Rwandan Soldier Kills 4 Colleagues in CAR


President Museveni has said he is pleased with the changed attitude in Kenya on issues of Uganda, stuff especially goods in transit whose clearance time has been reduced from 18 to 3 days.

The President was speaking during a bilateral meeting between Uganda and Kenya shortly after receiving President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margaret Kenyatta to Uganda for a three day state visit on Saturday.

President Uhuru is in Uganda at the invitation of President Museveni.

“With the railway which we are planning, online it will reduce to one day. The people of the interior of Africa will not be disadvantaged because of colonial borders, information pills ” he said.

The President said the two countries have been fighting terrorism together to achieve peace in the region.

He thanked President Uhuru for agreeing to come to Uganda for the state visit and for bringing his wife Margaret Kenyatta to her other home.

President Uhuru Kenyatta thanked the people of Uganda for the warm welcome and said his visit is aimed at strengthening existing relations between the two countries.

Kutesa receiving Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret in Uganda
Kutesa receiving Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret in Uganda

“As correctly stated, Kenya and Uganda are joined at the hip; brothers and sisters who need each other. Strengthening existing relations is the only way to real success. Achieving prosperity of our people is if we work together. We are stronger when we work together. We need one another,” he said.

President Uhuru said to bring stability to our region including in South Sudan, Somalia and Burundi; they have worked together to achieve objectives that they have set for their people.

“What we want to achieve for the region and the continent, is to take their rightful place in the world. Look at the bigger picture, a strong voice makes us more united,” he said.

On arrival, President Kenyatta accompanied by his wife Mrs Margaret Kenyatta were received by their hosts President Yoweri Museveni and the First lady Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni.

Uhuru inspecting a guard of hnour in Uganda
Uhuru inspecting a guard of hnour in Uganda

President Uhuru inspected a guard of honour mounted by Officers and men of the UPDF. He received a 21 gun salute and was entertained by a local cultural group.

The two leaders later held tete a tete meeting before President Uhuru signed the visitor’s book.

At the airport, President Uhuru and his delegation were received by the outgoing UN Secretary General and current Minister of Foreign Affairs in Uganda Hon. Sam Kutesa.
Rwanda Defence Force have intensified investigations into circumstances under which a soldier deployed in Central African Republic (CAR) opened fire, prostate killing four of his colleagues and injuring eight others.

After the shooting, unhealthy the soldier whom the Rwandan army is yet to identify was killed to save lives of other peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission.

Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) spokesperson, ask Brig Joseph Nzabamwita described the incident as “unfortunate.”

He said in a statement seen by ChimpReports on Sunday that, “investigations so far point toward terrorism to be the motive behind this deplorable act, as evidence so far reveals.”

Rwandan soldiers are revered for their strict discipline and recently won international praise for restoring stability in Central African Republic.

RDF was the first Rwandan contingent deployed in the war-torn country where they greatly stabilised the situation under severe security challenges from various religious extremist militia groups.

Nzabamwita said the incident occurred on 08 August 2015 at around 05:45 hours in Bangui, at Rwanda Battalion Headquarters (RWABATT 2) located at 5th Arrondissement SOCATEL M’POKO.

He stressed that the Casualties were immediately evacuated to Level two Hospital in Bangui.

“Four of the injured soldiers that needed to be operated on have undergone successful operations, and all the eight are not in critical condition,” he added.

Contrary to earlier reports that the killer soldier had taken his own life, Nzabamwita emphasised in his update that, “The RDF engaged the assailant soldier, killing him and saving the lives of other RDF peacekeepers.”

RDF deployed a 850-strong Mechanised Infantry Battalion heavily armed to engage in emergency stabilisation to insecurity prone Bangui-CAR, where several armed militia were engaged.

The RDF peacekeepers conducted several peacekeeping operations in Bangui including opening a 700km road from Bangui to CAR-Cameroun border, protecting humanitarian assistance corridor connecting Bangui to Dual Port.

The RDF Peacekeepers have also been responsible for protecting Government officials including the President and other officials.

President Samba Panza on 21 January 2015 thanked the Rwandan peacekeepers for intervening to restore peace in Central Africa Republic.

“We can’t forget to appreciate you. If you had not intervened, we do not know what could have happened. Thank you again”, she said.

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