BURERA – Rwanda security officials have arrested two Ugandans who had gone to visit their relatives in Burera, Rwanda.
The duo; Mr Gilbert Beingana, 24, and Mr Amos Tibesiga, 50, residents of Butanda Sub-county, Kabale District, are said to have been arrested on Monday, November 11.
Mr Gideon Turyatunga, a brother of Mr Beingana, is quoted by Uganda Radio Network as saying that his sibling had crossed to Rwanda through one of the porous borders points in Rubaya Sub-county.
Mr Turyatunga says Mr Beingana and Mr Tibesiga were intercepted and detained at Commune Headquarters.
Mr Turyatunga says that although they know where Mr Beingana is being held, they are hesitant to cross the border to Rwanda. He said that they have only reported the matter to sub-county security officials while liaising with some of their relatives in Rwanda to help. Venerable Pafura Baryamureeba, a brother of Mr Tibesiga (the second detainee), says he [Tibesiga] was arrested while carrying Irish potatoes to Kivuye Market after crossing to Rwanda the border in Butanda.
The incident comes a week after, two Ugandans; John Bosco Tuhirirwe and Job Ebyarishaga, both from Rukiga district were shot dead by Rwandan security forces at Tabarwe Sector in Nyagatare District, about 200 meters from the Ugandan border on allegations of smuggling tobacco.
Earlier, Mr Pierre Havugimana, a resident of Kabaya in Gishara Parish in northern Rwanda was shot on the left shoulder by Rwandan security officials for allegedly smuggling 50 kilogrammes of Irish potatoes from Katuna. Several similar incidences have been recorded