Fresh tension is mounting at the Uganda – Rwanda border of Ryakarimira Town Council in Kabale District after a Rwandan national was shot dead and two 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 Saturday at around 9:30PM, at Mushunga in Burera District.
The LC1 chairman for Muguri B village in Ryakarimira Town Council Robert
Bamuturaki said that both the deceased and injured together with a group of other Rwandan nationals had crossed back to Rwanda through a porous border of Muguri B before they were intercepted by Rwandan security
officials in Mushunga a few metres away from the border.
Bamuturaki said that the victims had spent the whole evening having a social hour in Muguri Trading Centre, Ryakarimira Town Council and later
crossed with bags of local waragi.
He says that in the process, when soldiers started shooting the victims ran back to Uganda but in the process, Chabobuzi was shot on the chest and buttocks while Rusizi was shot on the shoulder, Nihabusa was shot on the leg.
He says that Chabobuzi died at Ryakarimira Trading Centre while being
rushed by his colleagues to Muguri Health Centre II for treatment.
In the morning, security officials led by Kigezi Region Police Commander,
Dan Byaruhanga, the Kabale District Police Commander, Brian Ampeire, and the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, Elly Maate rushed to the border to access how the incident occurred.
The injured were transferred to Rubaya Health Centre IV under tight security.
Byaruhanga faulted the reason behind such a shooting. He asked locals to
use such incidents as a lesson not to cross to Rwanda. He adds that investigations into the matter are ongoing.
Body of the deceased was taken to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital for
postmortem. Our reporter also understands that five Rwandan nationals who were in company of the victims have been taken to Kabale Police Station to help in investigations.
They include Bosco Manirafasha aged 23, Erike Nyakanengo 18, Kasasira Nyabirikimusi 17, Jean Damuru Habyarimana 17, Haruna Nakirutimana 18 and Theoden Marishimana, 19.