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Families of two men held over Rwanda links receive death threats

Albertine Regional Police spokesman Julius Hakiza is to lead the investigation on the death threats issued to Mr Suleiman and Munyakazi both residents of Gayaza Town Council – on Rwanda rebel links (FILE PHOTO)

KAKUMIRO – The families of two residents of Kakumiro District who were in June arrested for allegedly plotting to cause insecurity in Rwanda are living in fear after receiving death-threatening letters.

Mr Suleiman, a resident of Gayaza Town Council and one Munyakazi a resident of the same area, were on June 26 this year detained for nearly two weeks and questioned by several security operatives on whether they knew anything about rebellious activities against the current regime in Rwanda.

Whereas the duo was later released, they now say unknown people dropped two letters threatening to kill him over his engagements with the anti-Rwanda forces.

“They dropped it at my doorstep threatening to kill me with my family like they killed Karegyeya in South Africa….It was written in two languages in Kinyarwanda and English. The letters were picked up by police,” Suleiman said on Friday.

“They think that I am in support of Kayumba Nyamwasa and the rebel group which is against the Rwanda regime….They claim that I recruit the youth into rebel activities but am innocent’’ he added.

The letters reportedly warn the suspects to concentrate on eating cassava in Uganda and stop attacking Rwanda.

The letter read in part ‘‘how can you attack Rwanda? Kayumba is lying to you. If you don’t leave them, we will kill you with your family and relatives”.

Albertine Regional Police spokesman Julius Hakiza promised to investigate the matter.

The accident comes a week after two other area residents – Abdul Karim Niwamanya and Abdul Safari – all residents of Igayaza Town Council, were picked by security operatives at around 5 pm, bundled into the car and driven off to an unknown destination.

Since last year, some suspects have been arrested by operatives of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence over their alleged links to espionage for a neighbouring country and forcefully repatriating refugees.

According to Niwamanya’s father, Mr Ali Ahimbisibwe, the security operatives were driving a black, tinted car and armed with pistols. Mr Ahimbisibwe said they also carried a smartphone with photos of the suspects. He said he suspects the soldiers were from the Internal Security Organisation (ISO).

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