Prikeria Muhindo Mwiine, the Rukiga Resident District Commissioner has told our reporter on Monday afternoon that efforts by the government of Uganda to have bodies repatriated for decent burial are underway. According to Muhindo, officials from Ministry of External Affairs and Rukiga District security officials on Monday managed to have a phone call conversation with Fred Mufulukye, the Eastern Province Governor who told them that the bodies could be released on Tuesday.
The bodies of two Ugandan nationals who were shot dead by Rwandan security
operatives will repatriated for decent burial on Tuesday.
John Bosco Tuhirirwe and Job Byarushaga, both residents of Kamwezi
Sub-county 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 for allegedly smuggling tobacco.
Three other Ugandans who were with the deceased including Aron
Ainebyoona, Christopher Byamukama and Emmanuel Niwamanya managed to flee back
In a press release issued on Sunday evening, the Rwanda Rational
Police Spokesperson, Commissioner of Police, John Bosco Kabeera, said the
Ugandans were shot in self-defence when they turned violent and assaulted
police officers on duty.
Prikeria Muhindo Mwiine, the Rukiga Resident District Commissioner
says that efforts by the government of Uganda to have bodies repatriated for
decent burial are underway.
According to Muhindo,
officials from Ministry of External Affairs and Rukiga District security
officials on Monday managed to have a phone call conversation with Fred
Mufulukye, the Eastern Province Governor who told them that the bodies could be
released on Tuesday.
Muhindo says that they were told by Mufulukye that the bodies
could not be released on Monday because investigations into what exactly
happened which resulted into their shooting were not yet complete.
Muhindo calls for patience among the families of the deceased
saying that the government of Uganda is doing what it can to have the bodies
brought from Rwanda. She also calls for calm among residents in the area not to
harm Rwandan nationals who live in Kamwezi.
By Monday, angry residents were planning to raid cows of some
Rwandan nationals in Kamwezi and slaughter them for food during the burial of
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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 government. Rwanda advised
its citizens against travelling to Uganda, saying it can't guarantee their safety.