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Uganda protests Rwanda's "reckless" shootings at border

Rwanda hands over bodies of Ugandans shot dead last Sunday

Rwanda hands over bodies of Ugandans shot dead last Sunday

The government of Uganda has issued a protest note to the Rwandan government over the shootings by Rwandan security personnel that continue to occur along the Uganda-Rwanda border.

The protest note was delivered to Rwanda’s high commissioner to Uganda, Maj. Gen Frank Mugambage on Tuesday by ambassador Patrick Mugoya the permanent secretary of ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Uganda's protest comes after Rwanda handed over the bodies of two Ugandans; Job Byarushanga and Bosco Tuhirirwe who were shot dead in Rwanda last Sunday by Rwandan security personnel on allegations of smuggling tobacco into Rwanda. 

Rwanda has since justified the double murder, saying they have their own operation methods and approach when it comes to criminality such as smuggling. But in a statement issued by the government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, Uganda says it is seriously concerned and protests in the strongest terms Rwanda's reckless shootings of Ugandans.

Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda in February this year after accusing Uganda of harbouring and facilitating dissidents plotting against President Paul Kagame. Rwandans have since been blocked from crossing into Uganda and those who have attempted have been arrested or shot at. 

"The alleged crime cannot justify the high handed and criminal act by the Rwandan security personnel, against unarmed civilians residing along the common border." Ofwono said. 

"Furthermore, the ministry notes that these murders are inimical to the ongoing efforts to improve relations between the two countries. The ministry demands that a joint investigation in the murders be conducted and the perpetrators held accountable."

Uganda also cautioned Rwanda against shooting its own citizens who have attempted to cross into Uganda for food or other services. On November 4, 28-year-old Peter Havugimana became the latest shooting victim as he crossed back into Rwanda with a sack of potatoes from Uganda. Havugimana was reportedly shot in the shoulder from about 200 metres in Rwanda near the Ugandan border. He was forced to flee back to Uganda where a bullet was removed from his body.

"The government of Uganda considers the shooting incident a grave matter and that although the latest victim is Rwandan, it constitutes a pattern of reckless and high-handed acts on the part of Rwanda security personnel, against simple, ordinary people that live along the common border. The government of Uganda is ready to hand Peter Havugimana to the relevant Rwanda government authorities, if he wishes to return." the statement added. 

There have been efforts to iron out the differences between the two countries after President Yoweri Museveni and Kagame met in Angola in August. Officials from both countries later met in Kigali but a subsequent meeting in Kampala never materialised for unknown reasons. 

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0 #1 Odongkara 2019-11-14 07:30
"The government of Uganda considers the shooting incident a grave matter and that although the latest victim is Rwandan, it constitutes a pattern of reckless and high-handed acts on the part of Rwanda security personnel, against simple, ordinary people."

Look at this Uganda, aren't you doing the same moreover to your own innocent citizens? A black pot calling another black pot black!
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+1 #2 Kelly 2019-11-14 07:32
"The alleged crime cannot justify the high handed and criminal act by the Rwandan security personnel, against unarmed civilians residing along the common border." Ofwono said.

I “hear” you loud and clearly O.O. This double murder is very tragic, despicable, appalling, wicked, evil, loathsome…etc. Everybody from Nakapirpirit to Kisoro; from Arua to Busia must condemn it.

However to O.O and his ilk, it is sad and ugly if a Ugandan is killed extra judicially by Rwandan whoever but very justifiable for Yassin Kawuma (RIP), and other Ugandans killed by high handedness of the Uganda (in)security forces.

Government forces killed at least nine bystanders – six in Kampala, two in Gulu, and one, a child, in Masaka in 2009 during the walk to work demonstration.

OO, tell us when these souls will receive justice and when the government will “condemn” such barbaric acts!!!
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+1 #3 Lakwena 2019-11-14 12:27
But I think Maj. Gen Frank Mugambage has already arrogantly over-stayed as Rwanda’s high Commissioner to Uganda.

In other words, I don't like non career diplomats. Just like our arrogant Gen Kyaligonza in Burundi, can't Kagame send assign him to another country/somewhere else?

Just asking
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0 #4 Lakwena 2019-11-14 12:36
Beside the point, such careless incident of shooting dead 2 citizens of a neighboring country can easily plunge two countries into a bloody war.

But it seems Rwanda is being provocative with intent to escalate the rift with Uganda, if need be, sort it out with iron and blood.

In other words, those who provoke war are after conquest and territory (land).
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0 #5 Amooti Mugi 2019-11-14 14:49
Were the two "thieves" attempting to "smuggle" tobacco into another country?? And at night???

We condemn the killing...but is it tolerable even acceptable for S.Sudanese thieves, or Kenyan thieves, or Congolese thieves to smuggle things(some unhealthy) into Uganda????

Would we welcome a tobacco smuggler ?????
Does it mean Ugandan boarders are open to ever Tom and hurry ?????

We should also toughen at our boarders
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0 #6 Lakwena 2019-11-14 17:32
Quoting Amooti Mugi:
Were the two "thieves" attempting to "smuggle" tobacco into another country?? And at night???

We condemn the killing...but is it tolerable even acceptable for S.Sudanese thieves, or Kenyan thieves, or Congolese thieves to smuggle things(some unhealthy) into Uganda????

Would we welcome a tobacco smuggler ?????
Does it mean Ugandan boarders are open to ever Tom and hurry ?????

We should also toughen at our boarders


In other words Amooti Mugi, start shooting to kill smugglers!
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-1 #7 rubangakene 2019-11-14 18:05
We should stop lamenting and crying over 'spilt' milk; this killing would not have happened if our leaders sat down and sorted out their differences sooner. How long are we going to dither and wait for more useless bloodshed?

Shed this naked "pride and brinksmanship"; get talking, shake hands and let the good relations flourish, we are all brothers after all!
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0 #8 Kirya 2019-11-17 19:30
Throgh people power Ugandans are rising up
and protest the ills of M7.ii
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