RUKIGA- Security in Rukiga District has said that the bodies of two Ugandan nationals that were shot dead on Sunday in Rwanda are to be repatriated today Tuesday, November 12.
The deceased are John Bosco Tuhirirwe, a resident of Nyakabungo village in Kyabihangwa Parish and Job Byarushaga, a resident of Kiruhura village, Kashekye parish, Kamwezi Sub County, in Rukiga district.
The two were shot in the wee hours of Sunday, November 10th 2019 at around 05:00 AM at Nyagatare District, Rwanda about 200 metres from the Ugandan border.
According to eyewitnesses, the deceased with three others identified as Aron Ainebyoona, Christopher Byamukama and Emmanuel Niwamanya were smuggling tobacco using bicycles from Kamwezi to Rwanda before the shooting occurred.
They had crossed to Rwanda through the porous border of Mproro commonly known as Busia.
Speaking to our reporter on Monday morning, the Rukiga Resident District Commissioner Prikeria Muhindo Mwiine says that they had talked to the governor of Nyagatare District on phone requesting for the bodies and they were told to wait until investigations are over.
Muhindo said the Uganda office of the Internal Affairs is working closely with authorities in the government of Rwanda to ensure that the bodies are returned to Uganda and handed over to the relatives for a decent burial.
The RDC said that the bodies are likely to be released on Tuesday and appealed to locals in Kamwezi Sub County to remain calm, not to kill or harass Rwandan nationals who stay in the sub-county since they were not part of the action.
“I want to call for calmness, we have lived with some Rwandan nationals for a long time and they are not the ones behind this killing. Fellow Ugandans let’s not harm them but rather grant them help,” Mrs. Muhindo said.