Ugandan security services have arrested a Ugandan of Rwandan origin in Kiboga, Central Uganda.
Daniel Karangwa, 43, a former head teacher, was on March 26, 2019 picked from Rwamata Summit College where he has been teaching since 2000.
The reason for his arrest remains unclear.
“Karangwa was at school teaching when a Noah brand car parked in the compound,” recalled one of Karangwa’s relatives who preferred anonymity to speak freely.
The plain-clothes security officers told Karangwa he was wanted at Rwamata Police Post as part of an investigation into a case.
Karangwa boarded the Noah van before being driven out of the school.
It is understood Karangwa was briefly detained at Rwamata Police Post where he was interrogated before being transferred to Kampala.
One of Karangwa’s relatives identified as Fred said “police are yet to tell us why he was arrested. At Rwamata Police Post, we were told to contact Flying Squad,” a crack unit of the law enforcement body.
The development comes at a time security operatives are rounding up Rwandans in different parts of the country on suspicion of engaging in acts that threaten Uganda’s national security.
Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa recently dismissed claims by Rwanda that Uganda has been arresting, harassing and torturing Rwandans.
“It is well known that Uganda welcomes and maintains an open door policy for people of all nationalities, including Rwandans wishing to visit the country,” he said.
The Minister was quick to add that Uganda expects all visitors to Uganda, including Rwandans, to remain law abiding.
“Therefore, anyone including Rwandans visiting Uganda has nothing to fear, if they are law abiding,” he emphasised.
He also said since Uganda has previously been targeted by terrorists leading to assassination of high profile government officials, “The government of Uganda remains committed to protecting the security of its citizens and its borders and will act accordingly – local or foreign threats.”
We are yet to establish if Karangwa’s arrest has something to do with his recent trips to Rwanda as efforts to reach Police spokesperson Fred Enanga was not readily available for comment.
Fred, a truck driver, said he traveled with Karangwa to Rwanda for their sister’s marriage ceremony which was held on October 13, 2018.
“The better part of our relatives live in Rwanda. Our grandparents migrated from Rwanda in 1922. We have lived in Kiboga since our birth,” said Fred.
Fred called upon authorities to help the family locate the whereabouts of Karangwa “so that we can visit him.”
The development comes high on the heels of the arrest of Theoneste Ntakirutimana, the head of the Uganda chapter of Association of Pentecostal Churches of Rwanda (ADEPR).
Security is said to have worked on a tip-off that the church, which has branches in different parts of the country, was being used as a cover for Rwanda security services’ activities, a claim we are yet to substantiate.
Earlier, security apprehended Jean Paul Cyusa, a member of ADEPR. He is said to have had conflicts with Ntakirutimana.