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Gov't protests killing of Ugandan by Rwandan soldiers

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th May 2019 06:41 PM

The government has urged Rwanda to take action against the perpetrators of the attack

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The government has urged Rwanda to take action against the perpetrators of the attack

PHOTO: Rwanda-Uganda border crossing has been closed since March
 
Uganda has protested over the killing of its national, and the violation of its territorial integrity by Rwandan soldiers on Friday, calling the move a provocation. 
 
In a statement issued on Saturday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Uganda has urged Rwanda to take action against the perpetrators of the attack and ensure that there is no recurrence of such incidents in the future.
 
"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 statement read in part.
 
Rwanda soldiers reportedly shot and killed two people, one Ugandan identified as Alex Nyesiga and a Rwandan identified as John Batista on Friday at Hamisavu trading center, Kiruhura village, Kamwezi sub-county in Rukiga district. The incident occurred more than 50 meters inside Uganda.
 
BELOW IS THE GOVERNMENT STATEMENT 
 
 
The  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the  Republic of Uganda presents its compliments to the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the  Republic of Rwanda and has the honour to bring to the latter's attention the serious concern of the  Government of the  Republic Uganda regarding an incident of murder that occurred on  Ugandan territory.
 
On  Friday 24th  May  2019 at about 1955hrs at Hamisavu Trading Center at Kiruhura village,  Kashekye Parish Kamwezi sub-county in Rukiga  District, Rwandan soldiers shot dead two people,  one Ugandan by the names of Nyesiga  Alex and one  Rwandan called Kyerengye John Batista. This incident occurred more than fifty (50) meters inside Ugandan territory.
 
The incident happened when John  Batista aged   25 –years-old,  a resident of Nkoma cell,  Ntarabwe Parish, Burasirazooba sub­ county,  Nyagatare District, attempted to cross into Rwanda on a motorcycle loaded with his merchandise but turned back upon seeing security presence across the border.   He was chased and intercepted by two armed Rwandan soldiers, a distance of more than  50 meters inside Uganda territory at Hamisavu  Trading Center.  The victim (John Batista) resisted arrest and was shot in the head and died instantly.  The armed soldiers, in addition, shot Nyesiga Alex, a Ugandan national who tried to intervene.   He died on the way to a nearby Health Center.   The   Rwandan soldiers retreated back to Rwanda after failed attempts to forcefully remove the body from Ugandan territory.
 
The   Uganda Government is ready to hand over the body of the deceased Rwandan national on - Monday 27th May 2019 at Katuna border.
 
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 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Rwanda, the assurances of its highest consideration.
 
Kampala, 25 May 2019

 

 

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