David Claudian Mushabe, the Mayor of Nyagatare district maintains the stand of Rwanda that Rwanda National Police Officers killed the smugglers after they turned violent while resisting arrest. Mushabe says that despite the incident is a lesson to learn that each country has its own rules and mandate with security.
Drama ensued at the Uganda-Rwanda
border of Buziba in Kamwezi Sub County in Rukiga district this morning during
the repatriation of the bodies of two Ugandans killled by Rwandan security last
The deceased Ugandans are John Bosco Tuhirirwe and Job Ebyarishaga,
both residents of Kamwezi Sub-county. They were shot dead by
Rwandan security at Tabarwe sector in Nyagatare district in the wee hours of
Sunday morning, about 200 meters from Ugandan border on allegations of smuggling
Three other Ugandans
who were with the deceased including Aron Ainebyoona, Christopher Byamukama and
Emmanuel Niwamanya managed to flee back to Uganda. Local leaders from Rukiga district and members of the deceased’s
families gathered at
Uganda-Rwanda border in Buziba around 11am this morning to receive their
remains from Rwandan authorities.
The Ugandan team was
led by Eddie Sserunjoji, the Kigezi Region Police Commander, Elly Maate, the
Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, Prikeria Muhindo Mwiine, the Rukiga Resident
District Commissioner and Jackson Muganiizi, the Rukiga District LC Vice
It took about an hour
for Rwandan security officials led by Emmanuel Hatari, the Eastern Province
Region Police Commander and David Claudian Mushabe, the Nyagatare district
Mayor to arrive with the bodies amidst tight security. They tried to hand them over to Uganda authorities accompanied with death certificates.
security authorities demanded that their counterparts present a postmortem and
handover report before they receive the bodies. The Rwandan authorities instead
handed over the deceased’s death certificates, which didn’t go down well with
their Ugandan counterparts.
They sought an explanation
while the Rwandan delegation didn’t present postmortem reports and handover
The Ugandan delegation was angered further when they realized
that the death certificates were written in French and Kinyarwanda languages
instead of English, which they could easily understand.
Sserunjoji, Maate and
Muhindo declined to receive the bodies and demanded that the Rwandan officials first
write a handover report.
This forced some Rwandan officials to drive back to
Nyagatare to pick a police stamp and headed papers where to write the handover
report after the Ugandan team rejected a draft on a plain piece of paper.
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It took about 1 and
half hours for the handover report to be drafted. The Rwandan team promised to
handover the postmortem reports through embassies.
The Ugandan officials condemned
the shooting of the Ugandans, saying killing doesn’t solve problems.
Muhindo Mwiine, the Rukiga Resident District Commissioner, said the two should
have been arrested and charged with smuggling.
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Mushabe, the Mayor of Nyagatare district maintained that the two were killed
when they assaulted police officers.
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Johnson Mushure, the
father of Job Ebyarishaga said the death of his son is a big loss to the family
since he was the soul bread winner.
He wants the Ugandan government to
compensate his family to cater for the funeral arrangements as well as catering
for the widow and his three children.
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Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda in February 2019 to purportedly expedite
the construction of the single customs at Gatuna border. Rwanda advised
truck drivers destined to Kigali to use Kagitumba border via Mirama Hills.
President, Paul Kagame
later accused Ugandan authorities of abducting its citizens and locking them up
in ungazetted areas. Rwanda also accused Uganda of hosting and facilitating
dissidents especially Rwanda National Congress-RNC and the Democratic Forces
for the Liberation of Rwanda FDLR, which have declared war on the Kigali
Rwanda advised its citizens against travelling to Uganda,
saying it can't guarantee their safety.