Security authorities have banned the sale of alcohol along
Uganda-Rwanda border of Ryakarimira town council in Ndorwa West County, Kabale
The order comes days after Rwandan security officials shot dead
one person and injured two others. Chabobuzi Bizimuremye alias Chabobo,23,
a resident of Sebukuma village, Musenda parish, Gatebe Sub County in Burera
district, Rwanda was shot in the chest and buttocks last Friday at around 9:30 pm
while at Nyakena village in Rwanda about 100 metres away from the border.
His colleagues Rusizi Rwamayanje was shot on the leg while Ronald
Nyihabusa was shot on the shoulder. Bizimuremye died from Muguri trading centre
while being rushed to Muguri Health centre II for treatment.
The deceased and the injured had crossed back to Rwanda through a
porous border of Muguri B before they were intercepted by Rwandan security
officials. The victims had spent the whole evening in Muguri trading centre,
Ryakarimira town council and later crossed with bags of smuggled local waragi.
Dan Byaruhanga, the Kigezi Region Police Commander says that security
has realized that despite the border closure by Rwandan authorities, Rwandan
nationals have continued to sneak into Uganda through porous borders to smuggle
and drink alcohol especially local waragi.
Byaruhanga says that security has also launched a routine sensitization
exercise to residents along Ugandan border not to cross to Rwanda saying that
their security is not guaranteed.
Bosco Muhereza and Jane Turinawe all bar owners at Muguri village
in Ryakarimira say that the order is not favourable because Rwandan nationals
also cross to Uganda to buy food for survival in addition to waragi. They also
say that the order suffocates business of waragi because they are the big
Bizimuremye’s body is still stuck at Kabale regional referral
hospital mortuary since the incident as Rwandan government remains mute.