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EXCLUSIVE: UPDF Colonel’s Brother, Dr Ruvuma, Arrested Over Rwanda Refugees Saga

At around 10:00 am on Sunday, December 17, Dr Sam Ruvuma moved to his local Church in Mbarara Town, Western Uganda, for prayers.

Dr Ruvuma, who also teaches at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), quietly sat in church for a few minutes before being interrupted.

A Church official tapped him on the back, saying, “Some people outside the church would wish to talk to you.”

The doctor, who studied from Rwanda’s Butare University (Medicine Faculty), left church to meet with the people who intended to have a chat with him.

The men who were waiting for Ruvuma swiftly forced him into a vehicle which drove off to an unknown destination.

The move left the crowd in shock as the doctor left his personal belongings in the church.

It’s understood a CIID officer only identified as Alex played a key role in identifying and seizing Ruvuma.

Efforts to secure comments from police spokesperson Emillian Kayima did not bear fruit as he was yet to receive a brief on the matter.


According to highly placed sources, Dr Ruvuma is likely to be charged with “human trafficking” following the arrest over 40 Rwandan refugees as they travelled from Uganda to Burundi via Tanzania.

Dr Ruvuma

It’s alleged some members of the church participated in the trip which was blocked by Police.

The Rwandan refugees, who said they were headed for a Christian Crusade in Burundi, had crossed into Tanzania before being pursued by Ugandan police and returned to Isingiro, Uganda.

Kayima said the travelers carried “suspected forged documents”, raising concerns about their motive.

Officials say the arrest has shocked many in security as Dr Ruvuma is a brother of Lt Col Gideon Katinda, the Judge Advocate of the Army Court Martial which is currently prosecuting police officers and Rwandan nationals accused of kidnap and harassment of Rwandan refugees in Uganda.

Judge Advocate of the Army Court Martial, Lt Col Gideon Katinda

Ruvuma, 42, briefly worked in Rwanda after his graduation.

A Ugandan of Rwandan origin, Ruvuma would later relocate to Uganda in search of greener pastures.

It is alleged Dr Ruvuma has previously reported cases of harassment against him.


Most senior police officers we contacted expressed discomfort on commenting about this case.

Mbarara Police Station OC/CIID John Bosco Mutabazi said he was not aware about the matter.

He referred Chimp Corps to regional Police publicist, Samson Kasasira who didn’t pick our calls.

This investigative website contacted Rwizi Regional Police Commander Robert Walugembe who described our inquiry into the incident as “just news to me.”

The area RDC, Capt. Martha Asiimwe also referred this website to Police for official information.

A police official, who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely, observed: “This matter is connected with Rwanda. You need to handle it carefully without causing chaos and alarm. It’s related to the Isingiro incident. This is a contentious matter being handled at a regional level.”

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