Sydney Muhereza, a Ugandan businessman who was killed recently in neighbouring Rwanda, was struck more than 10 times by bullets, officials have revealed.
Muhereza, was gunned down on the night of 2nd June 2020 in Kamatengu village, Rwere sector, Burera District., about fifteen kilometers from the Uganda-Rwanda border. His body was handed over to Ugandan authorities on Monday at Katuna border post.
Rwandan authorities said he was smuggling in match boxes.
Speaking on Thursday at the funeral of one James Turyakira in Bukoora Kabale District, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner Darius Nandinda revealed that Muhereza was shot multiple times before he breathed his last.
“Recently we received the body of a Ugandan who had been shot dead in Rwanda. He was shot more than ten times ” Nandinda said.
The RDC also dismissed reports by Rwandan authorities that the deceased was found with traditional fighting weapons.
“Rwanda said he had spears and pangas and that he was trying to fight them. That is not true. He was just doing business illegally and he was shot dead. That’s it.’ Nandinda said.
According to the handover document that was received from the Rwandan authorities at Katuna border, signed by the Supretendant of police Aphrodis Nkundineza and Uwanyirigira Marie Chantal who’s the Burera District Mayor, Rwanda accused the deceased of fighting security using traditional weapons when he was being arrested.
Muhereza is the fifth Ugandan businessman to be killed in Rwanda while allegedly smuggling goods into the same country since February last year.