The diplomatic relations between Uganda and Rwanda has yet again taken another ugly upturn following the arrest of a prominent Ugandan businessman also Horizon Bus manager, Emmanuel Sebuzuru in Rwanda.
According to a Ugandan security official who sought anonymity, Sebuzuru was arrested by Rwandan security officials on Wednesday evening. He said that Sebuzuru had crossed to Ruhengeri town in Rwanda's Northern Province to pick the bus company cash but was arrested before returning to the Ugandan side of the border.
Geoffrey Barore Nombe, the chairman of traders at Chanika border says that Sebuzuru had earlier in the day received a phone call from the manager of Jaguar Bus company in Ruhengeri town asking him to cross to Rwanda and pick money for banking, on behalf of his company.
Borore says that Sebuzuru was cleared by both Uganda and Rwandan immigration officials to cross to Ruhengeri to pick the money. However, he was intercepted at the border while crossing back to Uganda and questioned why he was carrying huge sums of Ugandan money. He reportedly had exchanged Rwandan francs worth about Shs 5 million.
Borore says that Sebuzuru was asked to explain where he was taking the money and to prove its source. A lady, only identified as Zauda, who had given him the payment was also arrested afterwards. Borore says that Rwandan security officials indicated that Sebuzuru had long been wanted by Rwandan security for facilitating Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a rebel group led by Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa.
Borore says that their efforts to secure Sebuzuru’s release did not yield positive results. On Thursday evening, he was transferred from the border to Kigali for further questioning. According to traders, the arrest is an indication that Ugandans who still cross to Rwanda put their lives at risk.
Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda on February 27 this year, to purportedly expedite the construction of the single customs post at Gatuna border. Later Rwanda blocked its citizens from crossing to Uganda claiming that their safety couldn't be guaranteed since Uganda was hosting and helping dissents against President Paul Kagame's government.