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Rwanda now deploys army along its borders with Uganda

Ugandans looking on after Rwanda blocked entry through Gatuna

Ugandans looking on after Rwanda blocked entry through Gatuna

Rwanda has deployed heavily armed personnel along its border lines with Uganda - further raising already strained diplomatic tensions between the two countries. The armed personnel are visible in the hills at Mukaniga, Byumba and Buganza. Also at Chanika in Kisoro district, the Rwandan army can be seen patrolling the Rwandan side of the border.

Uganda's Internal Security Organization (ISO) officials and locals confirmed the presence of the heavily armed Rwanda Defence Force soldiers along the borders. Although ISO officials said, Uganda doesn't see a reason yet to also deploy armed personnel, Rwanda's deployment has aroused tensions among the locals near the borders.

Rwanda and Uganda once fought a deadly battle on foreign soil in Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in June 2000. The number of casualties was in excess of 1,000, with Uganda registering the biggest deaths. 

Rwanda's deployment signals an escalation of the diplomatic hostility between the two countries which has been ongoing for the last two years. Since Wednesday last week, Rwanda blocked Ugandan trucks and buses from crossing into or out of Rwanda. Initially, the official reason given, was that Rwanda was upgrading its one stop border post at Gatuna border and advised drivers to use Chanika border post as an alternative.

However this border post too was blocked. Indeed, moments later, Rwandan minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Richard Sezibera, tweeted that Rwandans are strongly advised not to travel to Uganda due to ongoing arrests, harassment, and torture. Rwandan authorities went on to block Rwandan nationals including students from crossing into Uganda although some of them could be seen using the unmanned entry points. Uganda government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo on Saturday said that strangely, no Rwandan national had flown to Entebbe airport from Rwanda since Wednesday which was indicative that perhaps Rwandans have been blocked from from flying into Uganda. 

Bernard Ssengendo, one of the Ugandan truck drivers still stuck in Rwanda, says that although Ugandan drivers are now allowed to make movements during daytime and return to the Ugandan side of the border for meals, they are ordered to lock themselves inside their trucks throughout the night by the Rwandan police.

Jamil Sebo, another truck driver found at Katuna says that he was only allowed to cross over to the Ugandan side to buy medicine. He says Rwanda police has given them no reasons warranting him to lock himself in the truck.  

"They don’t tell you anything. Since last week they don’t allow us to drive out of Rwanda although for now, people are allowed to move into Uganda for meals and medicine. And when night falls, they tell you to lock yourself inside the truck. They don't give any reasons." said Sebo. 

Uganda prime minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda on Friday said that the government, through the ministry of Foreign Affairs is handling the matter.

Comments

+2 #1 Zaitun 2019-03-04 10:42
How come Ugandan officials are as quiet as dead to inform us of what is happening?

Can one reason out that there is a conspiracy theory to terrorise true Ugandans of the country to flee their homes so that false Ugandans can take over their land?

Ugandans have long been killed by migrants who got their ways in the army and police since NRM came to power, and these killings have continued unabated to the chagrin of Ugandans.

Museveni must come out clean to tell us Ugandans about what is not happening with his brothers from Rwanda.

You can not continue sacrificing our sons and daughters, looting the country to the extend of leaving skeletons every where to please your brothers from Rwanda.

Our kindness has been abused for long. But time will come when you guys will have to pay heavily for what you are doing to those who provided you safety when you were being hunted like chicken thieves by your own people.
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0 #2 Apollo 2019-03-04 10:45
Any observer (pun intended) should have anticipated this reaction. I saw it coming when MTN senior staff were summarily deported.

If the concerns are only on Rwanda, there will be reactions from others including EU and possibly South Africa. Our foreign affairs team has its work cut out. Let's keep watching.
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+1 #3 Rukundo 2019-03-04 13:14
Nothing will come out of that deployment. They will unclench their fists without cause, and roses will bloom again without much effort
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0 #4 Akot 2019-03-04 14:22
Quoting Zaitun:


Can one reason out that there is a conspiracy theory to terrorise true Ugandans of the country to flee their homes so that false Ugandans can take over their land?

Ugandans have long been killed by migrants who got their ways in the army and police since NRM came to power, and these killings have continued unabated to the chagrin of Ugandans.

Museveni must come out clean to tell us Ugandans about what is not happening with his brothers from Rwanda.

You can not continue sacrificing our sons and daughters, looting the country to the extend of leaving skeletons every where to please your brothers from Rwanda.

Our kindness has been abused for long. But time will come when you guys will have to pay heavily for what you are doing to those who provided you safety when you were being hunted like chicken thieves by your own people.


Thanks.
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0 #5 Akot 2019-03-04 14:25
Zaitun, thanks.

Ugandans must understand this is fight between 2 rwandese; Museveni & Kagame & the losers will be Ugandans who allow Museveni to use them & their land to make his stand with his brother Kagame!


When will Ugandans wake up?
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0 #6 Akot 2019-03-04 14:49
Museveni is not there for Ugandans, but to make it another rwandese territory, to measure up to his brother Kagame with whom he cannot share power!

Kagame/Museveni were the main players in war in DRCongo, but once congolese woke up, they stood up to defend their stand!

Kagame has finally understood Museveni is more demon than he is & is saying; 'you will not twist me around your fingers as you do with Ugandans'!

33 years & Museveni has made it clear it's him & no other to rule & Ugandans haven't understand it & have made it point of honour to ensure the tribalistic system is firm to ensure Museveni's continuity!

Ah! there is no opposition leadership to help Ugandans understand they must UNITE & FREE their country either!

Why are Ugandans ensuring their children are Museveni's slaves right from birth?
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0 #7 Leonard 2019-03-04 19:52
The same tension was created towards 2006 to dupe the then opposition and when they fled to Rwanda thinking it will be their ally, they were instead arrested and exiled. The likes of made and PRA rebels.

This may be the same trap for possible regime dissidents
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0 #8 Lakwena 2019-03-05 14:59
In other words, is Rwanda Air also not flying into Entebbe?

But what is that has pissed off Kigali into conducting itself in unfriendly and unscrupulous manner?

Among others, engaging in fictitious excuses of route diversion, owing road to repair-works.
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0 #9 Lakwena 2019-03-05 15:17
Akot, while all this is happening, the Prime Minister Rugunda is all smile- from ear to ear.

And for the Vice President Edwado Sekandi, the man has "Gone Fishing".

And because of receiving a a US$.500,000-bribe from Mr. Ho, on the doorsteps of the UN in broad-day-light; our Foreign Affairs Minister, Samwiri Kuteesa is tongue-tight. Except "No Comments"

As a result, his Deputy Okello Oryem, sheepishly smiles at the mess. Meanwhile dishonesty eats up his soul.

That is the Uganda we find ourselves in: a Shit-hole!
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0 #10 Ivan Ogutti 2019-03-06 17:31
Its not the first time to be told that issues of generals should be left to them but i think this time round generals have sent their battle to civilians which is not right.
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