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Uganda-Rwanda Border Row: EAC, UN Security Council Diplomats Fly to Katuna

KAMPALA: A cross section of diplomats accredited to Uganda are flying to the border with Rwanda for the handover of the body of a Rwandan national killed by Rwandan soldiers in Uganda this past Friday.

The diplomats from East African countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and their counterparts from Russia, China, United States, UK and China are expected to arrive in Kabale later today afternoon.

ChimpReports understands the ambassadors used a chopper from Kampala enroute to South Western Uganda for the ceremony.

Uganda has since accused Rwanda of aggressive behaviour, a claim Kigali denies.

Kampala appears determined to make its case against Rwanda before the international community.

Dora Kutesa, Deputy Chief of Protocol, Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a note to regional diplomats: “I have been requested to invite you, together with all East African Heads of Missions and the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, to witness the handover of the remains of a Rwandese national who was shot and killed in Uganda by Rwanda Army.”

“Uganda government will be handing over the remains to Rwanda, tomorrow Monday the 27th of May, 2019 at Katuna border at 1300 hours,” she added.

John Baptist Kyerengye, 25, a Rwandan national who was in Uganda, attempted to cross into Rwanda on a motorcycle loaded with his merchandise but turned back upon seeing security presence across the border.

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Uganda said Kyerengye was chased and intercepted by two armed Rwandan soldiers, a distance of more than 50 meters inside Ugandan territory at Hamisavu Trading Centre.

The victim resisted arrest and was shot and died instantly at Hamisavu, according to Uganda police spokesperson Fred Enanga.

“The armed soldiers in addition shot Alex Nyesiga, a Ugandan National who tried to intervene,” he added.

Nyesiga died on the way to a nearby health Centre.

Rwanda speaks out

However, Rwanda disputed this version of events, saying the incident occurred inside her territory.

The Rwandan government did not explain in its statement how Kyerengye’s dead body ended up in Uganda.

Kigali also warned it would not take lectures on the conduct of its security forces.

Uganda’s decision to hold a handover could be aimed at making its case before the international community.

Uganda on Saturday protested in the strongest terms what it described as the “violation of its territorial integrity by Rwandan soldiers and the criminal, brutal and violent act by Rwandan soldiers, on Ugandan territory, against unarmed civilians.”

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