Fresh tension is mounting at Uganda-Rwanda border of Ryakarimira town council in Kabale district after a Rwandan national was shot dead and two others injured by Rwandan security operatives while crossing from Uganda.
The deceased has been identified as Muremi Chabobuzi, a resident of Burera district in Northern Province, Rwanda. The injured are; Rusizi Rwamayanje and Ronald Nihabusa.
The incident occurred last night at around 9:30 PM, at Mushunga in Burera district.
The LC1 chairman for Muguri B village in Ryakarimira town council Robert Bamuturaki says the deceased and injured together with a group of other Rwandan nationals were crossing to Rwanda when they were intercepted by Rwandan security in Mushunga a short distance from the border.
Bamuturaki says the victims had been hanging out that evening with their Ugandan friends at Muguri trading centre, Ryakarimira town council.
On their way back, they also carried with them packets of local brew.
The chairman says when the soldiers started shooting, the victims ran back to Uganda but unfortunate, Chabobuzi was fatally shot on the chest.
“He died at Ryakarimira trading centre while being rushed by his colleagues to Muguri health center II for treatment,” he said.
In the morning security officials led by Kigezi Region Police Commander, Dan Byaruhanga, the Kabale District Police Commander, Brian Ampeire rushed to the border to assess the situation.
The injured were taken to Rubaya health centre IV under tight security.
RPC Byaruhanga faulted the Rwanda authorities for always resorting to the deadly use of force when dealing with illegal border crossings.
He also asked locals to learn for such incidents and avoid illegal crossings.
Body of the deceased was taken to Kabale regional referral hospital for postmortem.
Elly Maate the Kigezi Regional Spokesman says five Rwandan nationals who were in company of the victims have been taken to Kabale police station to help in investigations.
He identified them as Bosco Manirafasha aged 23, Erike Nyakanengo,18, Kasasira Nyabirikimusi,17, Jean Damuru Habyarimana 17, Haruna Nakirutimana,18 and Theoden Marishimana, 19.
It’s not the first time that Rwanda trigger happy security operatives are killing their nationals and Uganda nationals crossing the borders. It seems, it’s a Paul Kagame’s policy to kill anyone that crosses the borders to Uganda. Those borders are misplaced, because villages between the two countries share the same territory.
Recent a Ugandan peasant was gunned down by Rwanda security operatives because he was tending to his family garden that happens to be part in Rwanda and Uganda. The two communities have always lived side by side, as Rwandan children have always crossed to Uganda to attend their classes, shopping,etc. Since the regime of Dictator Paul Kagame fell out with his mentor Dictator Yoweri Museveni, its now the border populace that’re paying the price of the two dictators falling out.