Crime & Investigation

Rwanda Frees Ugandan Bus Manager

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Rwandan authorities have released Emmanuel Sebuzuru, a Ugandan national, who was arrested this past Wednesday.

“Yes, I have been told that he has been released,” Rwanda’s Ambassador to Uganda, Frank Mugambage told ChimpReports on Saturday afternoon.

“He had some issues,” he added, without giving details.

Sebuzuru, the Manager of Horizon Bus Company, was picked by Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) officials when he crossed to Ruhengeri Town in the Northern Province of Rwanda to pick up company money.

He was reportedly taken to RIB’s district headquarters in Ruhengeri where he was interrogated about the large sums of money he had.

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“The investigators didn’t find anything wrong and let him go without any charge,” said a Rwandan official who spoke to ChimpReports on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to address the media.

Geoffrey Barore Nombe, the traders’ association chairman at the Cyanika border says Sebuzuru had earlier in the day received a phone call from the Manager of Jaguar Bus Company in Ruhengeri, inviting him to cross to Rwanda and pick up the money for banking.

The large sums of money raised suspicion among Rwandan authorities hence the brief arrest.

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The incident came at a time of heightened tension between the two countries.

Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda on February 27, 2019, to purportedly expedite the construction of the single customs post at Gatuna border.

Rwanda advised truck drivers destined to Kigali to use Kagitumba border via Mirama Hills but Ugandan goods are not allowed into the Rwandan market.

Rwandan officials including President Paul Kagame later accused Ugandan authorities of abducting its citizens and locking them up in ungazatted areas.

Rwanda also accused Uganda of hosting and facilitating dissidents especially Rwanda National Congress-RNC and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda FDLR, which have declared war on the Kigali government.

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