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Rwanda protests Uganda deportation of MTN expatriate

Annie Bilenge Tabura

Annie Bilenge Tabura

Rwanda state minister for Foreign Affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe has accused Uganda of criminalizing Rwandans living and working in Uganda. 

In a tweet on his handle (@onduhungirehe), Nduhungirehe said Uganda is instead becoming a haven for Rwandans dissidents, who are plotting against their country.

"Apparently, walking and working in #Uganda while Rwandan has become a crime. The only activities allowed for Rwandans in Uganda seem to be plotting against their country, training forces for the #RNC/#P5 and denouncing fellow Rwandans. This provocation will stop at some point," Nduhungirehe tweeted. 
The minister's protest statement comes a day after Uganda deported a Rwandan national, Annie Bilenge Tabura, the MTN Uganda's head of sales and distribution, together with Olivier Prentout, the MTN chief marketing officer, a French citizen and the head of mobile finance services Elsa Mussolini, an Italian national. 

 
In her statement issued on Tuesday, the deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye, said the Tabura and Prentout were involved in activities that comprise national security.

"We strongly believe that the deportation of the two foreigners, who were using their employment tools to achieve their ill motives, has enabled us disrupt their intended plans of compromising our national security," Namaye said. 

 
Mussolini was deported several hours after more than four hours grilling by the police in Kireka. Mussolini is reportedly accused of inciting violence through mobile money services. She's reportedly accused of offering a mobile money platform for Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine's People Power political movement. Bobi Wine is the latest opposition politician to attempt to bring an end to President Yoweri Museveni's 33-year rule. 
 
Rwanda has on numerous occasions accused Uganda of becoming a home for dissidents planning rebellious activities. Rwanda has been saying Uganda gives refugees status to such people who harbour criminal intentions. 

The Rwanda National Congress (RNC), which Nduhungirehe referred to, is a political group that Kigali government has branded as "rebels." 

While P5, is a coalition of Rwandan opposition political organisations including the Amahoro People's Congress (Amahoro-PC), the Forces démocratiques unifées-Inkingi (FDU Ikingi), the People's Defence Pact-Imanzi (PDP-Imanzi), the Social Party-Imberakuri (PS Imerakuri) and the Rwanda National Congress (RNC).
 
P5 is linked to Rwanda's former military chief, Kayumba Nyamwasa who is currently living in exile in South Africa. The UN Security Council in December said P5 had started recruiting combatants in South Kivu with local and external support from Burundi, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

 
Nduhungirehe further tweeted when engaged by ruling party lawyer, Hussein Kashillingi saying; "All (with many others) arrested with no familiar or consular access, many still held incommunicado, those released presenting signs of torture and injection of unknown substances."
 
Kashillingi had tweeted "A Rwandan, Frenchman and Italian were deported. Why are you making this a Rwanda-Uganda issue? Are you tweeting this in official capacity as the position of Rwanda or you’re speaking as an ordinary Rwandan (which you are not )?"

Comments

+1 #11 Lakwena 2019-01-25 07:50
Quoting gwok:
Quoting Lakwena:
[quote name="gwok"]"[ .....]"

...
My stand on this issue is as follows: (a) I do not blame refugees solely for our current political problems because most of these problems have emanated from our own failings.

I am appalled to hear that it is/was a mistake to have taken any refugees into Uganda, just as I would be if were to be told that it was a mistake that neighboring tribes took in a large number of Acholi IDPs during the Kony war. (d) etc [no more space].


But Gwok, whatever angle your frustration comes from, it comes to the same thing: the law of cause and the logical ripple effects.

E.g., Mr. M7 resented Obote because, Obote (RIP) refused the Banyarwanda refugees in Mr. M7's Fronasa outfit from being integrated into the national army (given numbers).

In other words Gwok, even in Heaven there is a red line for everything.
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+1 #12 Lakwena 2019-01-25 08:11
Quoting Mubiru:
Uganda is now dominated by Banyarwanda including those calling themselves Baganda names.

I don't know why people don't open their eyes ...

The force introduction of the so called e passports should be an eye opener even to the most stupid fool ever lived in Uganda.


You are absolutely right Mubiru. E.g., you would expect that when on 26th January 2017, Mr. M7 said that he only fights for himself, family and "Belief", Ugandans would have woken up and told Mr. M7 to leave our State House.

But the Sekandi, Rugunda, Kadaga, Oulanya Yakobo, all NRM MPs, the "Ugandan Generals", etc of this country saluted, clapped and smiled like idiots.
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+2 #13 Lakwena 2019-01-25 08:16
In addition to our national ID and voters cards, the Rwandese 2nd and 3rd generation refugees still in Uganda, can get Rwanda national ID from here/Kampala with no sweat.

In other words, the Rwandese run the show in NIRA and the Immigration Offices. It is sickening

That is how Mr. M7 tells Ugandans to be patriotic, meanwhile he only fights for "himself and his people"

Idiots idiots, idiots,idiots. Eish!
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0 #14 Mubiru 2019-01-25 16:53
My favourite choir The Ambassador is all Banyarwanda singers. They are articulate in Luganda that when they sing in Luganda like their latest very beautiful composition "Nkwata Omukono" you could mistake them for Baganda since there are currently thousands of "Ugandans" calling themselves "Baganda" with pointed noses like those of the Ambassadors singers All these people are going no where and that MTN woman seemingly deported will soon be back in different role.

Byakutaga an army clerk stole millions and "disappeared" like all fugitives and is back enjoying his loot with impunity.

You begin to wonder why Rwanda complains of harassing its people just because of one woman who might offended the regime. By the way there are millions Banyarwanda especially those from Kisoro with Banyankore names and are Ugandans and landlords but with their legs in Rwanda

Just wanted to re-emphasize that indigenous Ugandans must never be duped by their games political gymnastics.
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0 #15 gwok 2019-01-26 15:24
Quoting Lakwena:
Quoting gwok:
Quoting Lakwena:
[quote name="gwok"]"[ .....]"
...My stand on this issue is as follows:......
. But Gwok, whatever angle your frustration comes from, it comes to the same thing: the law of cause and the logical ripple effects. ...


My Dear, (a) I actually agree with you [with the exception of the scale & scope of analysis that you put into these issues.

For example, at the beginning of this expulsion sage, it was not not yet clear what the presidents Overall Objective was. Now it is, as reported elsewhere that [... President’s [IS a] move to make it mandatory for all telecoms to sell shares to Ugandans should apply to all multinationals. .... ] , meaning: COMPANY GRABBING.]

(b) A do not see yet the direct logical cause & effect connection between Obote-M7 relationship, as you mentioned, & this expulsion saga. I am afraid, your analysis of this aspect is hanging short. [no more space here].
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0 #16 Lakwena 2019-01-28 15:33
Quoting gwok:
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My Dear, (a) I actually agree with you [with the exception of the scale & scope of analysis that you put into these issues.

For example, at the beginning of this expulsion sage, it was not not yet clear what the presidents Overall Objective was. Now it is, as reported elsewhere that [... President’s [IS a] move to make it mandatory for all telecoms to sell shares to Ugandans should apply to all multinationals. .... ] , meaning: COMPANY GRABBING.]

(b) A do not see yet the direct logical cause & effect connection between Obote-M7 relationship, as you mentioned, & this expulsion saga. I am afraid, your analysis of this aspect is hanging short. [no more space here].

In other words Gwok, you have to be a giraffe in order to visually see the connection and/or disconnect between duos objectives: Obote (RIP) was a nationalist and M7 is the ethnic and tribal begot that he is.
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0 #17 Lakwena 2019-01-28 15:38
Quoting Mubiru:
My favourite choir The Ambassador is all Banyarwanda singers. They are articulate in Luganda that when they sing in Luganda like their latest very beautiful composition "Nkwata Omukono" you could mistake them for Baganda since there are currently thousands of "Ugandans" calling themselves "Baganda" with pointed noses like those of the Ambassadors singers All these people are going no where and that MTN woman seemingly deported will soon be back in different role.

Byakutaga an army clerk stole millions and "disappeared" like all fugitives and is back enjoying his loot with impunity.

... Just wanted to re-emphasize that indigenous Ugandans must never be duped by their games political gymnastics.


In other words Mubiru, including the State House, there are very many deadly green snakes in our green grass!
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