The Rwandan government has finally repatriated the remains of a
38-year-old Ugandan national who died last month in Rwamagana
John Baptist Tumukorereki, a resident of Kyabuhangwa in Kamwezi
sub-county, Rukiga district died in prison on May 16th, 2021. His body was
handed over on Tuesday to Rukiga District authorities at the Uganda-Rwanda
border of Kamwezi at around 7:00 pm.
According to records from Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS), a
department that handles National Prison Services in the country, Tumukorereki
was arrested while smuggling illicit drugs in Rwanda. Tumukorereki was on
February 19, 2020, sentenced to seven years imprisonment after pleading guilty
in Rwandan court.
According to the Superintendent of Prisons Therciss Nshimiyimana,
the Deputy Director of Rwamagana Prison, while serving his sentence
Tumukorereki developed malaria and was taken for medical treatment at Rwamagana
district hospital after his condition deteriorated.
The handover was witnessed by the Mayor for Nyagatare district in
Rwanda, Claude Mushabe, Ourikeria Muhindo Mwiine, and Rukiga Resident District
Nshimiyimana says that the delay to repatriate the body was caused
by the process of following legal procedures through the office of the foreign
Teddyson Niwagaba, the Kamwezi sub-county LCIII Chairman says that
after receiving the body, they immediately prepared and buried it at around 9:00
pm to avoid mourners from congregating. Niwagaba insists that Tumukorereki was
arrested in Rwanda in 2007 on accusations of smuggling waragi.
//Cue in “bakamukwatire Rwanda
Cue out: …forced kuguziika.”//
Niwagaba expresses concern over the continued defiance of the
locals to cross to Rwanda. He says that as a result, people have continued to
lose their lives.
//Cue in: “basically abantu
Cue out: …their lives.”//
In June 2020, Idin Muhereza, a resident of Kagogo village in
Bigaga parish, Butanda Sub County, Kabale district was shot dead in Sebeya
village, Burera district, about 15 kilometres from the Uganda-Rwanda
borderline. He was accused of smuggling cartons of illicit drugs through a
In May 2019, Alex Atuheire, a businessman at Mpororo trading
Centre in Kiruhura village in Kamwezi Sub County in Rukiga District and
Baptista Ncerengye, a resident of Nkoma in Rwanda were shot dead by Rwandan
security operatives on accusations of smuggling.