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Rwanda Police Denies Kidnapping Ugandan Businessman

Rwanda National Police has denied claims of kidnapping a Ugandan businessman. Justus Tweyogyere alias Mwana Muto, a prominent money changer at Katuna border post in Kabale District was allegedly kidnapped by unidentified gunmen on Monday at around 2PM while at the Rwandan side of the border. Nelson Nshangabasheija, the Mayor for Katuna Town Council says that Tweyongyere arrived back on Tuesday morning unharmed.
Rwanda National Police has denied claims of kidnapping a Ugandan businessman.

 

Justus Tweyogyere alias Mwana Muto, a prominent money changer at Katuna border post in Kabale District was allegedly kidnapped by unidentified gunmen on Monday at around 2PM while at the Rwandan side of the border.

 

Tweyogyere was kidnapped soon after depositing 40,000,000 Rwandan Francs, approximately 170 million Uganda Shillings in Bank of Kigali Gatuna Branch in Gicumbi District.

 

Efforts by Zadoki Kagyeera, the Officer-in-Charge of Katuna Police Station and officials from the Office of Chief of Military Intelligence at Katuna border to cross to Rwanda to find out were fruitless. They were denied entry by Rwandan security officials at Gatuna border post.

 

This left Tweyogyere's fellow businessmen very worried with others accusing Rwanda Police of being behind the kidnap since Uganda's security officials were denied a chance to cross and consult about the matter.

 

However, in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, Rwanda Police denied involvement in the kidnap of Tweyongyere.

 

Police however admits that Tweyongere was only questioned after crossing to Rwanda in possession of a sum of money exceeding the ceiling of US $10,000, or 36 million shillings, without declaring it to customs.

 

Rwanda police also says that he was later cleared and returned to Kabale after providing proof of his transactions and partnership with Kigali Forex bureaus. He was, according to the police, advised to always comply with Rwanda's central bank regulations.

 

"Reference to an article published in the @observerug, Mr Justus Tweyogyere was neither kidnapped nor arrested. He was questioned after crossing to Rwanda in possession of a sum of money exceeding the ceiling of US $10,000 without declaring it to customs," Rwanda police tweeted.

 

"He was later cleared and returned to Kabale after providing proof of his transactions and partnership with Kigali forex bureaus. Justus was advised to always comply with central bank regulations". Rwanda Police also noted in another tweet.

 

 Nelson Nshangabasheija, the Mayor for Katuna Town Council says that Tweyongyere arrived back on Tuesday morning unharmed. Nshangabasheija says that the release of Tweyongere followed intervention by Kabale District Security officials.

 

Tweyongere told our reporter that he is unable to give a comment because he is still in shock.

 

The development comes amidst talk that the diplomatic relations between Rwanda and Uganda are rocky currently. Last month, six Ugandan police officers were arrested and court-martialled for alleged involvement in kidnapping a Rwandan national and handing him over to Kigali. The victim, Lt Joel Mutabazi, was once a body guard to President Kagame before he ran into exile in Uganda saying his life was in danger.

 

The police officers, who are still on remand, were reportedly working with Rwandan and Congolese nationals.

 

Two days ago, Uganda's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying there was no disagreement between Uganda and Rwanda and that talk of a row was aimed at “sowing discord.”

 

The statement came hours after The Red Pepper, a Ugandan tabloid, published a story claiming President Museveni was plotting to overthrow his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame.

 

On Tuesday night, the police raided The Red Pepper offices and conducted a search over what it called publication of information prejudicial to national security.

 

Five directors and three senior editors are still in custody after being picked up on Tuesday evening during the police search of the media house which was also extended to their homes.

 

The detained directors are Arinaitwe Rugyendo, Patrick Mugumya, Johnson Musinguzi, Richard Tusiime and James Mujuni. The editors include chief editor Ben Byarabaha, and senior editors Richard Kintu and Francis Tumusiime.

 

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