00 PM. The body was still hanging on the rope in full uniform at midnight.