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Ugandan Business Manager Arrested by Rwandan Security Operatives

Mr. Joseph Muhoozi, the Nyakinama sub-county councillor, who is the elder brother of Mr Sebuzuru, said security agencies in Rwanda assured them that he would be released but the promise has not been honoured
posted onJune 7, 2019
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Ugandan security operatives in Kisoro District are investigating a case in which the manager of Horizon Bus Company based in Kisoro District, was arrested on Wednesday at Cyanika border post by Rwandan security agencies, reports indicate. 

Kisoro District Resident District Commissioner, Mr. Peter Mugisha on Friday said his office doesn't know why Mr. Sebuzuru, 55, he was arrested.

This comes just days after two civilians were shot and killed by Rwandan soldiers on Ugandan soil. John Batista Ncherengye, a Rwandan national from Nkoma cell in Ntabarwe parish in Nyakatere district and Alex Nyesiga Atuheire, a Ugandan national and resident of Nyakabungo village in Rukiga district in western Uganda were shot dead admittedly by Rwandan security officers.

According to eyewitnesses, the two were shot dead by a Rwandan soldier at Hamisavu trading center in Mpororo in Kiruhura village in Kashekye parish in Kamwezi sub-county. Eyewitnesses say that it all started when Rwandan soldiers crossed into Uganda to arrest a suspected Rwandan smuggler who tried to cross to Rwanda with secondhand clothes.

About the arrest of the Ugandan, the Kisoro RDC told Daily Monitor newspaper: “It’s not true that the bus manager was kidnapped from Uganda. He was tricked to cross to Rwanda where he was arrested. “The cause of his arrest is not clear”.

Mr. Mugisha said he is in touch with other security organs in the district and they are jointly following up the matter.

However, Rwanda’s ambassador to Uganda, Maj Gen Frank Mugambage said on Friday that he is not aware of the incident.

“I am not aware at all,” Gen Mugambage told Daily Monitor.

Mr. Joseph Muhoozi, the Nyakinama sub-county councillor, who is the elder brother of Mr Sebuzuru, said security agencies in Rwanda assured them that he would be released but the promise has not been honoured.

“Some sources say he has been transferred from the border holding cells to Kigali. We appeal to Ugandan authorities especially the ambassador of Uganda to Rwanda to help us locate where our relative is being detained and the crime he committed,” Mr Muhoozi said in an interview with the Monitor.

He said that the family of Mr Sebuzuru in Businga village, Kisoro District is stranded since their breadwinner is in detention in Rwanda.

The chairman of the traders’ association at Chanika border, Mr Geoffrey Barore Nombe said that on the fateful day, Mr Sebuzuru crossed the borderline and went to Rwanda to pick money for Horizon Bus Company and bank it.

“While returning, he was arrested with Shs5 million and questioned by Rwanda security officials why he was moving with a lot of money. He was detained,” Mr. Nombe said.

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