The manager of Horizon Bus company at Chanika border in Kisoro district has been released by the Rwanda government.
Emmanuel Sebuzuru on Wednesday this week crossed to Ruhengeri town in Rwanda to pick company cash but was arrested by Rwandan security before he could return to the Ugandan side of the border.
He was reportedly first detained in Ruhengeri town, Musanze district, northern Rwanda before he was transferred to Rwanda capital, Kigali after security officials told him that he had been wanted for facilitating the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a rebel group led by Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa.
Sebuzuru’s arrest created fear among business operators in Kisoro district. Sebuzuru says that he was first driven by security officials he could hardly identify to Chanika border on Friday night at around 9:30 pm but later driven back to Kigali.
He adds that deep in the night, he was again driven around until 3:00 am on Saturday morning when he was dumped at Gatuna border and ordered to cross to Uganda.
Sebuzuru says that while in detention, he was asked about his alleged relationship with RNC rebels. Joseph Muhoozi, a brother to Sebuzuru says that they are happy about the victim’s release though they still that fear that Rwandan security officials are likely to keep monitoring him.
Kisoro district LC V chairman Abel Bizimana welcomed the release of Sebuzuru. He says that residents had started mobilizing to chase away all Rwandan nationals from the district if nothing was done to release Sebuzuru.
Ever since Rwanda closed its borders to Uganda on February 27, diplomatic tensions between the two countries are at their lowest - with Rwanda even blocking its citizens from crossing to Uganda.
Rwanda accuses Uganda of hosting and facilitating dissidents plotting to overthrow President Paul Kagame's government - an allegation Uganda vehemently denies.
Uganda likewise, accuses Rwanda of plotting to destabilize peace in Uganda by infiltrating security organisations including the police and intelligence services.