By Philip Wasswa
Uganda is actively investigating a cross border shooting incident of two male adults that included a Ugandan and Rwandan national, by Rwandan security.
According to Mr. Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police spokesman, the incident occurred, yesterday, 24th, May 2019, at around 8 pm, at Hamisavu, trading center, Kiruhura village, Kasekye Parish, Kamwezi Sub County, in Rukiga District.
"The Rwandan citizen, identified as Nyengye Peter, now deceased, was a businessman, who attempted to cross into Rwanda, on a motorcycle, loaded with his merchandise, but turned back upon noticing security presence across the border," said Enanga.
He explains that the businessman was, however, chased and intercepted by two armed Rwandan soldiers, a distance of about 80 meters, into Ugandan territory, at Hamisavu trading center.
"The police strongly condemn the violent acts of killing innocent civilians with impunity, regardless of their immigration status. In this very instance, there was no justification for the illegal entry and use of deadly force by the Rwandan military, due to the presence of alternative, adequate and effective remedies available at our disposal," Enanga says adding, "For instance, in the recent past, 44 Rwandan nationals, who had illegally entered Uganda, were intercepted in Kasese district and deported to Rwanda in a very peaceful manner."
"As we forward the matter to the National Security Committee and Ministry of Foreign Affairs for better management, we would wish to urge our counterparts, to respect the rights of citizens along the border and avoid acts of provocation that can easily destabilize the prevailing peace along the border," says the Uganda police spokesman.
On May 2, a 41-year-old Rwandan businessman, Mr. Innocent Ndahimana, was shot and injured on the right arm by a Rwandan security official as he tried to smuggle about 500Kgs of beans into Uganda through a gazette border point in Rushaki village in Rubaya Sub County in the western Uganda district of Kabale.
He was saved by his colleagues who rushed him to Katuna Community Medical Clinic for treatment.
In February this year, Rwanda closed all its common border posts with Uganda including; Katuna, Kagitumba, Mirama Hills and Cyanika accusing Uganda of harboring Rwandan dissidents.