Authority in Kampala has on Saturday delivered a protest note to Kigali after Rwandan security unlawfully entered its territory and shot two people, as the diplomatic tensions between the leaders of the two countries continues to rise.
Once a close allies, Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni have in the past few months turned sword against each other with both accusing the other of espionage, political assassinations and meddling in each other’s backyards.
Uganda’s ministry of foreign affairs on Saturday said they were ready to hand over the body of one of the victims, John Batista, 25 to the government of Rwanda on May 27, 2019. The other victim was identified as Alex Nyesiga, a Ugandan.
Authorities said the soldiers entered “about 80 metres into Ugandan territory” in pursuit of Batista, a businessman and resident of Nkoma cell, Ntarabwe Parish, Burasirazooba sub county, Nyagatare District in Rwanda, who rode into Uganda on a motorbike laden with goods from Uganda but made a U-turn on seeing the soldiers.
“The victim resisted attempts to arrest him, and he was shot to the head and killed instantly,” reads part of the statement adding that Nyesiga who tried to intervene was also shot dead. The soldiers then retreated into Rwanda.
“The government is ready to hand over the body of the deceased Rwandan national on Monday 27th May 2019 at Katuna. The government of Uganda protests in the strongest terms the violation of its territorial integrity by Rwandan soldiers and the criminal, brutal and violent act by the Rwandan soldiers, on Ugandan territory against unarmed civilians. The ministry demands that action be taken against the perpetrators of this attack. The government of Rwanda is strongly urged to take appropriate measures to avoid recurrence of such provocative incidents in the future,” the statement adds.
Rwanda on its parts accuses Kampala of spreading false news over the shooting of two people in Uganda territory.
Rwanda has for last couple of months closed its Uganda boarder at Katuna and blocked its citizens from travelling to Uganda accusing Kampala of harassing its nationals an accusations the Kampala regime rejected.