The parents of
Ronald Arinda, a Uganda People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldier attached to the
Special Forces Command (SFC), are spending sleepless nights following the arrest of
their son under unclear circumstances last month.
Arinda, 23, a
resident of Muguri village, Kakyerere ward in Ryakarmira town council Kabale
district was on November 27, arrested from a cattle market in Burera district
in Northern Province, a few meters away from the Uganda-Rwanda border.
Arinda who was on his official leave was misled to cross to Rwanda by Rwandan
security informers disguising as locals who live along borderline claiming that
they had some cattle they wanted to sell him.
Arinda and locals say that the government is taking a long to have Arinda released.
Bakeiha, a father to Arinda says that he has requested the local leaders Resident
District Commissioner to intervene but in vain. Bakeiha wants President Yoweri
Museveni to intervene and engage the Rwandan government to have Arinda
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mother Eunice Nduhukyire, wants the government to put pressure on Rwanda so
that her son is released immediately.
“kandi ndahurira ndabashaba…
Nyakahuma, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner calls for patience saying
that the matter is being handled by government officials. Nyakahuma also
says that the government is trying to provide counseling to the family members
as the talks continue.
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Uganda-Rwanda borders were closed by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame in February
2019. Kagame issued a travel advisory to his nationals against traveling to
Uganda, saying their safety is not guaranteed.
Ugandan authorities of abducting its citizens and locking them up in
non-designated areas. Kagame also accused Uganda of hosting and facilitating
dissidents especially from Rwanda National Congress-RNC and the Democratic
Forces for the liberation of Rwanda FDLR, which have declared war on the Kigali