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Ugandan authorities invited diplomats from other countries to witness the hand over. Courtesy photo

Uganda Hands Over Body of Rwandan Killed in Uganda by Rwandan Soldiers

posted onMay 27, 2019

At least seven diplomats from Tanzania, United States, France, Russia, Burundi, South Sudan, and Britain have arrived in Rukiga District in western Uganda to witness the handover of the body of the Rwandan businessman who was killed on Friday by the Rwandan soldiers on anti-smuggling mission.

The diplomats on Monday landed at Kabale airfield at midday and they are preparing to move to the border post of Katuna where John Batista Kyerengye's body is supposed to be handed over to Rwandan authorities.

The diplomats are;  Aziz Ponary Mlima (Tanzania), Jean Bosco Barege( Burundi), Simon Tucker( First Secretary Britain), Clement Noutel ( First Secretary France), Michael Gygrymus ( US), Edward Talyzin (Russian Embassy) and Simon Micheal Duku( South Sudan).

However, Rwandan Ambassador to Uganda Maj Gen Frank Mugambage who was expected to attend the function was nowhere to be seen.

John Batista Kyerengye, a Rwandan national was shot dead in Kamwezi Sub County in Rukiga District on Friday evening by unidentified Rwandan soldiers together with Alex Nyesiga Atuheire, a resident of Nyakabungo village in Kamwezi Sub County at Mpororo trading Centre in Kiruhura village.

Following the shooting, the government of the Republic of Uganda faulted Rwanda over the killing of its national, and the violation of its territorial integrity by Rwandan soldiers, calling the move a provocation.
In a statement issued on Saturday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Uganda has urged Rwanda to take action against the perpetrators of the attack and ensure that there is no recurrence of such incidents in the future.
"The Government of Uganda protests in the strongest terms the violation of its territorial integrity by Rwandan soldiers and the criminal,  brutal and violent act by the Rwandan soldiers on Ugandan territory against unarmed civilians. The Ministry demands that action be taken against the perpetrators of this attack," the statement read in part.

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