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With a single tweet, Mateke completely reveals his true colors

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By Alain Mucyo

Minister Philemon Mateke.

Uganda’s state minister for regional cooperation Philemon Mateke on Thursday evening sent out a virulent tweet that only showed the world his true colors.

In the tweet, Mateke called the Rwandan leadership “devils”, and equated it to Nazi Germany which committed the Genocide of the Jews. “I warned colleagues that nothing good comes from signing a pact with the devil…appeasement didn’t work for Chamberlain in 1938, and it won’t work for us,” Mateke said referring to Rwanda.

The tweet immediately drew public condemnation. But those who know the man, or that have closely monitored the situation between the two countries, know how much Mateke has been a central figure in the strained relations. The Rwanda-born Mateke who throughout his life has managed to hoodwink Ugandans (those that do not know him well) that he is a “Mufumbira” in fact was an old friend of Habyarimana.

Also the 80-year old, born in Burera District has always been known for his deep-seated hatred for Rwanda’s current leadership. This is not surprising since the RPF is the one that liberated Rwanda from the divisive ideologies Mateke is fighting tooth and nail to bring back, according to TheInspiration20 – a blog site specializing in Kisoro issues.

Philemon Mateke’s outburst in the tweet follows another one late last year when he abused the Rwandan delegation to Kampala after it had exposed his links to terrorists that attacked Rwanda in Kinigi last year, killed 14 civilians and injured a number of others. Claiming “innocence”, Mateke abused the leader of the Rwandan delegation, Minister Olivier Nduhungirehe, calling him among other things an “Internet troll”.

But neither Mateke nor the Ugandan administration could refute the facts the Rwandan delegation had exposed, with ample evidence.

During the meetings of the Ad-Hoc Committee on implementation of the Angola MoU, Mateke’s name has cropped up at almost every turn.

Accounts from former FDLR militia have pointed to Mateke’s frantic effort to sponsor terror on Rwanda. Also he has been heard on numerous occasions saying he will never rest until the Kigali government is toppled.

According to those in the know such ideology is the main reason Mateke’s boss the president of Uganda – who knew his background, and ethnic extremism very well – appointed him minister. Under that guise, Mateke’s real brief was to coordinate efforts to destabilize Rwanda.

At the Kampala meeting, Rwanda pinpointed Mateke. It pinned him on coordinating the attack in villages of Kinigi in Musanze District last year, which Rwandan security forces rapidly quelled, killing most of the attackers and capturing five of them alive, with three escaping back to Uganda from where they had attacked. The attack took place on the night of October 3 and was orchestrated by RUD-Urunana, a splinter group from FDLR.

Phone records from the terrorists who were captured during the attack later pointed to the fact that they were constantly in touch with Mateke as the terror event was underway. Confessions from the five attackers that were captured too pinned Mateke.

Since then it has also been revealed that commanders of anti-Rwanda rebel groups have found a home in Mateke’s countryside house, where they stay whenever they are in Kisoro. This is according to numerous reliable sources in the area.

The same Mateke in 2018 chaired a meeting on behalf of his boss at Kampala Serena Hotel in which he brought together leaders of RNC of Kayumba Nyamwasa and FDLR, and urged them about “the benefits of a closer partnership”.

During the meeting, RNC was represented by Kayumba’s brother-in-law Frank Ntwari while FDLR was represented by LaForge-Fils Bazeye, also known as Ignace Nkaka, the then spokesperson of the terror outfit; and Jean Pierre Nsekanabo (Theophile Abega), who was the head of intelligence.

But Bazeye and Abega were intercepted by DR Congo border security at Bunagana as they crossed back from Uganda. The duo was extradited to Rwanda, and absolutely spilled the beans on Mateke (and Mateke’s boss), saying everything.

During their arraignment in court mid-last year, the two FDLR men gave a full account of how they left DR Congo for the Kampala meeting. They disclosed that when they crossed into Uganda, they spent a night in Mateke’s Kisoro hotel. From there they were picked and driven to Kampala to meet the RNC under the coordination of Mateke but at the instruction of the Ugandan ruler.

In his Thursday tweet, Mateke says that, “Uganda released Rwandans” (whom he calls criminals).

But why was Uganda holding those Rwandans in the first place; what crime did they commit?, people have been asking. There never was a trial to charge those nine men with anything. They were merely abducted, locked up with no due process and tortured, some close to three years.

There never was a court process. A few were “tried” in a military court, in violation of their civilian rights. Even then, the military prosecutors could mount no case against them. “There was no case; they were just concocting charges against our clients,” said Eron Kiiza the lead lawyer of the Rwandans.

Hundreds of Rwandans remain in Ugandan detention with no due process.

Angry Rwandans were castigating Mateke on social media, pointing out these facts.

Mateke also claims that, “Rwanda shot Ugandans like dogs”. That is in an apparent reference to the Ugandan smuggler that was shot last week after he, together with his accomplices when they tried to fight security patrols using spears. It happened in the night, when the smugglers were intercepted with their drugs and illicit brews.

“He (Mateke) is a shameless old fellow,” a Twitter commentator said. “Before Mateke talks of dead smugglers that were turning violent, he should have picked interest in the plight of Rwandans that continue to languish in dungeons of CMI, ISO and other Ugandan security outfits.

Unlike the smugglers, these Rwandans have committed no offence. Their only “crime” is being Rwandan, it has long been obvious.

Witness accounts say Mateke has closely worked with Rwandan negative forces for over 20 years, starting with the former ALIR (started by the defeated genocidal ex FAR, and Interahamwe militia), which later rebranded itself as FDLR.

In a nutshell, that’s who Uganda’s minister for regional cooperation is.

Rwanda would welcome a travel advisory against Ugandan smugglers

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By The New Times

On Wednesday, Members of Uganda Parliament raised concerns over the “continued arrest and killing” of Ugandans in Rwanda, urging their government to intervene by issuing a travel advisory against their nationals visiting Rwanda.

This followed the shooting of a Ugandan drug smuggler (along with two Rwandans) by Rwandan law enforcement agents close to the border with Uganda late night this past Saturday.

The MPs’ demands follow a pattern from Uganda. Rather than discuss the real issues, they want to find moral equivalencies where none exists. It is a clear suggestion that the will to solve the crisis is just not there.

Consider the recent release of nine Rwandans. During the press conference to hand them over, Uganda’s foreign minister, Sam Kutesa, urged Rwanda to reciprocate.

One wonders whether he was urging Rwanda to similarly sweep Ugandans off Rwandan streets, disappear them in ungazetted detention centres, torture them for years without access to legal representation or consular support, and then call a press conference during their release in order to show reciprocity.

Similarly, the Ugandan media has been awash with stories purporting that the two countries have been supporting each other’s dissidents.

None has been able to mention a single dissident that Rwanda is supporting against Uganda.

Not an individual or rebellion. However, Uganda seems to want Rwanda to “reciprocate” on this matter as well, though it doesn’t specify as to how.

Rwanda advised its nationals against traveling to Uganda because it couldn’t guarantee their safety there, Ugandan law-makers yesterday urged their government to “reciprocate” by issuing a travel advisory against their nationals traveling to Rwanda.

On what basis? The incidents involving smugglers who have been shot at the border involve violent resistance by smugglers and others infiltrating from Uganda to lawful challenges from Rwanda’s border security officers.

Ugandan law-makers should interest themselves in the criminality that leads to such unfortunate loss of life and other casualties.

Rwanda has never asked Uganda to tolerate any criminality by Rwandans. On the contrary, it has urged that country to prosecute people where it has evidence they have committed crimes, whether it is espionage or any other crimes; to free those on whom it has no evidence to take to court.

This is what Rwanda always does with Ugandan nationals caught in criminal activities in Rwanda. It is not that Uganda does not spy in Rwanda or that there are no Ugandans who engage in criminal activities in Rwanda.

But Rwanda does not hold illegally or torture any Ugandans. Ugandans who have been, for one reason or another, found themselves on the wrong side of the law in Rwanda have been accorded due process and, as foreigners, their country’s diplomatic mission has been informed in order for it to extend such people consular assistance.

Indeed, had the smugglers not refused lawful arrest by Rwanda’s law enforcers, they would also have been subjected to the same process.

This is something Uganda has failed to afford Rwandans, who continue to be illegally detained, sequestered in ungazetted detention centres and tortured in that country.

One would expect law-makers to develop interest in these differences in the application of due process before trying to conjure up false moral equivalences.

The pernicious narrative Ugandan MPs seem to be trying to subtly promote is that at least Uganda doesn’t kill Rwandans; it only tortures them.

“Our people have been killed, should they continue to go to Rwanda? Come out and advise on whether they should continue to go there or not. We have left this to the people who go to Rwanda and they are killed,” Speaker Rebecca Kadaga observed.

“Just two weeks ago, we lost some Ugandans. We just cannot continue to wait to hear that more Ugandans have been killed in Rwanda.

Something should be done to stop Ugandans from traveling to Rwanda so that whoever goes there does so, at their own risk,” MP Betty Ocan said.

Rwanda would certainly welcome a travel advisory from the Ugandan Parliament and the rest of that country’s establishment towards Ugandan smugglers and drug traffickers, advising them to avoid Rwanda or to obey lawful orders whenever they encounter Rwandan border security officers.

For once, a discussion on “reciprocation” would have some sense.

Source: By The New Times

Link: Rwanda would welcome a travel advisory against Ugandan smugglers

Kampala website’s misinformation tactics can’t sanitize lawbreakers and smugglers

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By Alain Mucyo.

Sarah Kagingo – owner of SoftPower, a Kampala tool of misinformation.

When this Wednesday Ugandan officials were handed the body of a smuggler, who had turned violent on Rwandan security patrols resulting in his getting shot, SoftPower a Kampala tool of misinformation decided to use the occasion to smear Rwanda.

This wasn’t surprising since SoftPower is run by Sarah Kagingo – a prominent misinformation specialist that consistently peddles virulently anti-Rwanda content. Kagingo is one of a phalanx of propagandists in the pay of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), under the direction of agency’s head, Brig. Abel Kandiho.

In the article titled, “Rwanda hands over body of Ugandan who was shot and killed by Rwandan security”, the website publishes nothing that’s factual.

It instead tries to peddle a (false) version of events concocted by the Ugandan intelligence community, in a bid to sanitize hardcore smugglers while demonizing and ramping up anti-Rwanda hate.

The narrative they push is that the Ugandan who was shot was “a few meters in Rwanda, having escorted his cousins that had been to Uganda to visit him.” This is a debunked narrative as news reports have proved. The deceased Ugandan smuggler, Theogene Ndagijimana was escorting no cousins. They were on a smuggling mission in the middle of the night with two accomplices.

“They are a well-known gang of smugglers whom the border communities from either side knew very well; they share no blood relation other than the habit of smuggling Kanyanga and other illicit products from Uganda into Rwanda,” said a border resident in Burera District.

Our source added that the smugglers were known to abuse the same lethal gin they smuggled, and other drugs. It is said this made them very aggressive and dangerous.

Reports are that when security patrols on the Rwandan side apprehended the men, they began brandishing spears.

The SoftPower spin however goes on to quote fictitious sources to create the impression that, “Ugandan citizens along the border live in fear and cannot go to their gardens, because they may inadvertently cross into Rwanda and get shot”.

The record shows that this is a completely fabricated scenario.

First of all the shootings have been isolated and have happened deep into the night. Who goes out to their garden to dig at those hours? SoftPower offers no explanation.

Also, Ugandans cross into Rwanda daily, whether at Cyanika, Gatuna, Kagitumba, and all the other official border posts. And they cross back home as they please.

These are the orderly people; the citizens that are committing no crimes, or anything illegal.

But SoftPower is not interested in facts. For propaganda purposes, it is only misinforming people who live far away from the border communities. Another lie the website is peddling is that “several Ugandans have been arrested and are being kept in custody in Rwanda”.

Rwandan authorities that we interviewed scoffed at this particular lie, making it clear that anyone who is arrested is duly processed. “I challenge them to name any Ugandan that has been arrested and is being kept in custody,” he said.

Observers will notice that SoftPower again is engaging in projection. The offences it accuses Rwanda exactly are what Ugandan security agencies have been doing to Rwandan nationals.

By now everyone in this region knows about how agencies like Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence – one of those that funds the virulent anti-Rwanda smears – has been abducting and torturing Rwandans. CMI, and others like Internal Security Organization have been illegally jailing Rwandans, whom they arrest with no due process.

With zero proof they accuse the Rwandan nationals of “espionage”, “illegal gun possession”, and other concocted charges.

Up to now, hundreds of Rwandans remain incarcerated in dungeons operated by CMI. Others remain in Ugandan prisons, charged with nothing, yet doing quasi-slave labor.

On their part, Rwandan authorities assert that they will not relax against smuggling, especially against dangerous drugs, more so in the night.

The authorities’ advice to members of communities on both sides of the border is to always use official, gazetted border crossings.

On “kidnaps”, Kampala papers spin a yarn on Rwanda that’s never been tenable

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By Alain Mucyo

Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti, the Chairman of the General Court Martial.

Ugandan media has since the beginning of the week been awash with stories about the release on bail by the country’s court martial of four senior police officers who have been on remand for over two years.

The officers in question include former commander of the Uganda Police Flying Squad Herbert Muhangi and SCP Joel Aguma, a former commander of the Professional Standard Unit in the Uganda Police Force. They were released alongside two other officers with whom they had been on remand.

They were all given bail this Monday by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti who also doubles as the Chairman of the General Court Martial. According to Gutti, the accused were given bail because, “the offences (they are being charged with) were bailable, and they have fixed places of abode.” Most intriguing is the fact that Muhangi in particular, was in February last year given bail by the same judge at the same court, but was still kept on remand for close to a year.

The quartet, together with many others, including a former Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura, and other former top Uganda Police brass had been accused of arresting and extraditing some two Rwandan terror suspects.

Kayihura was granted bail by the same court, by the same Gutti in August 2018.

The two Rwandans in question included convicted terrorist Joel Mutabazi. These individuals never were abducted, as sections of Uganda’s media like to allege.

They were extradited under an existing bilateral framework between the police forces of the two countries.

A Ugandan legal practitioner who was interviewed for this article further wondered, rhetorically: “Why not charge and try them during all that time they have been on remand, if you have a prima facie case against them?” This is clearest indication; the way these Muhangis and Agumas have been treated that they were mere scapegoats.

According to informed sources there was a power struggle behind the scenes in Kampala. A clique of powerful officials closely affiliated to the Ugandan ruler – among them Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde the former Ugandan minister of national security – wanted the former Uganda Police IGP Kale Kayihura out of office. Asap!

To the members of a powerful cabal closely aligned to the President in the security organs, Kayihura was as an “undesirable” and an “inconvenience”, as they positioned themselves for influence. So framing Kayihura and his entire team was never far behind. With the arrest of Mutabazi, Tumukunde and a few other higher-ups, the power players saw a perfect opportunity to frame Kayihura.

By then it was public knowledge that Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC had deep tentacles running within Ugandan security organs – most notably CMI.

When Mutabazi, an RNC terrorist was handed to Rwanda – which was in a fugitive exchange program that saw Kigali too hand over people like Shanita Namuyimba (“Bad Black”) and others wanted for offenses back in Uganda – Uganda Police only was doing its duty.

But Tumukunde – who is one of those at the forefront in the project to destabilize Rwanda – and (Brig Abel) Kandiho the CMI chief instead saw a golden opportunity against Kayihura, and struck.

“Kayihura is working with Rwanda!” they claimed. To be accused in Uganda of working with Rwanda, regardless how little Kigali may know of any such a matter, is the next thing to a death sentence by CMI. Yet the accusers never showed proof of their claims.

In fact Uganda Military court records show Kayihura’s persecutors so lacked proof to back their accusations that they doctored an audio, supposedly of the former IGP ordering crimes. The audio was immediately deemed fake by forensics experts at Makerere.

The true facts are that even when Uganda Police handed Mutabazi over to its Rwanda counterparts, it wasn’t even they (Uganda Police) that had arrested him. Reliable sources have since disclosed that the extradition was specifically sanctioned by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Museveni’s son, whose influence in the military is only second to his father’s.

But the Kampala media, which long ago abdicated the duty of truth telling will only peddle falsehoods about Rwanda.

“After (the handover) that’s when the Ugandan security establishment realized Mutabazi had been delivered together with a computer on which there was incriminating evidence; lot’s of it linking the likes of CMI and others to RNC. That’s when those after Kayihura saw a perfect chance to nail him. And to purge his entire team – the likes of Muhangi, Aguma, Col. Ndahura Atwooki, SSP Nixon Agasirwe, and many others – and lock them up.

CMI-linked media was working around the clock to link all these people to Rwanda, though the dynamics behind their downfall were completely different.

Meantime even as the cops in Kampala were being framed by the shadowy cabal, in Rwanda Mutabazi – whom ironically they never stop propagandizing that he was “kidnapped” – enjoyed due process. His trial was carried out in the open. It took as long as he could defend himself, with his lawyers. And he got his due sentence.

Instead of false equivalences, Kadaga should be taking Uganda to task to implement the Luanda MoU

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By Patience Kirabo

Uganda Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

In an article on Tuesday titled “Travelling to Rwanda: MPs task government to issue advisory”, Daily Monitor which has become more and more like a propagandist organ reported a Ugandan Parliament session on current strained relations between Kampala and Kigali.

In the session Parliament is claimed to have tasked the government to issue a travel advisory to Ugandans who wish to travel to Rwanda, citing recent reports of “mistreatment” and “killing of Ugandan nationals” in the neighboring country.

Read: Ugandan smuggler shot while smuggling drugs into Rwanda

One immediately was struck by how those members of Parliament that tabled the motion either are misinformed, or are just cynically being manipulated.

Rwanda has not mounted any campaign of harassment against Ugandan nationals. No Ugandan is persecuted, hunted down on false pretexts of “illegal entry”, “espionage” and others. No Ugandan arrested in Rwanda is denied due process; locked up illegally and incommunicado, or physically abused. All these are things that were happening to Rwandan nationals crossing to Uganda to do business, or other ordinary things.

Read: Kampala misinformation website Softpower will deceive none with its projection, observers

When the torture; the persecution and mistreatment of Rwandans had been going on for over two years; and despite repeated protests by Kigali – through diplomatic notes verbale and other channels – but instead the Ugandan security agencies responsible just escalated the persecution of innocent Rwandan nationals, that’s when Rwanda issued its travel advisory against her citizens crossing to Uganda.

“(Uganda Speaker of Parliament) Rebecca Kadaga rather than promoting lawlessness should know better,” said a lawyer. The comment was prompted by the fact that Kadaga seems to be equating the shooting of some smugglers from Uganda that turned violent and attacked Rwanda security patrols at different times.

“If a Ugandan is crossing through official, gazetted crossings, he has nothing to fear; and no one else who isn’t breaking the law has anything to fear,” Rwandan authorities have been stressing.

Read: Uganda-based actors, others beyond, assault the release of long-suffering Rwandans

Ugandans everyday use all the official crossings and enter Rwanda and are received well. Even those that are caught breaking the law (unlike the extremely few violent smugglers that attack law enforcers) too enjoy their rights in Rwanda. Their court cases are expedited within 48 hours. If the Uganda High Commission in Rwanda wants to visit any, they are facilitated to do so.”

Kadaga should acquaint herself with the facts, and be responsible with the truth as a high-ranking dignitary in her country, observers say.

“If for some reason she feels Ugandans (who are perfectly safe unless their Rwandans counterparts) should not go to Rwanda any longer, she should just tell the truth and not resort to smears by innuendo.”

The parliamentarian should also be aware of the presence of groups hostile to Rwanda that plot violent conflict against the country, and that also work hand in hand with Ugandan security organs to harass innocent Rwandans travelling to, or already in Uganda.

Some Ugandan MPs in fact have showed concern why Uganda still harbors negative elements bent on destabilizing the neighboring country. Some tabled a motion to summon Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to appear before Parliament and issue a statement on the current standoff between the two countries.

Read: With a guilty conscience plaguing Ugandan establishment, their propaganda lays a funny egg

Rather, Kadaga should have told the parliament on the proceedings of the motion rather than searching for equivalency of travel advisory that has no basis.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga says that there is concern that Ugandan nationals who wish to travel to Rwanda are finding it hard because of the sour relationship between the two countries. These words are belied by the facts on the ground, as even shown by the busloads of Ugandans that safely travel to Rwanda, and leave daily.

The speaker and others instead should be taking their government more to task why it is not implementing the Luanda MoU, which amongst other things stipulates nationals of one country detained in another without due process should all be released. So far Uganda has released (or dumped in the case of many), just a few dozen illegally detained Rwandans.

Read: RNC activities persist in Uganda despite Luanda MoU

Yet there are hundreds remaining in the country’s prisons and torture dungeons.

Luanda MoU also stipulates the dismantling of groups hostile to another country. Kampala is yet to dismantle RNC.

As for Rwanda, she can never relax her vigilance against smuggling; especially the trafficking of drugs and other illegal substances – more so doing this kind of thing at night.

Kampala misinformation website Softpower will deceive none with its projection, observers

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By Alex Muhumuza

In the usual bid to ramp up anti-Rwanda hate, SoftPower – a website run by Sarah Kagingo, one of the prominent Kampala regime propaganda and misinformation specialists – has published yet another series of falsehoods and outright distortions.

In a piece published yesterday, Tuesday 21 under the screaming headline, “RWANDA BLOCKS 133 UGANDAN CATTLE IN TRANSIT TO BURUNDI”, SoftPower seems to operate on the premise that anything Ugandans choose to do in Rwanda; even when against the law, Rwandan authorities should just keep quiet. And do nothing.

The website claims that, “authorities in Rwanda have blocked cattle destined to Bujumbura from transiting through Rwandan territory.” It states that, “the incident happened on Sunday when Uganda Revenue Authority’s Customs and Excise Department cleared the exportation of the 133 cows to Burundi in transit through Kagitumba Border point, only for Rwandan authorities to deny them transit.”

Read: Chimpreports sniffs around Rwanda for “missing politician”, ignores its history of inaccuracies

The website then goes on to slander Rwandan authorities – claiming from obviously fictitious “sources” that Rwanda first cleared documents for the cows to transit to Burundi and allowed them through, “before shifting positions as though the officers were getting fresh orders from other top officials in Rwanda.”

There are many dubious things about this article and the first is that it doesn’t mention this Ugandan who was exporting cows to Burundi. Why does SoftPower want to conceal his identity, unless he was involved in something fishy?

Our own investigation has revealed that the Ugandan in question is one Kangwa Godwin, a resident of Kikyenkye Sub-county in the country’s Ibanda District. A copy of an Inter-state animal transfer document, signed in Ibanda shows that Kangwa’s 113 cows were vaccinated against Lumpy skin disease, and “screened against Brucellosis”.

But it turns out that the exporter did not fulfill all the requirements to permit transit of such a big number of animals through the territory of another state.

When the animals arrived in Rwanda the authorities wrote to their transporter, this Monday informing him, “there was no indication that the animals were from areas free from transboundary diseases such as Foot and Mouth or Rift Valley Fever, or if the cattle were vaccinated against these specific diseases.”

Read: With a guilty conscience plaguing Ugandan establishment, their propaganda lays a funny egg

This, says the letter from Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board, is mandatory according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) regulations and standards regarding animal movement.

The fact SoftPower is mentioning nothing of this makes one wonder: what interest do they have in seeing that cows not vaccinated as required by international laws just enter Rwanda?

Another thing the propagandist website fails to mention is that Rwandan authorities escorted the cows to Nemba Border at Burundi border, which was an act of good neighborliness as these cows were not fully vaccinated. Authorities in Rwanda were left wondering: why does Uganda not adhere to international standards?

It seems like SoftPower is rushing to create issues where none should be, one reader thought.

Read: In slander against released Rwandans, Monitor continues to expose its true colors

Further analysis of the article shows Kampala propaganda organs are as ever employing the tactic of projection. This is a favored misinformation method whereby the perpetrator of an offence brazenly accuses his or her victim of that very offence. There are many examples of this, in this one SoftPower article alone.

The projection begins with the website making the following observation: “EAC partner states including Rwanda signed the Common Market Protocol in November 2009, and it came into force on 1 July 2010. Its main objective is to progressively transform into a single market that allows for free movement of goods, persons, services, labor and capital while guaranteeing right to residence and establishment as well as ensuring the smooth operation of the EAC Common Market.”

SoftPower then goes on to accuse Kigali of undermining the EAC treaty “by this development” (denying the cows passage through Rwanda), and that “it violates the principle of free trade and movement of goods across countries.”

Kagingo and her organ are accusing Rwanda of infractions Ugandan authorities in fact have committed against Rwandan businesses, and not very long ago.

In August 2018 the Ugandans seized two trucks carrying a combined 40 tonnes of coltan and tin belonging to a Rwandan company, Mineral Supply Africa. The company executives were shocked and couldn’t understand this act as all their paperwork was in order.

Yet the Ugandans held the minerals for three months on the pretext the documents weren’t in order. Then after three months they released the minerals, finally admitting that the documents were legitimate. They did not say what made them think they were out of order in the first place. Mineral Supply Africa incurred serious losses but never was compensated.

In the same year, Ugandan authorities stopped and held consignments of Rwandan milk in trucks that were enroute to Kenya. By the time the time the milk was released, it had gone bad. And with that a patiently negotiated export market for Rwandan milk prematurely ended.

In both incidents it looked like someone in Kampala was engaged in acts of deliberate economic sabotage against Rwanda.

One wonders where Sarah Kagingo and SoftPower were that time, as they said completely nothing about “EAC Protocols” when Rwandan commerce was being sabotaged in Uganda. Or do they only speak up when it is convenient to level accusations against Rwanda (though in fact Rwanda has legitimate reasons for what it did, and has no intentions of sabotage)?

In a show of ultimate shamelessness, SoftPower further projects upon Rwanda the crimes their own security organs have been perpetrating against innocent Rwandans. This false equivalency seeks to equate the plight of hundreds of Rwandans illegally arrested, tortured, and others killed by Ugandan security agencies, with the few Ugandan smugglers that have lost their lives after attacking Rwandan patrols – at night in illegal crossings despite repeated warnings.

“SoftPower and its owners will have to try harder to convince anyone, for they have completely lost credibility,” said Rwanda social media personality Mwene Kalinda.

Ugandan smuggler shot while smuggling drugs into Rwanda

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By The New Times

Media reports in Kampala on Monday January 20, reported about a Ugandan who had been shot in Rwanda.The incident happened in the night of Saturday at 11 pm, three kilometers inside Rwanda.

The story that was first published by Daily Monitor, and later reproduced by a number of other websites, claimed that the Ugandan, Theogene Ndagijimana, said to be a resident of Kisoro District, was shot and killed.

The paper said Ndagijimana was shot together with two Rwandan cousins “who had crossed into Uganda to visit their relatives in Kabingo Village (Kisoro) through the ungazetted border entry there.”

The article then added that Ndagijimana was “only escorting the cousins” (through the same illegal crossing point) when Rwandan security officers shot them.

But closer investigation shows the Ugandan media were not presenting all the facts, and in the process omitting important information.

Contrary to reports in Ugandan media, one of the so-called cousins, identified as Munyembabazi, was in fact not just “visiting Uganda” and therefore not someone Ndagijimana was “escorting back to Rwanda.”

In fact, Munyembabazi, 21, has been living in Uganda in the Kisoro area for the past five years.

He also is a well-known smuggler and user of illegal crossings, according to area residents who identified him.

The second “cousin”, Munezero, 20, has been a resident of Kagogo Sector, Kabaya Cell, Murambi in Rwanda. When he went to Uganda, it was not for “a visit”.

He was on a smuggling mission, together with Ndagijimana and Munyembabazi. They were smuggling drugs into Rwanda when they were intercepted.

“Those smugglers were known as having a long-running career in this criminal activity,” said a border security official that talked on condition of anonymity. They also were known to be violent men that, when stopped refused.

They were armed with spears and threatening to use them when police shot. “It is a characteristic of drug smugglers to always turn aggressive when confronted,” border security officers disclosed.

Another smuggler they were with, a Ugandan known as Gatsiri – resident of Kisoro in a place called Gahenerezo Center – escaped.

According to information, Gatsiri is the one that first told about the dead Ugandan.

However, there was a big problem when Ugandan authorities came to collect the body.

An official known as Munanura who represents Uganda’s Internal Security Organ in Kisoro, and who came for Ndagijimana’s body was asked by Rwandan authorities to present the dead man’s identification or his family members.

The deceased smuggler had no document on him when he died. Munanura, the ISO man, had no identification of the dead man.

But when the ISO man and his people left, they did not come back. Neither did Ndagijimana’s family appear to collect the body.

Rwanda authorities have again decried the habit of smuggling; and of using illegal routes, commonly known as “panyas”.

“Why not use the official crossing points? Rwanda has not stopped anyone entering the country – why resort to illegal paths? It only means criminal intentions! It is strictly advised that people from both sides of the border always endeavor to use official crossings in whatever they do,” officials stress.

Rwanda National Police has again warned members of the public to desist from smuggling; especially drug smuggling through illegal crossing points – more so at night.

Source: The New Times

Link: Ugandan smuggler shot while smuggling drugs into Rwanda

RNC activities persist in Uganda despite Luanda MoU

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Prossy Bonabaana (center), Sulah Nuwamanya (left) and Gideon Rukundo Rugari are holding clandestine meetings to advance RNC interests in Uganda, contrary to provisions of the Luanda MoU.

On December 31 last year President Museveni delivered a New Year Message to Ugandans reassuring them that he would “take decisive action to end the tension” between Uganda and Rwanda which has been escalating since 2017 when Uganda began to arrest Rwandans in that country as part of it’s support for Kayumba Nyamwasa’s Rwanda National Congress (RNC). In fact, some confidence building measures were taken including freeing some innocent people who had been rotting in illegal detention in Uganda. However, as one step is taken in the right direction, two are taken back to the direction of escalating further tension.

Reliable sources have confirmed to this website that on Jan 17, 2020 an RNC team comprised of Bonabana prossy, Sula Nuwamanya and Gideon Rukundo Rugari held a meeting at Katanabirwa in Kyekwanzi district as their work to mobilise supporters of the RNC continue without any hint that it will stop anytime soon. Gideon Rugari is a member of the “Uganda Province” of the RNC while Bonabana and Nuwamanya have, with the help of Uganda’s security organs, created a fictitious NGO called the Self Worth Initiative under which activities of the RNC would be carried put clandestinely.

On this particular date, the mobilization meeting was attended by about 60 RNC members drawn from Kiboga and Kyankwanzi districts in Uganda. These RNC officials, according to sources, distributed new membership cards for membership cards as part of their recruitment drive. Significantly, the new members were urged to “never mention the name RNC again,” sources say.

Read: Leah Karegeya, the latest to jump the RNC sinking boat

As part of the concealment, members were also told that the Self Worth Initiative NGO would distribute seedlings and other farming tools to their members to facilitate them to boost agricultural production, especially maize and beans that can also be supplied to the RNC’s fighters in the DRC as the terror organization seeks to reorganize its forces following the decimation that it faced in the DRC jungles at the hands of the Congolese army, FARDC, last year in which hundreds were obliterated and others captured and repatriated to Rwanda where they are facing different charges related to carrying out terror and membership to an armed group.

Since then, the RNC has been splitting and its top leadership has been in disarray following the disappearance of Benjamin Rutabana in Uganda, believed to be under the orders of Kayumba Nyamasa and instigated by his brother in law Frank Ntwali, also a senior member of the RNC who often represents it in meetings in Uganda where he frequents.

The RNC meeting that was concealed as a Self Worth Initiative activity is part of the effort to galvanize a failing organization that the authorities in Uganda seem determined to resuscitate.

The meeting encouraged its members to always use the the cover of the self worth initiative as a means of “concealing evidence that might be used by Rwanda against Uganda,” a source that is reliably informed on details of yet another RNC meeting that is taking place in Uganda despite obligations of the Luanda agreement that require Uganda to stop supporting forces that seek to destabilize it’s neighbor.

With a guilty conscience plaguing Ugandan establishment, their propaganda lays a funny egg

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By Alex Muhumuza

SpyReports, a Kampala-based website that’s one of the many tools of anti-Rwanda propaganda has, this Friday 17 January posted a story claiming that “Rwanda is preparing an ICC case against Uganda’s security personnel.”

SpyReports – which according to reliable sources is owned by one Wamala Raymond but is sponsored by Deborah Rwabwogo, the person in charge of “special duties” in Entebbe State House – says Kigali is doing so because of the human rights violations against the recently released nine Rwandans.

But the website – whose sponsor, Deborah Rwabwogo is the former wife of Col. CK Asiimwe the counterterrorism officer in Ugandan Military Intelligence (CMI) – then goes on to say that it wonders “how this case will stand when ‘Uganda has full records on these (nine) individuals.’” Col. Asiimwe is one of the senior Kampala intelligence officers that are directing a virulent, anti-Rwanda misinformation campaign.

Observers can already read panic in the SpyReports article, which shows no sources for its information.

Read: Chimpreports sniffs around Rwanda for “missing politician”, ignores its history of inaccuracies

The panic can be seen in the fact that the website – which on the basis of no evidence also tries to drag Rwanda into the affairs of Uganda’s People Power movement – is making its claims though Kigali has said nothing about any lawsuits at ICC.

So far Rwanda is only giving medical care to its nine citizens after their hellish experience in Uganda.

These people were arbitrarily arrested at different times by agents of CMI; and CMI affiliated security operatives like Mukama Moses Kandiho. The latter, a Mbarara-based GISO (Government Internal Security Officer) also is a brother to Brig. Abel Kandiho the CMI Chief.

The two men that Moses Kandiho arrested with no charge or due procedure, Emmanuel Rwamucyo and Augustin Rutayisire, have told how Kandiho set them up on fraudulent charges. According to Rwamucyo, one time in May 2018 Moses Kandiho kept badgering him with phone calls, asking him to meet him in town (Mbarara).

When Rwamucyo went to meet Kandiho, he drove with his friend and fellow businessman Rutayisire. Rwamucyo also had a large sum of money (US$ 40,000) in his car. As the two Rwandans were having a cup of coffee, Moses Kandiho arrived and unceremoniously informed them they were under arrest! According to the two men, Kandiho’s people drove them to Makenke Barracks in Mbarara.

Read: In slander against released Rwandans, Monitor continues to expose its true colors

While there, they were accused of “being Rwandan spies”. Later the accusation changed to “illegal weapons possession”. As they were sitting in custody in Makenke, Rwamucyo says, he heard his car drive into the place. He knows its sound, and the moment he realized someone was driving it he says he just knew he had been robbed of his money.

All the Rwandans tell how they suffered while in detention and how they were robbed of property, and especially of money.

Now after several months, some years, of horrendous physical abuse they also know they have been robbed of their health. They have scars all over their bodies. Some are like Nelson Mugabo who walks as if he is crippled. All of them are suffering trauma. They tell of torture that included: water-boarding; beatings with wire cables; being subjected to electric shock; emersion in ice baths for long periods and other inhuman treatment.

The case of businessman Rene Rutagungira in particular gained notoriety for the way he was abducted. Three CMI agents just walked into the bar in Namirembe Bakuli where Rutagungira was relaxing with friends. Brandishing guns they proceeded to drag him away, with not so much as an explanation of who they were.

While in CMI custody in Mbuya, one of Rutagungira’s torturers was former Ugandan internal security minister Henry Tumukunde. The dignitary, according to Rutagungira’s lawyer Eron Kiiza, kicked and punched the bound Rwandan and spat on him.

“Tumukunde’s acts were all in a bid to make Rene confess to things he knew nothing about,” disclosed the lawyer.

In not a single case did Ugandan military prosecutors prove their accusations, or mount a credible case against the Rwandans. The lawyers Kiiza, Gawaya Tegulle, Anthony Odur and others never tired to publicly state this fact.

In not a single case were the illegally imprisoned Rwandans given a right to have their cases publicly heard, in court.

The rights of others were further abused when they were “tried” in military tribunals. Uganda’s own Constitutional Court long ago ruled that military courts have no competence to try civilians.

It has become apparent that the panicked article of SpyReports – when it mentions Rwanda and ICC in the same breath, and claims Kigali wants to take action against Ugandan security personnel for human rights violation – is the strongest indication of a guilty conscience.

Uganda State House’s mouthpiece further inadvertently reveals this guilty mindset when it says (Rwanda)’s objective is “to have the International Community slap sanctions on Uganda and high-ranking government officials, including President Museveni.”

Read: Uganda-based actors, others beyond, assault the release of long-suffering Rwandans

Only those plagued with fear of what their wrongdoing will result into can publish things like this: “as if they are pre-empting whatever charges might be mounted against them!” Kigali analysts are saying.

Kampala knows there is no way it can explain why in the first place it arrested the nine Rwandans, and hundreds of others besides. It knows it can never explain why they tortured these people, or why they did when torture is against international conventions. Neither would the Ugandan security establishment explain the robbery of the money and other property of those they abduct.

Even most difficult to explain for the Museveni regime would be why, if they had any proof of their accusations against the Rwandan nationals, they held them for lengthy periods with no trial.

These kinds of questions will have quite a few individuals in the Ugandan capital sweating bullets.

Chimpreports sniffs around Rwanda for “missing politician”, ignores its history of inaccuracies

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By Alex Muhumuza

Continuing a trend that has now become quite familiar, Chimpreports, one of the websites affiliated with Ugandan Military Intelligence, this Thursday published yet another of its fact-free anti-Rwanda hit pieces.

It was the kind of smear that antagonists of Rwanda just love, that “an opposition politician has disappeared in Rwanda.”

Chimpreports, whose obsession with Rwanda has turned it into a laughing stock – just like all the others “Softpower”, “Spyreports” and an assortment of blogs and social media accounts that specialize in anti-Rwanda misinformation now are a laughing stock – claims the “politician”, one Augustin Niyitegeka “disappeared” on the Second this month.

It says he “went missing” when he was coming back from Bujumbura, adding that Niyitegeka last year formed “the national democratic party.”

If one asked the average Rwandan who Niyitegeka is, chances are they would draw a blank. This writer has no idea who Niyitegeka is. No Rwandan seems to know anything called the national democratic party.

Read: Uganda-based actors, others beyond, assault the release of long-suffering Rwandans

A knowledgeable Twitter commentator like Joel Ruhinankiko said: Niyitegeka “has not been known in any known political circles in Rwanda, unless he is a creation of Giles Muhame” (the Chimpreports chief editor).

Normally a politician is someone known at least by a section of the public; someone that’s been written, or talked about in the national media at least a number of times.

The fact that no one knew who Niyitegeka was – until Chimpreports and others with agendas like theirs turned him into someone – confirms one thing: specialists of anti-Rwanda misinformation can just create an individual out of thin air and proclaim him “an opposition figure”. That then sets the stage for the accusation that another Rwandan has disappeared!

Websites like Chimpreports – which never concern themselves about issues like the disappearance, on 3 June last year, of someone like People Power’s John Bosco Kibalama, whose family has expressed fear that Uganda regime agents abducted him – like to feign concern about “missing” Rwandans.

The same websites that keeps quiet when people like Bobi Wine and his colleagues are assaulted almost to death, and others killed, never miss the chance to write any fact-less thing about Rwanda. But by now any objective observer knows that any person that commits an infraction against the law in Rwanda will be prosecuted according to the country’s laws.

Anyone that breaks the law will have their day in court. From Ingabire Victoire who publicly expressed “double-genocide” views – a gambit often used by those that seek to either trivialize or deny the 94 Genocide – which is a grave offense; to Deo Mushayidi who planned a terrorist insurrection; to Callixte Nsabimana “Sankara” the “commander” of FLN terrorists that killed civilians, looted shops, and burnt vehicles in Nyungwe; to senior FDLR officials LaForge Fils Bazeye and Theophile Abega, and so on, none of these people was treated in any extra-judicial way.

So why would Nsabimana be the exception?

Chimpreports is quiet on that point. It states no objective reason for its claims. Its main goal is to tarnish Rwanda, that’s all.

Read: Museveni’s “decisive actions” must target the RNC’s operations in Uganda

People in Kigali for instance can’t forget the article the website published in April last year that “Rwandan soldiers had crossed into Kisoro looking for food and drinks”. Kigali social media accounts immediately challenged Muhame to produce some evidence – whether audio, video, or even one still photo.

Muhame said he would. He did not. Months came and went, and the gentleman did not show any sort of proof to back his website’s incendiary claims. He became a figure of ridicule on Twitter. But that did not deter him even once from peddling his constant stream of anti-Rwanda fake news.

Observers point out that Chimpreports’ latest claims that Rwanda has made an “opposition politician disappear” are the same as when they insinuated, on different occasions that Kigali was behind the “disappearance” of individuals like Cassien Ntamuhanga, Constantin Tuyishimire, or John Ndabarasa.

It turned out that Ntamuhanga, who was serving a prison sentence for terrorist activities, had escaped from prison. His first stop was Uganda, before he made his way to Europe. But Chimpreports did not retract its earlier false insinuations that “Kigali was behind Ntamuhanga’s disappearance”.

It was the same with Constantin Tuyishimire, a former correspondent of TV1 in Gicumbi. When Tuyishimire went missing in July last year, Chimpreports was in the forefront with alarmist reports, all pointing the finger at Kigali as being “behind the incident”. But a few days later news began to filter in that the journalist had slipped into Uganda.

Read: In slander against released Rwandans, Monitor continues to expose its true colors

If Chimpreports and others eager to disseminate their alarmist “news” cared to investigate, they would know that the journalist went missing because he owed a lot of people money. It was said those he owed money were constantly demanding he pay them.

So the man fled. Once in Uganda, reports say, he found a fertile environment to join anti-Rwanda groups in neighboring Congo.

However things did not go well for Tuyishimire in the current environment whereby rebel groups are being routed in DRC. Reports are that he, and some others fled to Burundi. Then they fell into the hands of Imbonerakure militias who somehow thought these were “Rwandan agents”.

The Imbonerakure absolutely hammered Tuyishimire; to the extent he lost one eye. Video and photos surfaced in November showing the badly injured Rwandan.

Chimpreports, and its fellow Kampala websites did not bother to rectify earlier false articles that Rwanda had abducted him. The same was the case with John Ndabarasa who “disappeared” from Kigali in 2016, for six months, only to surface in Uganda.

One can be certain that nothing will change whenever Niyitegeka re-appears somewhere.

Rwanda would welcome a travel advisory against Ugandan smugglers

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By The New Times

On Wednesday, Members of Uganda Parliament raised concerns over the “continued arrest and killing” of Ugandans in Rwanda, urging their government to intervene by issuing a travel advisory against their nationals visiting Rwanda.

This followed the shooting of a Ugandan drug smuggler (along with two Rwandans) by Rwandan law enforcement agents close to the border with Uganda late night this past Saturday.

The MPs’ demands follow a pattern from Uganda. Rather than discuss the real issues, they want to find moral equivalencies where none exists. It is a clear suggestion that the will to solve the crisis is just not there.

Consider the recent release of nine Rwandans. During the press conference to hand them over, Uganda’s foreign minister, Sam Kutesa, urged Rwanda to reciprocate.

One wonders whether he was urging Rwanda to similarly sweep Ugandans off Rwandan streets, disappear them in ungazetted detention centres, torture them for years without access to legal representation or consular support, and then call a press conference during their release in order to show reciprocity.

Similarly, the Ugandan media has been awash with stories purporting that the two countries have been supporting each other’s dissidents.

None has been able to mention a single dissident that Rwanda is supporting against Uganda.

Not an individual or rebellion. However, Uganda seems to want Rwanda to “reciprocate” on this matter as well, though it doesn’t specify as to how.

Rwanda advised its nationals against traveling to Uganda because it couldn’t guarantee their safety there, Ugandan law-makers yesterday urged their government to “reciprocate” by issuing a travel advisory against their nationals traveling to Rwanda.

On what basis? The incidents involving smugglers who have been shot at the border involve violent resistance by smugglers and others infiltrating from Uganda to lawful challenges from Rwanda’s border security officers.

Ugandan law-makers should interest themselves in the criminality that leads to such unfortunate loss of life and other casualties.

Rwanda has never asked Uganda to tolerate any criminality by Rwandans. On the contrary, it has urged that country to prosecute people where it has evidence they have committed crimes, whether it is espionage or any other crimes; to free those on whom it has no evidence to take to court.

This is what Rwanda always does with Ugandan nationals caught in criminal activities in Rwanda. It is not that Uganda does not spy in Rwanda or that there are no Ugandans who engage in criminal activities in Rwanda.

But Rwanda does not hold illegally or torture any Ugandans. Ugandans who have been, for one reason or another, found themselves on the wrong side of the law in Rwanda have been accorded due process and, as foreigners, their country’s diplomatic mission has been informed in order for it to extend such people consular assistance.

Indeed, had the smugglers not refused lawful arrest by Rwanda’s law enforcers, they would also have been subjected to the same process.

This is something Uganda has failed to afford Rwandans, who continue to be illegally detained, sequestered in ungazetted detention centres and tortured in that country.

One would expect law-makers to develop interest in these differences in the application of due process before trying to conjure up false moral equivalences.

The pernicious narrative Ugandan MPs seem to be trying to subtly promote is that at least Uganda doesn’t kill Rwandans; it only tortures them.

“Our people have been killed, should they continue to go to Rwanda? Come out and advise on whether they should continue to go there or not. We have left this to the people who go to Rwanda and they are killed,” Speaker Rebecca Kadaga observed.

“Just two weeks ago, we lost some Ugandans. We just cannot continue to wait to hear that more Ugandans have been killed in Rwanda.

Something should be done to stop Ugandans from traveling to Rwanda so that whoever goes there does so, at their own risk,” MP Betty Ocan said.

Rwanda would certainly welcome a travel advisory from the Ugandan Parliament and the rest of that country’s establishment towards Ugandan smugglers and drug traffickers, advising them to avoid Rwanda or to obey lawful orders whenever they encounter Rwandan border security officers.

For once, a discussion on “reciprocation” would have some sense.

Source: By The New Times

Link: Rwanda would welcome a travel advisory against Ugandan smugglers

Kampala website’s misinformation tactics can’t sanitize lawbreakers and smugglers

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By Alain Mucyo.

Sarah Kagingo – owner of SoftPower, a Kampala tool of misinformation.

When this Wednesday Ugandan officials were handed the body of a smuggler, who had turned violent on Rwandan security patrols resulting in his getting shot, SoftPower a Kampala tool of misinformation decided to use the occasion to smear Rwanda.

This wasn’t surprising since SoftPower is run by Sarah Kagingo – a prominent misinformation specialist that consistently peddles virulently anti-Rwanda content. Kagingo is one of a phalanx of propagandists in the pay of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), under the direction of agency’s head, Brig. Abel Kandiho.

In the article titled, “Rwanda hands over body of Ugandan who was shot and killed by Rwandan security”, the website publishes nothing that’s factual.

It instead tries to peddle a (false) version of events concocted by the Ugandan intelligence community, in a bid to sanitize hardcore smugglers while demonizing and ramping up anti-Rwanda hate.

The narrative they push is that the Ugandan who was shot was “a few meters in Rwanda, having escorted his cousins that had been to Uganda to visit him.” This is a debunked narrative as news reports have proved. The deceased Ugandan smuggler, Theogene Ndagijimana was escorting no cousins. They were on a smuggling mission in the middle of the night with two accomplices.

“They are a well-known gang of smugglers whom the border communities from either side knew very well; they share no blood relation other than the habit of smuggling Kanyanga and other illicit products from Uganda into Rwanda,” said a border resident in Burera District.

Our source added that the smugglers were known to abuse the same lethal gin they smuggled, and other drugs. It is said this made them very aggressive and dangerous.

Reports are that when security patrols on the Rwandan side apprehended the men, they began brandishing spears.

The SoftPower spin however goes on to quote fictitious sources to create the impression that, “Ugandan citizens along the border live in fear and cannot go to their gardens, because they may inadvertently cross into Rwanda and get shot”.

The record shows that this is a completely fabricated scenario.

First of all the shootings have been isolated and have happened deep into the night. Who goes out to their garden to dig at those hours? SoftPower offers no explanation.

Also, Ugandans cross into Rwanda daily, whether at Cyanika, Gatuna, Kagitumba, and all the other official border posts. And they cross back home as they please.

These are the orderly people; the citizens that are committing no crimes, or anything illegal.

But SoftPower is not interested in facts. For propaganda purposes, it is only misinforming people who live far away from the border communities. Another lie the website is peddling is that “several Ugandans have been arrested and are being kept in custody in Rwanda”.

Rwandan authorities that we interviewed scoffed at this particular lie, making it clear that anyone who is arrested is duly processed. “I challenge them to name any Ugandan that has been arrested and is being kept in custody,” he said.

Observers will notice that SoftPower again is engaging in projection. The offences it accuses Rwanda exactly are what Ugandan security agencies have been doing to Rwandan nationals.

By now everyone in this region knows about how agencies like Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence – one of those that funds the virulent anti-Rwanda smears – has been abducting and torturing Rwandans. CMI, and others like Internal Security Organization have been illegally jailing Rwandans, whom they arrest with no due process.

With zero proof they accuse the Rwandan nationals of “espionage”, “illegal gun possession”, and other concocted charges.

Up to now, hundreds of Rwandans remain incarcerated in dungeons operated by CMI. Others remain in Ugandan prisons, charged with nothing, yet doing quasi-slave labor.

On their part, Rwandan authorities assert that they will not relax against smuggling, especially against dangerous drugs, more so in the night.

The authorities’ advice to members of communities on both sides of the border is to always use official, gazetted border crossings.

On “kidnaps”, Kampala papers spin a yarn on Rwanda that’s never been tenable

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By Alain Mucyo

Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti, the Chairman of the General Court Martial.

Ugandan media has since the beginning of the week been awash with stories about the release on bail by the country’s court martial of four senior police officers who have been on remand for over two years.

The officers in question include former commander of the Uganda Police Flying Squad Herbert Muhangi and SCP Joel Aguma, a former commander of the Professional Standard Unit in the Uganda Police Force. They were released alongside two other officers with whom they had been on remand.

They were all given bail this Monday by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti who also doubles as the Chairman of the General Court Martial. According to Gutti, the accused were given bail because, “the offences (they are being charged with) were bailable, and they have fixed places of abode.” Most intriguing is the fact that Muhangi in particular, was in February last year given bail by the same judge at the same court, but was still kept on remand for close to a year.

The quartet, together with many others, including a former Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura, and other former top Uganda Police brass had been accused of arresting and extraditing some two Rwandan terror suspects.

Kayihura was granted bail by the same court, by the same Gutti in August 2018.

The two Rwandans in question included convicted terrorist Joel Mutabazi. These individuals never were abducted, as sections of Uganda’s media like to allege.

They were extradited under an existing bilateral framework between the police forces of the two countries.

A Ugandan legal practitioner who was interviewed for this article further wondered, rhetorically: “Why not charge and try them during all that time they have been on remand, if you have a prima facie case against them?” This is clearest indication; the way these Muhangis and Agumas have been treated that they were mere scapegoats.

According to informed sources there was a power struggle behind the scenes in Kampala. A clique of powerful officials closely affiliated to the Ugandan ruler – among them Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde the former Ugandan minister of national security – wanted the former Uganda Police IGP Kale Kayihura out of office. Asap!

To the members of a powerful cabal closely aligned to the President in the security organs, Kayihura was as an “undesirable” and an “inconvenience”, as they positioned themselves for influence. So framing Kayihura and his entire team was never far behind. With the arrest of Mutabazi, Tumukunde and a few other higher-ups, the power players saw a perfect opportunity to frame Kayihura.

By then it was public knowledge that Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC had deep tentacles running within Ugandan security organs – most notably CMI.

When Mutabazi, an RNC terrorist was handed to Rwanda – which was in a fugitive exchange program that saw Kigali too hand over people like Shanita Namuyimba (“Bad Black”) and others wanted for offenses back in Uganda – Uganda Police only was doing its duty.

But Tumukunde – who is one of those at the forefront in the project to destabilize Rwanda – and (Brig Abel) Kandiho the CMI chief instead saw a golden opportunity against Kayihura, and struck.

“Kayihura is working with Rwanda!” they claimed. To be accused in Uganda of working with Rwanda, regardless how little Kigali may know of any such a matter, is the next thing to a death sentence by CMI. Yet the accusers never showed proof of their claims.

In fact Uganda Military court records show Kayihura’s persecutors so lacked proof to back their accusations that they doctored an audio, supposedly of the former IGP ordering crimes. The audio was immediately deemed fake by forensics experts at Makerere.

The true facts are that even when Uganda Police handed Mutabazi over to its Rwanda counterparts, it wasn’t even they (Uganda Police) that had arrested him. Reliable sources have since disclosed that the extradition was specifically sanctioned by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Museveni’s son, whose influence in the military is only second to his father’s.

But the Kampala media, which long ago abdicated the duty of truth telling will only peddle falsehoods about Rwanda.

“After (the handover) that’s when the Ugandan security establishment realized Mutabazi had been delivered together with a computer on which there was incriminating evidence; lot’s of it linking the likes of CMI and others to RNC. That’s when those after Kayihura saw a perfect chance to nail him. And to purge his entire team – the likes of Muhangi, Aguma, Col. Ndahura Atwooki, SSP Nixon Agasirwe, and many others – and lock them up.

CMI-linked media was working around the clock to link all these people to Rwanda, though the dynamics behind their downfall were completely different.

Meantime even as the cops in Kampala were being framed by the shadowy cabal, in Rwanda Mutabazi – whom ironically they never stop propagandizing that he was “kidnapped” – enjoyed due process. His trial was carried out in the open. It took as long as he could defend himself, with his lawyers. And he got his due sentence.

Instead of false equivalences, Kadaga should be taking Uganda to task to implement the Luanda MoU

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By Patience Kirabo

Uganda Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.

In an article on Tuesday titled “Travelling to Rwanda: MPs task government to issue advisory”, Daily Monitor which has become more and more like a propagandist organ reported a Ugandan Parliament session on current strained relations between Kampala and Kigali.

In the session Parliament is claimed to have tasked the government to issue a travel advisory to Ugandans who wish to travel to Rwanda, citing recent reports of “mistreatment” and “killing of Ugandan nationals” in the neighboring country.

Read: Ugandan smuggler shot while smuggling drugs into Rwanda

One immediately was struck by how those members of Parliament that tabled the motion either are misinformed, or are just cynically being manipulated.

Rwanda has not mounted any campaign of harassment against Ugandan nationals. No Ugandan is persecuted, hunted down on false pretexts of “illegal entry”, “espionage” and others. No Ugandan arrested in Rwanda is denied due process; locked up illegally and incommunicado, or physically abused. All these are things that were happening to Rwandan nationals crossing to Uganda to do business, or other ordinary things.

Read: Kampala misinformation website Softpower will deceive none with its projection, observers

When the torture; the persecution and mistreatment of Rwandans had been going on for over two years; and despite repeated protests by Kigali – through diplomatic notes verbale and other channels – but instead the Ugandan security agencies responsible just escalated the persecution of innocent Rwandan nationals, that’s when Rwanda issued its travel advisory against her citizens crossing to Uganda.

“(Uganda Speaker of Parliament) Rebecca Kadaga rather than promoting lawlessness should know better,” said a lawyer. The comment was prompted by the fact that Kadaga seems to be equating the shooting of some smugglers from Uganda that turned violent and attacked Rwanda security patrols at different times.

“If a Ugandan is crossing through official, gazetted crossings, he has nothing to fear; and no one else who isn’t breaking the law has anything to fear,” Rwandan authorities have been stressing.

Read: Uganda-based actors, others beyond, assault the release of long-suffering Rwandans

Ugandans everyday use all the official crossings and enter Rwanda and are received well. Even those that are caught breaking the law (unlike the extremely few violent smugglers that attack law enforcers) too enjoy their rights in Rwanda. Their court cases are expedited within 48 hours. If the Uganda High Commission in Rwanda wants to visit any, they are facilitated to do so.”

Kadaga should acquaint herself with the facts, and be responsible with the truth as a high-ranking dignitary in her country, observers say.

“If for some reason she feels Ugandans (who are perfectly safe unless their Rwandans counterparts) should not go to Rwanda any longer, she should just tell the truth and not resort to smears by innuendo.”

The parliamentarian should also be aware of the presence of groups hostile to Rwanda that plot violent conflict against the country, and that also work hand in hand with Ugandan security organs to harass innocent Rwandans travelling to, or already in Uganda.

Some Ugandan MPs in fact have showed concern why Uganda still harbors negative elements bent on destabilizing the neighboring country. Some tabled a motion to summon Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to appear before Parliament and issue a statement on the current standoff between the two countries.

Read: With a guilty conscience plaguing Ugandan establishment, their propaganda lays a funny egg

Rather, Kadaga should have told the parliament on the proceedings of the motion rather than searching for equivalency of travel advisory that has no basis.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga says that there is concern that Ugandan nationals who wish to travel to Rwanda are finding it hard because of the sour relationship between the two countries. These words are belied by the facts on the ground, as even shown by the busloads of Ugandans that safely travel to Rwanda, and leave daily.

The speaker and others instead should be taking their government more to task why it is not implementing the Luanda MoU, which amongst other things stipulates nationals of one country detained in another without due process should all be released. So far Uganda has released (or dumped in the case of many), just a few dozen illegally detained Rwandans.

Read: RNC activities persist in Uganda despite Luanda MoU

Yet there are hundreds remaining in the country’s prisons and torture dungeons.

Luanda MoU also stipulates the dismantling of groups hostile to another country. Kampala is yet to dismantle RNC.

As for Rwanda, she can never relax her vigilance against smuggling; especially the trafficking of drugs and other illegal substances – more so doing this kind of thing at night.

Kampala misinformation website Softpower will deceive none with its projection, observers

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By Alex Muhumuza

In the usual bid to ramp up anti-Rwanda hate, SoftPower – a website run by Sarah Kagingo, one of the prominent Kampala regime propaganda and misinformation specialists – has published yet another series of falsehoods and outright distortions.

In a piece published yesterday, Tuesday 21 under the screaming headline, “RWANDA BLOCKS 133 UGANDAN CATTLE IN TRANSIT TO BURUNDI”, SoftPower seems to operate on the premise that anything Ugandans choose to do in Rwanda; even when against the law, Rwandan authorities should just keep quiet. And do nothing.

The website claims that, “authorities in Rwanda have blocked cattle destined to Bujumbura from transiting through Rwandan territory.” It states that, “the incident happened on Sunday when Uganda Revenue Authority’s Customs and Excise Department cleared the exportation of the 133 cows to Burundi in transit through Kagitumba Border point, only for Rwandan authorities to deny them transit.”

Read: Chimpreports sniffs around Rwanda for “missing politician”, ignores its history of inaccuracies

The website then goes on to slander Rwandan authorities – claiming from obviously fictitious “sources” that Rwanda first cleared documents for the cows to transit to Burundi and allowed them through, “before shifting positions as though the officers were getting fresh orders from other top officials in Rwanda.”

There are many dubious things about this article and the first is that it doesn’t mention this Ugandan who was exporting cows to Burundi. Why does SoftPower want to conceal his identity, unless he was involved in something fishy?

Our own investigation has revealed that the Ugandan in question is one Kangwa Godwin, a resident of Kikyenkye Sub-county in the country’s Ibanda District. A copy of an Inter-state animal transfer document, signed in Ibanda shows that Kangwa’s 113 cows were vaccinated against Lumpy skin disease, and “screened against Brucellosis”.

But it turns out that the exporter did not fulfill all the requirements to permit transit of such a big number of animals through the territory of another state.

When the animals arrived in Rwanda the authorities wrote to their transporter, this Monday informing him, “there was no indication that the animals were from areas free from transboundary diseases such as Foot and Mouth or Rift Valley Fever, or if the cattle were vaccinated against these specific diseases.”

Read: With a guilty conscience plaguing Ugandan establishment, their propaganda lays a funny egg

This, says the letter from Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board, is mandatory according to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) regulations and standards regarding animal movement.

The fact SoftPower is mentioning nothing of this makes one wonder: what interest do they have in seeing that cows not vaccinated as required by international laws just enter Rwanda?

Another thing the propagandist website fails to mention is that Rwandan authorities escorted the cows to Nemba Border at Burundi border, which was an act of good neighborliness as these cows were not fully vaccinated. Authorities in Rwanda were left wondering: why does Uganda not adhere to international standards?

It seems like SoftPower is rushing to create issues where none should be, one reader thought.

Read: In slander against released Rwandans, Monitor continues to expose its true colors

Further analysis of the article shows Kampala propaganda organs are as ever employing the tactic of projection. This is a favored misinformation method whereby the perpetrator of an offence brazenly accuses his or her victim of that very offence. There are many examples of this, in this one SoftPower article alone.

The projection begins with the website making the following observation: “EAC partner states including Rwanda signed the Common Market Protocol in November 2009, and it came into force on 1 July 2010. Its main objective is to progressively transform into a single market that allows for free movement of goods, persons, services, labor and capital while guaranteeing right to residence and establishment as well as ensuring the smooth operation of the EAC Common Market.”

SoftPower then goes on to accuse Kigali of undermining the EAC treaty “by this development” (denying the cows passage through Rwanda), and that “it violates the principle of free trade and movement of goods across countries.”

Kagingo and her organ are accusing Rwanda of infractions Ugandan authorities in fact have committed against Rwandan businesses, and not very long ago.

In August 2018 the Ugandans seized two trucks carrying a combined 40 tonnes of coltan and tin belonging to a Rwandan company, Mineral Supply Africa. The company executives were shocked and couldn’t understand this act as all their paperwork was in order.

Yet the Ugandans held the minerals for three months on the pretext the documents weren’t in order. Then after three months they released the minerals, finally admitting that the documents were legitimate. They did not say what made them think they were out of order in the first place. Mineral Supply Africa incurred serious losses but never was compensated.

In the same year, Ugandan authorities stopped and held consignments of Rwandan milk in trucks that were enroute to Kenya. By the time the time the milk was released, it had gone bad. And with that a patiently negotiated export market for Rwandan milk prematurely ended.

In both incidents it looked like someone in Kampala was engaged in acts of deliberate economic sabotage against Rwanda.

One wonders where Sarah Kagingo and SoftPower were that time, as they said completely nothing about “EAC Protocols” when Rwandan commerce was being sabotaged in Uganda. Or do they only speak up when it is convenient to level accusations against Rwanda (though in fact Rwanda has legitimate reasons for what it did, and has no intentions of sabotage)?

In a show of ultimate shamelessness, SoftPower further projects upon Rwanda the crimes their own security organs have been perpetrating against innocent Rwandans. This false equivalency seeks to equate the plight of hundreds of Rwandans illegally arrested, tortured, and others killed by Ugandan security agencies, with the few Ugandan smugglers that have lost their lives after attacking Rwandan patrols – at night in illegal crossings despite repeated warnings.

“SoftPower and its owners will have to try harder to convince anyone, for they have completely lost credibility,” said Rwanda social media personality Mwene Kalinda.

Ugandan smuggler shot while smuggling drugs into Rwanda

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By The New Times

Media reports in Kampala on Monday January 20, reported about a Ugandan who had been shot in Rwanda.The incident happened in the night of Saturday at 11 pm, three kilometers inside Rwanda.

The story that was first published by Daily Monitor, and later reproduced by a number of other websites, claimed that the Ugandan, Theogene Ndagijimana, said to be a resident of Kisoro District, was shot and killed.

The paper said Ndagijimana was shot together with two Rwandan cousins “who had crossed into Uganda to visit their relatives in Kabingo Village (Kisoro) through the ungazetted border entry there.”

The article then added that Ndagijimana was “only escorting the cousins” (through the same illegal crossing point) when Rwandan security officers shot them.

But closer investigation shows the Ugandan media were not presenting all the facts, and in the process omitting important information.

Contrary to reports in Ugandan media, one of the so-called cousins, identified as Munyembabazi, was in fact not just “visiting Uganda” and therefore not someone Ndagijimana was “escorting back to Rwanda.”

In fact, Munyembabazi, 21, has been living in Uganda in the Kisoro area for the past five years.

He also is a well-known smuggler and user of illegal crossings, according to area residents who identified him.

The second “cousin”, Munezero, 20, has been a resident of Kagogo Sector, Kabaya Cell, Murambi in Rwanda. When he went to Uganda, it was not for “a visit”.

He was on a smuggling mission, together with Ndagijimana and Munyembabazi. They were smuggling drugs into Rwanda when they were intercepted.

“Those smugglers were known as having a long-running career in this criminal activity,” said a border security official that talked on condition of anonymity. They also were known to be violent men that, when stopped refused.

They were armed with spears and threatening to use them when police shot. “It is a characteristic of drug smugglers to always turn aggressive when confronted,” border security officers disclosed.

Another smuggler they were with, a Ugandan known as Gatsiri – resident of Kisoro in a place called Gahenerezo Center – escaped.

According to information, Gatsiri is the one that first told about the dead Ugandan.

However, there was a big problem when Ugandan authorities came to collect the body.

An official known as Munanura who represents Uganda’s Internal Security Organ in Kisoro, and who came for Ndagijimana’s body was asked by Rwandan authorities to present the dead man’s identification or his family members.

The deceased smuggler had no document on him when he died. Munanura, the ISO man, had no identification of the dead man.

But when the ISO man and his people left, they did not come back. Neither did Ndagijimana’s family appear to collect the body.

Rwanda authorities have again decried the habit of smuggling; and of using illegal routes, commonly known as “panyas”.

“Why not use the official crossing points? Rwanda has not stopped anyone entering the country – why resort to illegal paths? It only means criminal intentions! It is strictly advised that people from both sides of the border always endeavor to use official crossings in whatever they do,” officials stress.

Rwanda National Police has again warned members of the public to desist from smuggling; especially drug smuggling through illegal crossing points – more so at night.

Source: The New Times

Link: Ugandan smuggler shot while smuggling drugs into Rwanda

RNC activities persist in Uganda despite Luanda MoU

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Prossy Bonabaana (center), Sulah Nuwamanya (left) and Gideon Rukundo Rugari are holding clandestine meetings to advance RNC interests in Uganda, contrary to provisions of the Luanda MoU.

On December 31 last year President Museveni delivered a New Year Message to Ugandans reassuring them that he would “take decisive action to end the tension” between Uganda and Rwanda which has been escalating since 2017 when Uganda began to arrest Rwandans in that country as part of it’s support for Kayumba Nyamwasa’s Rwanda National Congress (RNC). In fact, some confidence building measures were taken including freeing some innocent people who had been rotting in illegal detention in Uganda. However, as one step is taken in the right direction, two are taken back to the direction of escalating further tension.

Reliable sources have confirmed to this website that on Jan 17, 2020 an RNC team comprised of Bonabana prossy, Sula Nuwamanya and Gideon Rukundo Rugari held a meeting at Katanabirwa in Kyekwanzi district as their work to mobilise supporters of the RNC continue without any hint that it will stop anytime soon. Gideon Rugari is a member of the “Uganda Province” of the RNC while Bonabana and Nuwamanya have, with the help of Uganda’s security organs, created a fictitious NGO called the Self Worth Initiative under which activities of the RNC would be carried put clandestinely.

On this particular date, the mobilization meeting was attended by about 60 RNC members drawn from Kiboga and Kyankwanzi districts in Uganda. These RNC officials, according to sources, distributed new membership cards for membership cards as part of their recruitment drive. Significantly, the new members were urged to “never mention the name RNC again,” sources say.

Read: Leah Karegeya, the latest to jump the RNC sinking boat

As part of the concealment, members were also told that the Self Worth Initiative NGO would distribute seedlings and other farming tools to their members to facilitate them to boost agricultural production, especially maize and beans that can also be supplied to the RNC’s fighters in the DRC as the terror organization seeks to reorganize its forces following the decimation that it faced in the DRC jungles at the hands of the Congolese army, FARDC, last year in which hundreds were obliterated and others captured and repatriated to Rwanda where they are facing different charges related to carrying out terror and membership to an armed group.

Since then, the RNC has been splitting and its top leadership has been in disarray following the disappearance of Benjamin Rutabana in Uganda, believed to be under the orders of Kayumba Nyamasa and instigated by his brother in law Frank Ntwali, also a senior member of the RNC who often represents it in meetings in Uganda where he frequents.

The RNC meeting that was concealed as a Self Worth Initiative activity is part of the effort to galvanize a failing organization that the authorities in Uganda seem determined to resuscitate.

The meeting encouraged its members to always use the the cover of the self worth initiative as a means of “concealing evidence that might be used by Rwanda against Uganda,” a source that is reliably informed on details of yet another RNC meeting that is taking place in Uganda despite obligations of the Luanda agreement that require Uganda to stop supporting forces that seek to destabilize it’s neighbor.

With a guilty conscience plaguing Ugandan establishment, their propaganda lays a funny egg

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By Alex Muhumuza

SpyReports, a Kampala-based website that’s one of the many tools of anti-Rwanda propaganda has, this Friday 17 January posted a story claiming that “Rwanda is preparing an ICC case against Uganda’s security personnel.”

SpyReports – which according to reliable sources is owned by one Wamala Raymond but is sponsored by Deborah Rwabwogo, the person in charge of “special duties” in Entebbe State House – says Kigali is doing so because of the human rights violations against the recently released nine Rwandans.

But the website – whose sponsor, Deborah Rwabwogo is the former wife of Col. CK Asiimwe the counterterrorism officer in Ugandan Military Intelligence (CMI) – then goes on to say that it wonders “how this case will stand when ‘Uganda has full records on these (nine) individuals.’” Col. Asiimwe is one of the senior Kampala intelligence officers that are directing a virulent, anti-Rwanda misinformation campaign.

Observers can already read panic in the SpyReports article, which shows no sources for its information.

Read: Chimpreports sniffs around Rwanda for “missing politician”, ignores its history of inaccuracies

The panic can be seen in the fact that the website – which on the basis of no evidence also tries to drag Rwanda into the affairs of Uganda’s People Power movement – is making its claims though Kigali has said nothing about any lawsuits at ICC.

So far Rwanda is only giving medical care to its nine citizens after their hellish experience in Uganda.

These people were arbitrarily arrested at different times by agents of CMI; and CMI affiliated security operatives like Mukama Moses Kandiho. The latter, a Mbarara-based GISO (Government Internal Security Officer) also is a brother to Brig. Abel Kandiho the CMI Chief.

The two men that Moses Kandiho arrested with no charge or due procedure, Emmanuel Rwamucyo and Augustin Rutayisire, have told how Kandiho set them up on fraudulent charges. According to Rwamucyo, one time in May 2018 Moses Kandiho kept badgering him with phone calls, asking him to meet him in town (Mbarara).

When Rwamucyo went to meet Kandiho, he drove with his friend and fellow businessman Rutayisire. Rwamucyo also had a large sum of money (US$ 40,000) in his car. As the two Rwandans were having a cup of coffee, Moses Kandiho arrived and unceremoniously informed them they were under arrest! According to the two men, Kandiho’s people drove them to Makenke Barracks in Mbarara.

Read: In slander against released Rwandans, Monitor continues to expose its true colors

While there, they were accused of “being Rwandan spies”. Later the accusation changed to “illegal weapons possession”. As they were sitting in custody in Makenke, Rwamucyo says, he heard his car drive into the place. He knows its sound, and the moment he realized someone was driving it he says he just knew he had been robbed of his money.

All the Rwandans tell how they suffered while in detention and how they were robbed of property, and especially of money.

Now after several months, some years, of horrendous physical abuse they also know they have been robbed of their health. They have scars all over their bodies. Some are like Nelson Mugabo who walks as if he is crippled. All of them are suffering trauma. They tell of torture that included: water-boarding; beatings with wire cables; being subjected to electric shock; emersion in ice baths for long periods and other inhuman treatment.

The case of businessman Rene Rutagungira in particular gained notoriety for the way he was abducted. Three CMI agents just walked into the bar in Namirembe Bakuli where Rutagungira was relaxing with friends. Brandishing guns they proceeded to drag him away, with not so much as an explanation of who they were.

While in CMI custody in Mbuya, one of Rutagungira’s torturers was former Ugandan internal security minister Henry Tumukunde. The dignitary, according to Rutagungira’s lawyer Eron Kiiza, kicked and punched the bound Rwandan and spat on him.

“Tumukunde’s acts were all in a bid to make Rene confess to things he knew nothing about,” disclosed the lawyer.

In not a single case did Ugandan military prosecutors prove their accusations, or mount a credible case against the Rwandans. The lawyers Kiiza, Gawaya Tegulle, Anthony Odur and others never tired to publicly state this fact.

In not a single case were the illegally imprisoned Rwandans given a right to have their cases publicly heard, in court.

The rights of others were further abused when they were “tried” in military tribunals. Uganda’s own Constitutional Court long ago ruled that military courts have no competence to try civilians.

It has become apparent that the panicked article of SpyReports – when it mentions Rwanda and ICC in the same breath, and claims Kigali wants to take action against Ugandan security personnel for human rights violation – is the strongest indication of a guilty conscience.

Uganda State House’s mouthpiece further inadvertently reveals this guilty mindset when it says (Rwanda)’s objective is “to have the International Community slap sanctions on Uganda and high-ranking government officials, including President Museveni.”

Read: Uganda-based actors, others beyond, assault the release of long-suffering Rwandans

Only those plagued with fear of what their wrongdoing will result into can publish things like this: “as if they are pre-empting whatever charges might be mounted against them!” Kigali analysts are saying.

Kampala knows there is no way it can explain why in the first place it arrested the nine Rwandans, and hundreds of others besides. It knows it can never explain why they tortured these people, or why they did when torture is against international conventions. Neither would the Ugandan security establishment explain the robbery of the money and other property of those they abduct.

Even most difficult to explain for the Museveni regime would be why, if they had any proof of their accusations against the Rwandan nationals, they held them for lengthy periods with no trial.

These kinds of questions will have quite a few individuals in the Ugandan capital sweating bullets.

Chimpreports sniffs around Rwanda for “missing politician”, ignores its history of inaccuracies

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By Alex Muhumuza

Continuing a trend that has now become quite familiar, Chimpreports, one of the websites affiliated with Ugandan Military Intelligence, this Thursday published yet another of its fact-free anti-Rwanda hit pieces.

It was the kind of smear that antagonists of Rwanda just love, that “an opposition politician has disappeared in Rwanda.”

Chimpreports, whose obsession with Rwanda has turned it into a laughing stock – just like all the others “Softpower”, “Spyreports” and an assortment of blogs and social media accounts that specialize in anti-Rwanda misinformation now are a laughing stock – claims the “politician”, one Augustin Niyitegeka “disappeared” on the Second this month.

It says he “went missing” when he was coming back from Bujumbura, adding that Niyitegeka last year formed “the national democratic party.”

If one asked the average Rwandan who Niyitegeka is, chances are they would draw a blank. This writer has no idea who Niyitegeka is. No Rwandan seems to know anything called the national democratic party.

Read: Uganda-based actors, others beyond, assault the release of long-suffering Rwandans

A knowledgeable Twitter commentator like Joel Ruhinankiko said: Niyitegeka “has not been known in any known political circles in Rwanda, unless he is a creation of Giles Muhame” (the Chimpreports chief editor).

Normally a politician is someone known at least by a section of the public; someone that’s been written, or talked about in the national media at least a number of times.

The fact that no one knew who Niyitegeka was – until Chimpreports and others with agendas like theirs turned him into someone – confirms one thing: specialists of anti-Rwanda misinformation can just create an individual out of thin air and proclaim him “an opposition figure”. That then sets the stage for the accusation that another Rwandan has disappeared!

Websites like Chimpreports – which never concern themselves about issues like the disappearance, on 3 June last year, of someone like People Power’s John Bosco Kibalama, whose family has expressed fear that Uganda regime agents abducted him – like to feign concern about “missing” Rwandans.

The same websites that keeps quiet when people like Bobi Wine and his colleagues are assaulted almost to death, and others killed, never miss the chance to write any fact-less thing about Rwanda. But by now any objective observer knows that any person that commits an infraction against the law in Rwanda will be prosecuted according to the country’s laws.

Anyone that breaks the law will have their day in court. From Ingabire Victoire who publicly expressed “double-genocide” views – a gambit often used by those that seek to either trivialize or deny the 94 Genocide – which is a grave offense; to Deo Mushayidi who planned a terrorist insurrection; to Callixte Nsabimana “Sankara” the “commander” of FLN terrorists that killed civilians, looted shops, and burnt vehicles in Nyungwe; to senior FDLR officials LaForge Fils Bazeye and Theophile Abega, and so on, none of these people was treated in any extra-judicial way.

So why would Nsabimana be the exception?

Chimpreports is quiet on that point. It states no objective reason for its claims. Its main goal is to tarnish Rwanda, that’s all.

Read: Museveni’s “decisive actions” must target the RNC’s operations in Uganda

People in Kigali for instance can’t forget the article the website published in April last year that “Rwandan soldiers had crossed into Kisoro looking for food and drinks”. Kigali social media accounts immediately challenged Muhame to produce some evidence – whether audio, video, or even one still photo.

Muhame said he would. He did not. Months came and went, and the gentleman did not show any sort of proof to back his website’s incendiary claims. He became a figure of ridicule on Twitter. But that did not deter him even once from peddling his constant stream of anti-Rwanda fake news.

Observers point out that Chimpreports’ latest claims that Rwanda has made an “opposition politician disappear” are the same as when they insinuated, on different occasions that Kigali was behind the “disappearance” of individuals like Cassien Ntamuhanga, Constantin Tuyishimire, or John Ndabarasa.

It turned out that Ntamuhanga, who was serving a prison sentence for terrorist activities, had escaped from prison. His first stop was Uganda, before he made his way to Europe. But Chimpreports did not retract its earlier false insinuations that “Kigali was behind Ntamuhanga’s disappearance”.

It was the same with Constantin Tuyishimire, a former correspondent of TV1 in Gicumbi. When Tuyishimire went missing in July last year, Chimpreports was in the forefront with alarmist reports, all pointing the finger at Kigali as being “behind the incident”. But a few days later news began to filter in that the journalist had slipped into Uganda.

Read: In slander against released Rwandans, Monitor continues to expose its true colors

If Chimpreports and others eager to disseminate their alarmist “news” cared to investigate, they would know that the journalist went missing because he owed a lot of people money. It was said those he owed money were constantly demanding he pay them.

So the man fled. Once in Uganda, reports say, he found a fertile environment to join anti-Rwanda groups in neighboring Congo.

However things did not go well for Tuyishimire in the current environment whereby rebel groups are being routed in DRC. Reports are that he, and some others fled to Burundi. Then they fell into the hands of Imbonerakure militias who somehow thought these were “Rwandan agents”.

The Imbonerakure absolutely hammered Tuyishimire; to the extent he lost one eye. Video and photos surfaced in November showing the badly injured Rwandan.

Chimpreports, and its fellow Kampala websites did not bother to rectify earlier false articles that Rwanda had abducted him. The same was the case with John Ndabarasa who “disappeared” from Kigali in 2016, for six months, only to surface in Uganda.

One can be certain that nothing will change whenever Niyitegeka re-appears somewhere.

Leah Karegeya, the latest to jump the RNC sinking boat

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By Alain Mucyo

Terrorist Kayumba Nyamwasa, RNC leader (left) and Leah Karegeya.

Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC is currently a sinking boat following a spate of resignations of its top most leaders, including almost all its founding members. The latest is the resignation of Leah Karegeya, the widow of former founding member of the terror outfit, Patrick Karegeya.

Leah Karegeya has been the head of the “committee of wise persons” in the group. But she threw in the towel through a letter to the RNC “General Coordinator” Jerome Nayigiziki dated 30 December 2019. According to insiders, Nayigiziki, is actually a mere stooge, but the person who wields unchecked powers is Kayumba Nyamwasa who lives the life of a fugitive in South Africa.

In her resignation letter, Leah states that she is quitting because the committee she was heading is not respected, and the recommendations they make are always overlooked. “I find no reason to remain a leader when as a mandated committee we make recommendations to the executive team and they are always ignored,” she wrote.

Among the many recommendations she said her team made was one concerning the former spokesperson of the outfit Jean Paul Turayishimiye who was summarily fired for daring raise questions about the disappearance of one of the RNC “commissioners” Benjamin Rutabana. Leah says her team recommended that Turayishimiye be summoned and asked to table concerns he had about the disappearance of Rutabana.

But Nyamwasa decided to fire him instead, without consulting any other member.

The terrorist group that perpetrated a series of grenade attacks in Rwanda in the preceding decade is finding itself more and more in dire waters.

Meanwhile inside sources also indicate that it is a matter of days before the RNC treasurer, Jean Marie Micombero, also throws in the towel. It is said he is amongst those that are deeply disenchanted. “The trigger for the latest exodus is the ‘disappearance’ of Benjamin Rutabana, who last communicated with his family while in Uganda in early September,” says a source.

Rutabana was the commissioner for capacity development and had been in Uganda on an “official mission”. Rutabana’s wife wrote a letter to the RNC leadership basically asking it to produce her husband, or at least say where he was. Nyamwasa gave no answer.

It is said now that the entire family of Rutabana is also up in arms against Nyamwasa and his “internal gang” of the likes of Frank Ntwari his brother in law.

Even today Rutabana’s whereabouts remain unknown despite Nyamwasa initially assuring the worried family that their relative was “safe”. The resignations of Jean Paul and now Leah, and many more to come are linked to Kayumba’s role not only in the disappearance of Rutabana, but also in the mismanagement of RNC funds, according to many in the know.

Nyamwasa and his wife are ‘good embezzlers’ that have invested RNC funds into their family businesses that include supermarkets in SA and trucking businesses in Mozambique, sources have disclosed.

Nyamwasa has being accused of personalizing RNC, which fellow founding members have openly accused him of siphoning its funds, lack of strategic leadership skills, tribalism and nepotism among many others. He works with close family members, including his brother-in law Frank Ntwari, “whom he has single handedly anointed the powerful position of commissioner for youth”, sources added.

Ntwari was particularly singled out by Diane as the person that had been issuing threats the most against her husband. She said on many occasions she had expressed her worries, especially – according to an interview she gave VOA – when one time Ntwari threatened Rutabana that “if he stepped into Uganda again he would be arrested!”

More RNC fellows are turning their back on the group’s ‘autocratic leadership’.

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