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Daily Monitor Thinks Luanda MoU Is About The Border

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By KT Press

A rather lengthy article was published in Uganda’s Daily Monitor on Wednesday November 13 under the headline ‘Will Uganda-Rwanda meeting diffuse border crisis?”

The article was written in anticipation of the second ad-hoc meeting on the implementation of the Luanda MoU signed, in August 2019, between the presidents of Rwanda and Uganda, slated to take place next Monday November 2019. The MoU sought to bring an end to the crisis that is currently engulfing both countries in terms of bilateral relations.

The first ad-hoc committee meeting was held in Kigali on September 16th during which both sides agreed to meet a set of demands as stipulated in the MoU.

The Daily Monitor’s publication ignores Rwanda’s key concerns as stipulated in the MoU: Uganda must cease harassing Rwandans and supporting dissidents who aim to destabilize Rwanda.

In March 2019, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs for Rwanda tweeted, “We cannot let people go where we cannot guarantee their safety.”

President Kagame has time and again noted that one cannot do business when lives of people are in danger once on the other side of the border. Indeed, the president repeated the same during a press conference last week.

“The demand from the other side (Uganda) is you must open the border. And we say yeah, we will open the borders. But how about the origin of the problem?” President Kagame said.

“The other ones who use it (the border), you arrest them (arbitrarily),” President Kagame underscored, adding that if someone has committed a crime, there are generally acceptable means of dealing with them, referring to Uganda’s excuse for holding people against whom it has no evidence.

“If you have people who commit crimes, do you pile them and fail to produce them in a court of law?,” the president wondered.

The President maintains that one cannot open borders that will be only one way, something that Daily Monitor, in its haste to promote pro-government propaganda regarding the crisis, seems to have ignored; in so doing, it missed a golden opportunity to challenge president Museveni on his expectation that once the border is open it will be used by only Ugandans.

Museveni’s answer would have given the answer to Monitor’s question whether the coming meeting will defuse the crisis between the two countries.

Encouraging criminality not a solution

The article by Daily Monitor goes on to make an absurd case in favor of smuggling, which is an illegal activity in both countries; it shifts blame for Uganda’s failure to enforce anti-smuggling laws to Rwanda by charging it with high handedness. Rather than encouraging lawlessness, the Monitor should understand that the only way to stop people from risking their lives engaging in illegal activities is through strict enforcement.

“Thank you Madam Muhindo. Smuggling is indeed a cancer to cross-border trade. Violent smugglers, who resist arrest and attack police officers, are just criminals and will be handled as such,” Rwanda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs tweeted in response to Uganda’s Resident District Commissioner, Pulkeria Muhindo’s commitment that her country will do better to enforce laws.

On Tuesday April 12, 2019, she had told the press, “We shall continue to tell our people to stop illegal trade, because even Uganda does not need illegal traders.”

If the Daily Monitor believes that the Angola MoU is about the border, then perhaps it should excuse itself from further commentary on the matter before it embarrasses itself and undermines whatever reputation it has left as a credible newspaper.

Source: By KT Press

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Africa Intelligence distortions betray CMI and RNC links

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By The New Times

On November 1, 2019, Africa Intelligence, a French online website ran a story titled “Belligerence of Kampala and Kigali backfires”. The story deliberately distorted facts and it is clearly visible it was written or edited by Uganda intelligence in collaboration with the Rwanda National Congress (RNC).

Moreover, it is not the first time Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and RNC propaganda is peddled on this platform.

Even as the government of France and Rwanda work to improve relations, there are some individuals in France who are against improved relations and are collaborating with CMI officials and RNC cadres to the extent that propaganda information aimed at smearing Rwanda’s leadership continues on their platforms. In March 2018, a leading CMI propaganda mouthpiece, ChimpReports, carried a story titled “Great Lakes Region on the Brink of War Amid Museveni Assassination Plot” in which it claimed French intelligence had tipped off Museveni against his planned trip to Bujumbura, apparently because they had discovered a Rwanda-orchestrated plot to shoot his plane down. Chimp Reports had allegedly obtained the information from another online website La Lettre de l’Ocean Indien.

The coordination between Uganda’s intelligence and La Lettre de l’Ocean Indien forgot to mention that the actual reason for the visit’s cancellation was that the COMESA Heads of State Summit that Museveni was supposed to attend had been cancelled due to Burundi’s inability to put in place the required logistics for such a high-level event, The East African reported.

The November 1, 2019 issue of Africa Intelligence is littered with similar accusations that reproduce almost word-for-word propaganda from CMI and RNC blogs intended to promote the joint Museveni-RNC interest to undermine Rwanda. At least, 14 CMI articles are summarised in the article. These include the claim that the recent reshuffle in Rwanda is because, “Kagame has also been conducting a purge of the RDF and replacing officers of Ugandan origin with those of Burundian origin.” Another CMI-run blog, “The Insider”, carried a headline screaming “Kagame Makes Mega Cabinet Reshuffle, Drops ‘Pro-Uganda’ Ministers.

Another is that Rwanda “is suspected of having helped to set up Red Tabara, a Burundian rebel group operating in the DR Congo, which carried out an attack in the Burundian province of Bubanza on October 22, killing several people,” which was also carried by CMI’s CommandPost (Rwanda’s Special Forces Fighting alongside Mai Mai Rebels against Banyamulenge. Or that “Rwanda have been in contact with the Ugandan opposition since September,” and that “When he travelled to New York in late September for the United Nations General Assembly, the leader of the People’s Government of Uganda, Kizza Besigye, discreetly shared with Western leaders a psychological profile of Museveni which has since shaped Washington’s stance towards the Ugandan president” a reference to the claims in Uganda’s New Vision that President Kagame had met with Besigye in New York, a meeting that Rwandan officials insist never happened (Kagame did not meet Besigye, even by accident).

The “accident” reference was an ironical reminder of Museveni’s claim in a letter to his Rwandan counterpart that he had met senior RNC officials in Uganda’s state house for several hours only “by accident”.

Africa Intelligence writes, “On October 25, the commander of the land forces of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), General Peter Elwelu, refused to sign an MoU on security in Goma that had been proposed by the chief of staff of the Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC), Célestin Mbala, with a view to conducting joint military operations with Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda – with the support of AFRICOM and MONUSCO – to eradicate rebel groups active in DR Congo.

According to sources close to the discussions, the UPDF’s refusal (on Museveni’s instructions) was motivated by the fact that this would have allowed the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) to “deploy beyond their currently authorised sphere of operations.”

Similarly, Sarah Kagingo who runs the CMI sponsored website, Soft Power News, wrote, “Rwanda Furious As Uganda Declines To Sign MoU On Joint Military Operations In DR Congo.”

The Intelligence also asserts that “the deployment of General Eric Murokore, a Kagame ally, to the border with Uganda has done little to defuse tensions between Kampala and Kigali,” a rehashed take from Chimp Reports, “Is Rwanda Planning Surprise Military Strikes in Uganda?:

Space doesn’t allow us to reproduce all the preposterous claims that prove a coordinated propaganda effort against Rwanda by Ugandan intelligence. Another rumour The Intelligence wants to spread which was allegedly obtained from Ugandan intelligence is that President Kagame now travels in two planes at once. Interestingly, their editors forgot to conceal their source this time around, informing their readers that it was “according to Ugandan intelligence!”

At least we now know what Sarah Kagingo and her team will soon be writing about.

Source: By The New Times

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Washington Times falls prey to Ingabire theatrics

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By The New Times

The captured fighters have admitted to be of the FDLR whose premises are in DR Congo bushes.

The Washington Times, a US newspaper on October 30, 2019 published a story “Another disappearance of political opponent raises fresh questions about Rwandan president”. To those that have read similar articles before, the story looked like it had been lifted from a template. The paper attempted to tell its readers that the man “disappeared” because he was a member of FDU-Inkingi party.

To justify its story, The Washington Times quotes Victoire Ingabire, head of FDU-Inkingi. By any imagination this lady lacks credibility given her past conviction in relation to her involvement in criminal activities.

Victoire Ingabire spent eight years in prison for breaking the nation’s laws. The court found her guilty of spreading rumours with an intention to incite the public to rise up against the State, endangering state security and minimising the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and sentenced her to 15 years in prison. However, the President exercised his prerogative of mercy and granted her together with over 2,000 inmates convicted for various crimes early release.

Back in the Netherlands where she was a resident before coming back to Rwanda, the Dutch authorities found documents confirming that Ingabire had been sending money to Vital Uwumuremyi, an FDLR major. She and her FDU-Inkingi were in partnership with the terrorist group that’s an offshoot of the ex-FAR and Interahamwe militias, the main perpetrators of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Even when she left prison in September last year, which was halfway through her sentence following a presidential clemency – for which she had been pleading– she went right back to plotting and coordinating her group’s terrorist activities.

If The Washington Times were interested in the truth they would discover that the UN itself implicated FDU-Inkingi as a member of the “P5” coalition – which includes Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, and FDLR – in plotting terror and armed conflict in Rwanda. The December 2018 UN Group of Experts Report on DRC (link), carries all the details of the P5’s terrorist activities.

Recently Ingabire has been seen frequenting public hearings in the Nyanza High Court of 11 members of her party that are accused of membership in an armed group with intention to overthrow the legitimate government. The 11 people were arrested when they were on their way to join rebel training camps in eastern DR Congo.

They were detained, and prosecuted with evidence in court. Ingabire has been attending their hearings as a highly interested party; and because her presence gives them “courage” that she’s with them. It may also serve to encourage them “not to divulge anything”.

All the facts show Victoire Ingabire has not changed one iota. Terror, armed conflict, violent regime change… those remain her goals and dreams.

This is the person that The Washington Times trots out to accuse the Rwandan leadership of crimes.

The paper says nothing of her terrorism; or what she’s been convicted of; or what the UN has said about her FDU-Inkingi “party”.

Her allegations that Eugene Ndereyimana has been made to “disappear” can’t stand a moment’s scrutiny. But Ingabire and others like her have on more than one occasion claimed, “so and so has disappeared”, only for that person to resurface somewhere some time later.

An objective journalist would ask: why would Rwanda risk its reputation as a country just to “disappear” someone?

Like Ingabire before him, if Ndereyimana were suspected of a crime he would face prosecution. If convicted he would serve jail time. Like Ingabire herself. Or like the 11 members of her party facing trial in the Nyanza High Court. Even the terror suspects that perpetrated grenade attacks that killed innocent civilians had their day in court. The judicial process ran its course.

Ingabire, or the Washington Times are yet to say why, according to them, Ndereyimana would be treated any differently, if indeed they think he had committed some offence.

Source: By The New Times

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Media Diplomacy: Rwanda Accuses Uganda Of Channelling Diplomatic Issues Through The Media

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By KT Press

Ugandan delegation during a recent meeting in Kigali.

Ahead of the second meeting of the AdHoc Commission to review the implementation of the Luanda Agreement, Rwanda has yet again accused Uganda of addressing diplomatic issues through the media, which goes against the spirit of the resolutions of the first meeting that took place in Kigali.

Last week during a press conference, President Paul Kagame alluded to Rwanda learning about the dates of the next meeting aimed at following up on the progress of the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding, which set out the terms the two countries have to follow in the reconciliation process

Following last weekend’s shooting of two Ugandans suspected of smuggling goods into Rwanda through illegal entry points, Uganda reportedly sent a protest note seeking explanations on the incident during which Job Ebindishanga and Bosco Tuhirirwe from Kamwezi Sub-County were fatally shot by Police.

Rwanda National Police (RNP) said the duo turned violent after they were intercepted smuggling goods into Rwanda in Tabagwe Sector, Nyagatare district, while others escaped back to Uganda.

Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda Maj Gen Frank Mugambage said on Wednesday that Uganda’s grievances were yet again channelled through the media, bypassing diplomatic channels through which issues are addressed.

“The circumstances have been explained, the engagements can be made, whatever engagements we want to talk about, whether it is investigations or whatever. It cannot be done in the media, whether it is in the media centre or The New Vision or the Monitor,” Mugambage told NBS TV.

“It has to be done by responsible people,” he added.

A statement signed by the Executive Director of the Uganda Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo has been making rounds on social media.

Opondo has in the recent past faced accusations of fanning the fire between the two countries through reckless statements made on social media and promoting propaganda articles attacking Rwanda.

The New Vision, owned by the government has also been accused of spewing articles that are hostile to Rwanda, including giving space to Rwanda National Congress (RNC) members to air their propaganda attacking the Rwandan government.

Article 5 of the Kigali resolutions stated that both countries would cease all forms of hostile propaganda in both mainstream and social media.

“The right channels to use in raising issues, any issues, are very clear. They are known. It is not about the media. It is about raising these issues through the known channels. Certainly, diplomatic channels, not the media…this is not how we should be working,” Mugambage said.

Mugambage said the protest note issued by Uganda does not mention the circumstances under which the shooting happened, which Rwanda explained, nor does it mention the communication from the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Kigali.

Mugambage said that the High Commission is working with the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organise the next meeting of the AdHoc Commission scheduled for next Monday, which he believes is the right platform to address issues.

“We are waiting for that meeting to happen. Since it is their turn to organise, we keep asking and we want that meeting to happen,” he said, adding that whatever issues that must be discussed will be raised in that meeting.

President Kagame last Friday said that addressing diplomatic issues through the media before they get to the concerned party has its own implications on the process.

Ahead of the Monday meeting, Uganda is yet to release hundreds of Rwandans jailed in the East African country as it had been agreed in the September meeting in Kigali.

President Kagame said that only a few have been released, less than 40 of more than 200, and more have since been arrested. None has been arraigned in courts of law.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of East African Community Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe said yesterday that for Uganda to request a list of Rwandans jailed in the country is tantamount to pretence because Kampala knows all of them and where they are detained.

During the meeting in Kigali, Rwanda and Uganda agreed to resolve the outstanding issues which have affected relations between the two countries.

The next meeting was scheduled for November 13 but later moved to November 18 because the Ugandan Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa was not available.

Source: By KT Press

Link: Media Diplomacy: Rwanda Accuses Uganda Of Channelling Diplomatic Issues Through The Media

Ugandan detainees in Rwanda accorded all rights; in complete contrast with Rwandan counterparts in Uganda

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By Alex Muhumuza

Fidel Gatsinzi who was tortured into disability by Ugandan military intelligence, working with RNC agents, then dumped at the border. He, like hundreds of other Rwandans in illegal detention in Uganda, received no due legal process.

Ugandan detainees in Rwanda that have been arrested for acts like smuggling; or for entry into Rwanda through illegal border crossings; or other offenses are given a right to speedy court trials. They are allowed consular visits upon request from the Uganda High Commission in Kigali. They are not held incommunicado.

Only this week, Tuesday 12, a dozen Ugandans detained at Nyagatare Police Station have been accorded the benefit of a consular visit when a Ugandan diplomat in Kigali, Juliet Namirimu Kiggundu the Foreign Service Officer, accessed and talked to them.

An investigation by this news website has focused on these twelve Ugandans. They have been accorded all rights after they fell afoul of the law in Rwanda.

Read: On innocent Rwandan nationals, Kampala regime becomes even more lawless

These include individuals like Bosco Kabenzi, 35, who was arrested last month, 21 October in the Rwempasha Sector of Nyagatare. That was after he entered Rwanda through one of the porous border points with 15 kilograms of onions – a case of smuggling. “If he wanted to do things lawfully, he should have used an official crossing,” border officials said.

Kabenzi did not resist arrest, and was taken to the police station. He was produced in court for a first hearing in less than 48 hours as the law stipulates.

Silva Muhwezi, 32, too was apprehended last month, in the Tabagwe Sector. He was suspected of illegally entering Rwanda through an ungazetted border crossing. He too was locked up, and Prosecution is processing his case. The same happened to Moses Baryakasenga, 42 whom police apprehended as he tried to sneak into Rwanda through an illegal entry point in the Bugarama Cell of Rwempasha Sector.

There are others, like Fred Kamugisha who tried to illegally enter the country with cannabis. Or Emmanuel Niwamanya who was carrying 32 chickens on his bicycle, trying to cross with them through one of the many illegal routes – this one in the Kazaza Cell of Rwempasha.

Read: Exclusive: lawless Ugandan security agencies exploit illegally detained Rwandan nationals for monetary gain

The arrests of these, and all other Ugandans currently in detention for breaking the law are conducted with respect for the human rights of the suspects.

No security operatives, member of the intelligence services, or police abducts Ugandans – or any member of another nationality. No single Ugandan is subjected to physical abuse of any kind or subjected to hours of hard labor with beatings, or is deprived of food. This is a far cry from what happens to those Rwandans unfortunate enough to fall into the hands of Ugandan security agencies.

Hundreds upon hundreds of Rwandan nationals held in various places of detention; torture dungeons and the so-called safe houses by operatives of Uganda’s security agencies have suffered untold physical and psychological abuse. It is something that has been going on over the past two and a half years.

Damascene Muhawenimana, a Rwandan that in January this year was arrested – together with his mother – in Kampala described the torture he personally saw in a safe house attached to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI. “Some Rwandans had been beaten so badly with electrical wires and sticks and they had totally lost their minds!” said Muhawenimana.

He was in Kampala with his mother to look for his brother who had gone missing in the Ugandan capital.

The most notorious of the agencies that Kampala has unleashed on Rwandans, CMI, keeps dozens of Rwandans at its Mbuya Military Barracks alone. It keeps several others at its Kireka facility, and countless others in unknown safe houses. Together with agents of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, CMI operatives subject abducted Rwandans to hideous torture.

Following CMI is the Internal Security Organization, ISO. Border police, especially at Kisoro too has been very active in harassment of innocent Rwandans. “It is as if Museveni has declared open seasons upon Rwandan nationals,” remarked a Kampala source.

Unlike the case with Ugandans detained in Rwanda, the security authorities in Uganda abduct Rwandans but never bring charges against them. They will claim they are arresting this or that Rwandan for “illegal entry”, “espionage”, or “illegal weapons possession”. But they never produce a single one before the courts to be heard.

Read: RNC arrested Gatsinzi, confirms operations in Uganda

“It is obvious these CMI people, ISO and others just have another agenda, not enforcing the law,” said a former victim of criminal mistreatment by CMI abductors. He added: “all these accusations of ‘espionage’ or gun possession are just concocted!”

Rwandans that have been abducted in Kampala and tortured include Fidel Gatsinzi, an elderly man that in 2017 was apprehended by CMI operatives working together with Kayumba Rugema – an RNC official and nephew of its chief, Kayumba Nyamwasa – and one Mukombozi. They abducted Gatsinzi, took him to a dungeon and beat him so severely he ended up crippled.

Gatsinzi did not know why they were beating him, “except wild allegations of ‘spying’” he would narrate. The same happened to Moses Ishimwe Rutare. The latter, following two months in CMI’s Mbuya dungeons in December last year is psychologically traumatized.

Read: CMI deploys RNC agents to pinpoint Rwandans to victimize

Even when they were released, it is to be unceremoniously dumped, outside in the streets or at the border posts.

The more unlucky victims have lost their lives.

Nunu Johnson, 60, died in August this year – less than a year after CMI releases him from detention on unproven accusations that “he was spying for Rwanda.”

Some of the abducted Rwandans, like Rene Rutagungira, have been in detention for over two years; been tortured and never been given the chance to a lawful trial.

Others like Emmanuel Rwamucyo, Augustin Rutayisire have been tossed from one torture place to another.

That’s the Museveni system in a nutshell, said a Kampala commentator. “It’s a brutal regime that cares nothing about rule of law!”

In Kigali when the Ugandan diplomatic office writes notes verbale requesting to access any of its citizens in jail, they get a quick response from the Rwandan authorities. That’s what happened recently when the Foreign Service officer at the Ugandan Embassy was given access to the detainees in Nyagatare.

That also is what international norms, or protocols in dealings between nations demands.

In Kampala, the authorities routinely disregard the notes verbale of the Rwandan High Commission. Sources from the Rwandan Embassy in the Ugandan capital have repeatedly talked of the times they’ve written to Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs requesting access to jailed Rwandans, or to those whose whereabouts are unknown.

The Ugandan ministry never deigns reply. Being seen to be disrespecting the law or international norms is of no concern to them, our source remarked.

The Rwandan High Commission wrote notes verbale requesting to see Rutagungira, Rwamucyo, Iyakaremye Claude, Rutayisire, and others. There was no response. No one has been able to access the Military barracks like Mbuya or Makinde at the miliatary court marshal were people like Rutagungira are detained.

The embassy asked to see Darius Kayobera and his wife Claudine who were abducted together this year at their business premises in Kampala, even as they pleaded that they had three little children home.

No response, as ever. Lawyers have protested and made media statements on behalf of these innocent Rwandans but nothing has come of it.

It is always the same ever since Museveni adopted his policy of anti-Rwanda hostility, getting in bed with groups like RNC with plans to destabilize Rwanda, remarked a political analyst.

Ugandan propaganda media distorts Rwandan leader’s remarks at press conference

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By Patience Kirabo

Kampala’s propaganda media has been exploiting President Kagame’s press conference of Friday 8 last week, to level several of their usual falsehoods and smears against the Rwandan leadership.

Chimpreports – a propaganda website that works under Col. CK Asiimwe, the Ugandan Military Intelligence (CMI) Director of Counterterrorism – this Monday outdid most others with an article entitled: “Rwanda-Uganda rift, Kagame blames Rwandan dissidents again.”

The website has no counter-fact against President Kagame’s charge that Uganda has been piling Rwandans into custody, violating their rights with lengthy incarcerations yet not a single Rwandan is ever tried. The website instead chooses to single out one Rwandan, Rene Rutagungira, of the hundreds of Rwandans illegally detained in different Ugandan prisons, torture dungeons and the misnamed “safe-houses”.

Read: In a law-breaking incident involving Ugandans, Kampala propaganda media smear Rwanda instead

Chimpreports claims that officials in Kigali say Rwanda’s main interest is Rutagungira, a Rwandan civilian arrested in 2018 alongside several Ugandan security personnel. That’s a distortion because Rwandan authorities have made it clear each and every Rwandan illegally in Ugandan jails, ungazetted detention houses or torture dungeons, should be released! For each Rwandan that has gone missing, held incommunicado and so on, Rwanda’s High Commission in Kampala has written a note verbale to Ugandan authorities asking about that person.

The question people keep asking is, why is Kampala so interested in keeping people jailed, only claiming they are “spies” or they “entered Uganda illegally”, or that they were in illegal possession of weapons,” yet never afford them the chance to be heard in court? The Ugandan regime seems not to care, and neither has it ever answered any of the Rwandan Embassy’s notes verbale.

To buttress their allegations that Rutagungira – whose rights as a civilian have been further violated when he was “tried” in Makindye General Court Martial last year – was a spy, Uganda’s regime propaganda has been claiming he (Rutagungira) was behind the alleged abduction of Rwandan fugitive Lt. Joel Mutabazi. Joel Mutabazi was a wanted fugitive in Rwanda.

Read: The unholy alliance between Ugandan mainstream media and RNC’s Itahuka

Uganda Police authorities handed him to their Rwandan counterparts in 2013, through a bilateral framework of cooperation between regional police forces. This was part of the fight against transnational crimes through Interpol and the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization Framework.

Uganda Police handed Mutabazi over in full view of everyone. The suspect received a fair, lengthy trial in the presence of the media and the public. Rwanda too handed over to Ugandan authorities people wanted for criminal cases back in Uganda. “These Ugandan propagandist just keep pushing this particular lie only to perpetuate the falsehood of ‘Rwandan spies in Uganda’, that’s all,” said a Kigali analyst.

Chimpreports then claims that, “Rwanda has in recent months killed or arrested leaders of rebel movements including the diaspora-based Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a slander meant to portray Rwanda as a “repressive state”.

This one too has nothing to back it. They just say it and hope people will believe it, even when in this case they do not even bother to give names.

Read: Once Uganda started the media smear campaign, they should have known the extent it will cover

On the other hand the Museveni regime and the anti-Rwanda groups it has made its proxies such as the Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC are accused of real crimes of terrorism, in Rwanda and throughout the region. Museveni’s CMI has been implicated in recruitment activities, to send men to RNC’s training camps in eastern Congo, though recently things have been very bad for them there. They have been routed with hundreds of their fighters losing their lives and others getting captured.

Commentators have been asking, however, why Museveni’s puppet Nyamwasa can’t disclose the whereabouts of Ben Rutabana who has gone missing since September this year. Rutabana’s family through his wife has specifically pinned his disappearance, since September this year, on the RNC’s leadership.

Read: RUD-Urunana top commander killed in DRC

Rutabana, who was the RNC “Commissioner of Capacity Development” disappeared late September according to his family members. Evidence outlined in a letter by Rutabana’s family to RNC shows he was in Uganda. It is said that Nyamwasa’s henchmen such as Frank Ntwari, in collaboration with CMI are responsible for Rutabana’s fate.

Additionally, people like Sylvestre Mudacumura, former commander of the military wing of the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) was killed by security forces in Rutshuru in Congo and Musabyimana Juvenal aka Jean Michel Africa who died last week in an operation by security forces in Binza- Rutshuru near the Uganda border in DRC. All these were both killed on Congolese soil; that’s because the government of RDC is determined that its territory can no longer be the den of illegal armed groups and bandits.

Emblematic of Kampala propaganda media, they just invent stuff, turn facts on their heads and throw whatever mud they can on Rwanda.

In a law-breaking incident involving Ugandans, Kampala propaganda media smear Rwanda instead

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Two Ugandan smugglers have reportedly been shot to death in Rwanda in another incident that underscores the growing desperation of Ugandans who, wishing to sell goods in Rwanda, resort to smuggling.

But before any investigation had been conducted to determine exactly what happened, yesterday several Kampala websites including the Daily Monitor (which is no-longer distinguishable from the other misinformation sites), Softpower, ChimpReports, Commandpost and others had reacted.

Complemented by a number of anti-Rwanda Facebook accounts in the usual coordinated smears and attacks against Kigali, they were insinuating that “Rwanda had shot Ugandans in cold blood!”

Read: Ugandan traders openly resort to criminal smuggling following Museveni’s call

The Kampala propaganda media – most of which are coordinated by organs such as the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI – were claiming the two dead men, identified as Job Ebyarishanga and Bosco Tuheirwe, were “businessmen”.

The Monitor headlined its article: “Two Ugandan businessmen shot in Rwanda.”

Going one better, Commandpost wrote: “Rwanda govt militia execute two Ugandan businessmen.” All the reports were in a similar vein. But the articles showed nothing to indicate these individuals were businessmen in the proper sense of the word.

Perhaps unintentionally however, the Monitor revealed the truth when it quoted one Mr. Ignatius Baketonda, the LCII Chairperson of Kyabuhangwa Parish in the Kamwezi sub-county of Rukiga District where the deceased were resident said: “one of the deceased, Tuheirwe is my nephew. I received information that he had been shot and killed together with a colleague inside Rwanda as they tried to smuggle raw tobacco.”

Softpower – which is known to be run by Sarah Kagingo, one of the Kampala regime misinformation specialists – said: “2 Ugandans shot dead by Rwandan army after Kagame says ‘Ugandans are welcome’”.

Read: Museveni calls upon desperate Ugandan traders to resort to criminal smuggling

These people are just desperate to drag the Rwandan head of state into their dirt, a reader laughed. Ugandan local authorities themselves, from the area, had admitted the men were breaking the law by smuggling tobacco into Rwanda through an ungazetted border crossing.

According to Rwandan border authorities, on 10 November, yesterday, in the dark of the morning of 3 am police shot to death two smugglers. That was in Nyagatare District, in Tabagwe Village of the Tabagwe Sector. It happened when the two smugglers, who were with three others that ran away, acted aggressively, showing intentions of violently assaulting members of the security patrol.

Our sources said the smugglers became aggressive when the patrol stopped them as they carried three bundles of raw tobacco on three bicycles. At the time they were ordered to stop, the smugglers already were one kilometer within Rwandan territory. The dead bodies were then taken to Nyagatare Hospital while the tobacco was taken as exhibit by the Police.

The Ugandan propaganda media said the two were part of a group of five. But they decline to report the activities of the men as of a law-breaking nature. As with many cases before, other than the alarmist headlines and the smears against Rwandan authorities, if they fully reported the truth it would only incriminate the Ugandans.

Read: Desperate smugglers are on the Ugandan side; not Rwanda’s

It was very clear the dead Ugandans – and their three friends who ran away – were violating the law.

Authorities stress that when members of the security patrol shot the smugglers, they did so in self-defense and as the law stipulates.

“Ugandans using official border crossings are welcome in Rwanda, but smugglers? Never!” a border official that preferred to remain unnamed said.

Other than smugglers, Rwandan authorities are extra vigilant against members of rebel groups looking to use the porous cross border routes to perpetrate terrorist attacks in the country. Such an incident happened last month in Kinigi District when terrorists of the FDLR-RUD group crossed from the Ugandan side – according to the five of them that were captured alive – and killed 14 civilians, wounding 18 others.

Rwandan security forces quickly repulsed the attack, killing 19 of the terrorists and capturing the five who disclosed their terrorist ties to FDLR-RUD, and how they were recruited from Uganda.

“Rwanda shall not tolerate criminal smuggling, and it shall ensure no illegal armed groups cross through porous routes!” authorities have emphatically said.

RUD-Urunana top commander killed in DRC

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By The New Times

General Musabyimana Juvenal alias Jean Michel Africa, the commander of RUD-Urunana.

Early Saturday November 9, 2019, General Musabyimana Juvenal alias Jean Michel Africa, the commander of RUD-Urunana was killed in an operation by security forces close to the border with Uganda in Binza, Rutchuru, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The former Forces Armee Rwandais (ex-FAR) officer was a member of the FDLR/FOCA before breaking away to join RUD-Urunana, the armed wing of Victoire Ingabire’s FDU Inkingi, then under the command of General Ndibabaje alias Musare.

Gen. Musabyimana grew within the ranks of FDU-Inkingi becoming its overall military commander until the time of his death. Very reliable sources within the Congolese army (FARDC) that carried out the operation have revealed that Gen Musabyimana was found with classified information linking him to Uganda’s top security officials. The information shows that Gen. Musabyimana had been frequenting Uganda and had been in constant communication with that country’s officials.

Sources reveal that RUD-Urunana was created by Uganda’s intelligence with the specific mission of destablizing Rwanda under the coordination of Philemon Mateke. Mateke has also been the point man between the FDLR and Uganda’s leadership. Sources say that Mateke was tasked by Museveni “to ensure that this partnership works.”

General Musabyimana Juvenal alias Jean Michel Africa.

The classified intelligence on Musabyimana aka Jean Michel Afica also shows that he was in constant contact with Uganda’s Minister of State for Regional Affairs, Philemon Mateke who has been working tirelessly to unify the forces that seek to destabilize Rwanda and that leaders of the “P5” like Major Frank Ntilikina (deputy to Kayumba Nyamwasa in the P5 armed wing) fdu inkingi have been in frequent communication with him. Maj Ntilikina is based in France, and have been frequenting Uganda and remain in constant communication with senior officials of that country.

Last month on the night of October 4, RUD-Urunana carried out an attack in Kinigi, Musanze district, in the northern province, which claimed 14 lives and injured 18 people. The security forces repulsed the killers, killing nineteen and apprehending five. Three of the commanders who managed to escape withdrew to Uganda. Sources say that they are in Uganda under protection in a UPDF barracks.

This prompted Rwanda government to write a note verbale to the authorities in Uganda demanding the extradition of the killers who had retreated to its territory. However, no response has been received to-date, sources say.

Uganda’s authorities have been facilitating Rwanda’s enemies for some time now, evidence shows. In addition to supporting RUD-Urunana, Uganda has been supporting the “P5” umbrella of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, Ingabire Victoire’s FDU-Inkingi, and Dr. Ettiene Masozera’s Amahoro PC .

The December 31, 2018 UN Group of Experts Report on the Congo confirmed that the “P5” was benefiting from a recruitment “network” in Uganda and Burundi. Indeed, on 14-15 December 2018 Mateke had convened a coordination meeting in Serena hotel Kampala, between the RNC and FDLR.

However, the two representatives of the FDLR (La Forge Fils Bazeye and Abega Nkaka) were captured at Bunagana border with the DRC and transferred to Kigali where they confirmed what the UN Report had revealed and confessed that Minister Mateke had invited them to Kampala for a “special message” from President Museveni.

General Musabyimana Juvenal alias Jean Michel Africa.

Similarly, only months later, the FLN top commander Calixte Nsabimama alias Sankara was apprehended and repatriated to Rwanda. He also revealed to the court that he had been in contact with the head of Uganda’s intelligence, Brig Abel Kandiho, whose government had promised to provide war material in their armed campaign against Rwanda. FLN is the armed wing of Gen Wilson Irategeka and Paul Rusesabagina’s MRCD.

In addition to providing coordination and recruitment support, it has been reported numerously that P5 top officials have been visiting Uganda’s top leadership. Early this year in March the RNC’s head of diplomacy, Charlotte Mukankusi and Eugene Gasana met President Museveni in Kampala, a meeting that Museveni said had happened “accidentally.”

Moreover, it was revealed that the RNC officials were traveling on Uganda government-issued passports. Similarly, it was revealed that leaders of the RNC such as Frank Ntwali, commissioner for youth and mobilization, and Ben Rutabana, head of capacity development, frequent Kampala where they meet with top officials in Uganda’s intelligence services and are facilitated with visits to recruitment centers across the country. Ben Rutabana’s family recently confirmed that he travelled to Uganda on August 5 and that he had been in constant contact with Brig Kandiho.

The death of General Musabyimana alias Jean Michel Africa is a big blow to FDU-Urunana and the Ugandan government that created it. This year alone the RNC has been decimated in the DRC, its top commanders killed and others apprehended and repatriated to Rwanda. Sibo Charles a top commander was killed while Major Habib Mudathir was captured alive along with 25 others and repatriated to Kigali where they are being tried in court. Many of those captured are Rwandans while others are Ugandans (4) and Burundians (3), all have confessed Uganda’s role in their recruitment and facilitation to join the RNC.

None of this bodes well for Uganda in its agenda to destabilize Rwanda, especially regarding its continued support for these groups operating in eastern DRC despite the Angola MoU that clearly stipulates non-aggression and putting an end to such activities as noted above.

Whether Uganda takes seriously its commitment to regional peace or continues to play hide and seek – where it publicly says one thing and privately does another – what is clear is that the decision by the DRC government to seriously tackle the insecurity in north and south Kivu and to put an end to the killings of innocent Congolese by these negative elements is paying off in the campaign to pacify the region. This must be a welcome sign for any peace-loving person in the region or anywhere in the world.

Source: The New Times

Link: RUD-Urunana top commander killed in DRC

EDITORIAL: Uganda-Rwanda row more than just the border

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By The New Times

A recent editorial in the Ugandan publication, The Monitor, titled: “Get border peace talks back on track” was an impassioned appeal to leaders of both Uganda and Rwanda to bury the hatchet, implement the Kigali MoU and reopen Gatuna border post.

They based their plea on the fact that border communities, especially on the Ugandan side, were hurting economically.

But The Monitor was very economical with the truth because the MoU was very specific on what should be done for both parties to begin on a clean slate.

Top on the list was the hundreds of Rwandans being held illegally be released or produced in Court. Both parties were called upon to stop economic sabotage and refrain from actions that destabilise the other’s territory.

In fact, what the MoU was asking was aimed at Uganda because Rwanda does not hold any Ugandans illegally, it does not impound Uganda’s exports, nor does it support forces that have vowed to destabilise Uganda; the MoU was one-sided list of grievances.

It was signed on August 23 with the understanding that the next round would be held in Uganda 30 days later. More than two months have elapsed.

The question one should ask is why Uganda did not call for the meeting within the stipulated timeframe, implement what was needed.

The Monitor ought to have appealed to the Ugandan government to implement the MoU. Right now the ball is in Uganda’s court, it has it within its powers to end this standoff and all that is needed is political will.

Source: The New Times

Link: EDITORIAL: Uganda-Rwanda row more than just the border

Desperate smugglers are on the Ugandan side; not Rwanda’s

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Cyanika Border (above), Ever since Rwanda issued a travel advisory to her citizens to stop crossing to Uganda because their safety was not guaranteed, Ugandan border communities and businesses have faced hard times.

Ugandan newspapers and propaganda websites have pounced on an incident in which Rwandan security patrols are reported to have shot two smugglers, and twisted it into stories that they (Rwandan security forces) “shot starving Rwandans that were sneaking food from Uganda.”

The Daily Monitor, Chimpreports, Commandpost, eyalama.com and several other Ugandan-intelligence sponsored propaganda outlets all piled on with headlines like: “two Rwandan nationals shot at Uganda-Rwanda Border” (Monitor). “Rwandan Army executes another starving national attempting to sneak food from Uganda” (Commandpost). “Tension rises as two Rwandan nationals are shot at Uganda-Rwanda border” (Eyalama.com). “Rwandan shot after returning from Uganda” (Monitor again).

Read: GPS coordinates show Nyagatare smuggler was killed on Rwandan territory, not Uganda

All this alarmism concerned two men – Ashimwe Daniel and Havugimana Jean Pierre – that were intercepted by a Rwandan border security patrol in the evening of Monday, this week, as they were smuggling from the Ugandan side.

According to reliable sources from the Rubaya Sector in the Gicumbi District where the incident took place, the patrol ordered a group of four suspected smugglers that were carrying the potatoes to stop. They instead chose to resist, and Ashimwe attacked the security men with a thick, sharpened stick.

In such a situation the lawful thing to do is to shoot in self-defense, according to security regulations. A member of the patrol used a pistol and shot Ashimwe. They then apprehended him. The other smugglers dropped everything and ran away – back to Uganda through the ungazetted border crossing they had used.

Read: Allegations Of Ugandan Minerals Being Smuggled Into Rwanda Don’t Hold Water, Officials

It later transpired that one of them, Havugimana, was hit and wounded in the arm.

No one died despite the fact some of the Kampala websites were claiming “Rwandan security had killed one”.

Monitor, Chimpreports, Commandpost and the others however couldn’t let this “opportunity” go to waste. On the Ugandan side they traced Havugimana where he was getting treated for his arm injury, and began putting together their alarmist and incorrect reports.

The kind of articles they wrote – all claiming that the smugglers were “starving”, or “desperate” Rwandans – serve a Kampala regime misinformation campaign whose goal is to mislead people into believing that Rwanda is, “very badly off because it has closed the border!”

The facts on the ground totally contradict that claim.

Rwanda did not close any border. A trip to Gatuna, Cyanika, Kagitumba and other border posts will show that. What happened was that Kigali warned her citizens, earlier in March this year, against crossing to Uganda. That, as Rwanda made clear, was because Rwandan nationals are at high risk of all sorts of persecution or horrendous physical abuse at the hands of security services in Uganda.

Read: Rwanda’s twelve warnings to Uganda

Hundreds of Rwandans languish in Ugandan prisons; and others in the torture dungeons or “safe houses” of intelligence agencies like the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI.

Rwanda also restricted heavy commercial trucks from Uganda, as works on border infrastructure were ongoing.

When Rwandans – following the travel advisory – stopped going to Uganda, the latter’s businesses, traders and merchants suffered a steep decline in their sales. Restaurants, lodges, petrol stations and others all took a huge hit – all the way to Lyantonde, Mbarara and beyond. Even in Kampala businesses felt the squeeze. They were missing the Rwandan market terribly.

Ugandan officials began crying foul. State Minister for Regional Cooperation Philemon Mateke threatened they would sue Rwanda at the East African Secretariat. But perhaps realizing they would ba asked about their regime’s crimes against multitudes of Rwandans, nationals of an EAC member state, Mateke toned down.

Ugandans were suffering the consequences of their regime’s hostility against Rwanda that’s been extended to innocent Rwandans. The Ugandan ruler, it has been proven with reams of evidence, backs, funds, and closely facilitates Kayumba Nyamwasa, his RNC, and other proxy groups with the mutual goal of destabilizing Rwanda.

Ugandan economists reported huge losses to their country running in millions of US dollars.

Read: Museveni regime to make a big show of handing dead body over to Rwanda

One of the mainstream papers in Uganda recently reported a little bit what Ugandan businesses have suffered. In the period since the restriction at Gatuna of Ugandan commercial trucks; and after Rwandans stopped crossing to Uganda the country has lost more than US$ 664 million (Ushs 2.5 trillion) worth of export revenues.

“Contrary to the things Ugandan propagandists say, it is not Rwandans that are ‘starving’ or ‘desperate’. It is Ugandans!” observers on both sides of the border point out.

The truth of this is immediately visible in the fact many areas of Uganda bordering Rwanda are almost ghost towns.

“People are very angry with Museveni; in Kisoro, in Kabale, in Mirama, everywhere,” said a Ugandan citizen that preferred not to be named, in a phone interview.

Ugandan farmers are so desperate for money; they grow their food but have nowhere to sell it. So they resort to criminality. They sometimes use Rwandan elements along the mutual border to try to smuggle a little of their produce to the Rwandan market, our source added.

Other observers say the smuggling activity actually is a result of Museveni himself encouraging it. The Ugandan ruler – asked in May this year when he would act to normalize relations with the southern neighbor so that his suffering people would resume the profitable trade – shamefacedly said: “even if the border is closed, trade will go on. Only that it will be through smuggling!”

People were shocked. What kind of leader encourages open criminality instead of acknowledging his mistakes and taking steps to rectify the situation?

Rwanda on her part is adamant it will not tolerate criminality whatever Ugandan media or officials say.

“There are several official border crossings across the frontier with Uganda; if someone wants to do legitimate business why resort to illegal crossings?” a Kigali official asked.

But things are so bad for the people on the Ugandan side that they will resort to measures like selling to petty smugglers, at giveaway prices. Things aren’t likely to get easier for them. Rwanda has another reason not to take any chances with anyone using illegal border crossings.

Armed rebel groups like RNC, FDLR, RUD Urunana, or FLN have been trying to use the illegal entry points to launch attacks into Rwanda. Philemon Mateke has been named as having facilitated the recent FDLR-RUD attack in Kinigi, which the security forces quickly repulsed killing several of the attackers and capturing five.

The security patrols are only likely to increase their vigilance.

Ugandan detainees in Rwanda accorded all rights; in complete contrast with Rwandan counterparts in Uganda

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By Alex Muhumuza

Fidel Gatsinzi who was tortured into disability by Ugandan military intelligence, working with RNC agents, then dumped at the border. He, like hundreds of other Rwandans in illegal detention in Uganda, received no due legal process.

Ugandan detainees in Rwanda that have been arrested for acts like smuggling; or for entry into Rwanda through illegal border crossings; or other offenses are given a right to speedy court trials. They are allowed consular visits upon request from the Uganda High Commission in Kigali. They are not held incommunicado.

Only this week, Tuesday 12, a dozen Ugandans detained at Nyagatare Police Station have been accorded the benefit of a consular visit when a Ugandan diplomat in Kigali, Juliet Namirimu Kiggundu the Foreign Service Officer, accessed and talked to them.

An investigation by this news website has focused on these twelve Ugandans. They have been accorded all rights after they fell afoul of the law in Rwanda.

Read: On innocent Rwandan nationals, Kampala regime becomes even more lawless

These include individuals like Bosco Kabenzi, 35, who was arrested last month, 21 October in the Rwempasha Sector of Nyagatare. That was after he entered Rwanda through one of the porous border points with 15 kilograms of onions – a case of smuggling. “If he wanted to do things lawfully, he should have used an official crossing,” border officials said.

Kabenzi did not resist arrest, and was taken to the police station. He was produced in court for a first hearing in less than 48 hours as the law stipulates.

Silva Muhwezi, 32, too was apprehended last month, in the Tabagwe Sector. He was suspected of illegally entering Rwanda through an ungazetted border crossing. He too was locked up, and Prosecution is processing his case. The same happened to Moses Baryakasenga, 42 whom police apprehended as he tried to sneak into Rwanda through an illegal entry point in the Bugarama Cell of Rwempasha Sector.

There are others, like Fred Kamugisha who tried to illegally enter the country with cannabis. Or Emmanuel Niwamanya who was carrying 32 chickens on his bicycle, trying to cross with them through one of the many illegal routes – this one in the Kazaza Cell of Rwempasha.

Read: Exclusive: lawless Ugandan security agencies exploit illegally detained Rwandan nationals for monetary gain

The arrests of these, and all other Ugandans currently in detention for breaking the law are conducted with respect for the human rights of the suspects.

No security operatives, member of the intelligence services, or police abducts Ugandans – or any member of another nationality. No single Ugandan is subjected to physical abuse of any kind or subjected to hours of hard labor with beatings, or is deprived of food. This is a far cry from what happens to those Rwandans unfortunate enough to fall into the hands of Ugandan security agencies.

Hundreds upon hundreds of Rwandan nationals held in various places of detention; torture dungeons and the so-called safe houses by operatives of Uganda’s security agencies have suffered untold physical and psychological abuse. It is something that has been going on over the past two and a half years.

Damascene Muhawenimana, a Rwandan that in January this year was arrested – together with his mother – in Kampala described the torture he personally saw in a safe house attached to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI. “Some Rwandans had been beaten so badly with electrical wires and sticks and they had totally lost their minds!” said Muhawenimana.

He was in Kampala with his mother to look for his brother who had gone missing in the Ugandan capital.

The most notorious of the agencies that Kampala has unleashed on Rwandans, CMI, keeps dozens of Rwandans at its Mbuya Military Barracks alone. It keeps several others at its Kireka facility, and countless others in unknown safe houses. Together with agents of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, CMI operatives subject abducted Rwandans to hideous torture.

Following CMI is the Internal Security Organization, ISO. Border police, especially at Kisoro too has been very active in harassment of innocent Rwandans. “It is as if Museveni has declared open seasons upon Rwandan nationals,” remarked a Kampala source.

Unlike the case with Ugandans detained in Rwanda, the security authorities in Uganda abduct Rwandans but never bring charges against them. They will claim they are arresting this or that Rwandan for “illegal entry”, “espionage”, or “illegal weapons possession”. But they never produce a single one before the courts to be heard.

Read: RNC arrested Gatsinzi, confirms operations in Uganda

“It is obvious these CMI people, ISO and others just have another agenda, not enforcing the law,” said a former victim of criminal mistreatment by CMI abductors. He added: “all these accusations of ‘espionage’ or gun possession are just concocted!”

Rwandans that have been abducted in Kampala and tortured include Fidel Gatsinzi, an elderly man that in 2017 was apprehended by CMI operatives working together with Kayumba Rugema – an RNC official and nephew of its chief, Kayumba Nyamwasa – and one Mukombozi. They abducted Gatsinzi, took him to a dungeon and beat him so severely he ended up crippled.

Gatsinzi did not know why they were beating him, “except wild allegations of ‘spying’” he would narrate. The same happened to Moses Ishimwe Rutare. The latter, following two months in CMI’s Mbuya dungeons in December last year is psychologically traumatized.

Read: CMI deploys RNC agents to pinpoint Rwandans to victimize

Even when they were released, it is to be unceremoniously dumped, outside in the streets or at the border posts.

The more unlucky victims have lost their lives.

Nunu Johnson, 60, died in August this year – less than a year after CMI releases him from detention on unproven accusations that “he was spying for Rwanda.”

Some of the abducted Rwandans, like Rene Rutagungira, have been in detention for over two years; been tortured and never been given the chance to a lawful trial.

Others like Emmanuel Rwamucyo, Augustin Rutayisire have been tossed from one torture place to another.

That’s the Museveni system in a nutshell, said a Kampala commentator. “It’s a brutal regime that cares nothing about rule of law!”

In Kigali when the Ugandan diplomatic office writes notes verbale requesting to access any of its citizens in jail, they get a quick response from the Rwandan authorities. That’s what happened recently when the Foreign Service officer at the Ugandan Embassy was given access to the detainees in Nyagatare.

That also is what international norms, or protocols in dealings between nations demands.

In Kampala, the authorities routinely disregard the notes verbale of the Rwandan High Commission. Sources from the Rwandan Embassy in the Ugandan capital have repeatedly talked of the times they’ve written to Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs requesting access to jailed Rwandans, or to those whose whereabouts are unknown.

The Ugandan ministry never deigns reply. Being seen to be disrespecting the law or international norms is of no concern to them, our source remarked.

The Rwandan High Commission wrote notes verbale requesting to see Rutagungira, Rwamucyo, Iyakaremye Claude, Rutayisire, and others. There was no response. No one has been able to access the Military barracks like Mbuya or Makinde at the miliatary court marshal were people like Rutagungira are detained.

The embassy asked to see Darius Kayobera and his wife Claudine who were abducted together this year at their business premises in Kampala, even as they pleaded that they had three little children home.

No response, as ever. Lawyers have protested and made media statements on behalf of these innocent Rwandans but nothing has come of it.

It is always the same ever since Museveni adopted his policy of anti-Rwanda hostility, getting in bed with groups like RNC with plans to destabilize Rwanda, remarked a political analyst.

Ugandan propaganda media distorts Rwandan leader’s remarks at press conference

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By Patience Kirabo

Kampala’s propaganda media has been exploiting President Kagame’s press conference of Friday 8 last week, to level several of their usual falsehoods and smears against the Rwandan leadership.

Chimpreports – a propaganda website that works under Col. CK Asiimwe, the Ugandan Military Intelligence (CMI) Director of Counterterrorism – this Monday outdid most others with an article entitled: “Rwanda-Uganda rift, Kagame blames Rwandan dissidents again.”

The website has no counter-fact against President Kagame’s charge that Uganda has been piling Rwandans into custody, violating their rights with lengthy incarcerations yet not a single Rwandan is ever tried. The website instead chooses to single out one Rwandan, Rene Rutagungira, of the hundreds of Rwandans illegally detained in different Ugandan prisons, torture dungeons and the misnamed “safe-houses”.

Read: In a law-breaking incident involving Ugandans, Kampala propaganda media smear Rwanda instead

Chimpreports claims that officials in Kigali say Rwanda’s main interest is Rutagungira, a Rwandan civilian arrested in 2018 alongside several Ugandan security personnel. That’s a distortion because Rwandan authorities have made it clear each and every Rwandan illegally in Ugandan jails, ungazetted detention houses or torture dungeons, should be released! For each Rwandan that has gone missing, held incommunicado and so on, Rwanda’s High Commission in Kampala has written a note verbale to Ugandan authorities asking about that person.

The question people keep asking is, why is Kampala so interested in keeping people jailed, only claiming they are “spies” or they “entered Uganda illegally”, or that they were in illegal possession of weapons,” yet never afford them the chance to be heard in court? The Ugandan regime seems not to care, and neither has it ever answered any of the Rwandan Embassy’s notes verbale.

To buttress their allegations that Rutagungira – whose rights as a civilian have been further violated when he was “tried” in Makindye General Court Martial last year – was a spy, Uganda’s regime propaganda has been claiming he (Rutagungira) was behind the alleged abduction of Rwandan fugitive Lt. Joel Mutabazi. Joel Mutabazi was a wanted fugitive in Rwanda.

Read: The unholy alliance between Ugandan mainstream media and RNC’s Itahuka

Uganda Police authorities handed him to their Rwandan counterparts in 2013, through a bilateral framework of cooperation between regional police forces. This was part of the fight against transnational crimes through Interpol and the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization Framework.

Uganda Police handed Mutabazi over in full view of everyone. The suspect received a fair, lengthy trial in the presence of the media and the public. Rwanda too handed over to Ugandan authorities people wanted for criminal cases back in Uganda. “These Ugandan propagandist just keep pushing this particular lie only to perpetuate the falsehood of ‘Rwandan spies in Uganda’, that’s all,” said a Kigali analyst.

Chimpreports then claims that, “Rwanda has in recent months killed or arrested leaders of rebel movements including the diaspora-based Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a slander meant to portray Rwanda as a “repressive state”.

This one too has nothing to back it. They just say it and hope people will believe it, even when in this case they do not even bother to give names.

Read: Once Uganda started the media smear campaign, they should have known the extent it will cover

On the other hand the Museveni regime and the anti-Rwanda groups it has made its proxies such as the Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC are accused of real crimes of terrorism, in Rwanda and throughout the region. Museveni’s CMI has been implicated in recruitment activities, to send men to RNC’s training camps in eastern Congo, though recently things have been very bad for them there. They have been routed with hundreds of their fighters losing their lives and others getting captured.

Commentators have been asking, however, why Museveni’s puppet Nyamwasa can’t disclose the whereabouts of Ben Rutabana who has gone missing since September this year. Rutabana’s family through his wife has specifically pinned his disappearance, since September this year, on the RNC’s leadership.

Read: RUD-Urunana top commander killed in DRC

Rutabana, who was the RNC “Commissioner of Capacity Development” disappeared late September according to his family members. Evidence outlined in a letter by Rutabana’s family to RNC shows he was in Uganda. It is said that Nyamwasa’s henchmen such as Frank Ntwari, in collaboration with CMI are responsible for Rutabana’s fate.

Additionally, people like Sylvestre Mudacumura, former commander of the military wing of the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) was killed by security forces in Rutshuru in Congo and Musabyimana Juvenal aka Jean Michel Africa who died last week in an operation by security forces in Binza- Rutshuru near the Uganda border in DRC. All these were both killed on Congolese soil; that’s because the government of RDC is determined that its territory can no longer be the den of illegal armed groups and bandits.

Emblematic of Kampala propaganda media, they just invent stuff, turn facts on their heads and throw whatever mud they can on Rwanda.

In a law-breaking incident involving Ugandans, Kampala propaganda media smear Rwanda instead

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Two Ugandan smugglers have reportedly been shot to death in Rwanda in another incident that underscores the growing desperation of Ugandans who, wishing to sell goods in Rwanda, resort to smuggling.

But before any investigation had been conducted to determine exactly what happened, yesterday several Kampala websites including the Daily Monitor (which is no-longer distinguishable from the other misinformation sites), Softpower, ChimpReports, Commandpost and others had reacted.

Complemented by a number of anti-Rwanda Facebook accounts in the usual coordinated smears and attacks against Kigali, they were insinuating that “Rwanda had shot Ugandans in cold blood!”

Read: Ugandan traders openly resort to criminal smuggling following Museveni’s call

The Kampala propaganda media – most of which are coordinated by organs such as the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI – were claiming the two dead men, identified as Job Ebyarishanga and Bosco Tuheirwe, were “businessmen”.

The Monitor headlined its article: “Two Ugandan businessmen shot in Rwanda.”

Going one better, Commandpost wrote: “Rwanda govt militia execute two Ugandan businessmen.” All the reports were in a similar vein. But the articles showed nothing to indicate these individuals were businessmen in the proper sense of the word.

Perhaps unintentionally however, the Monitor revealed the truth when it quoted one Mr. Ignatius Baketonda, the LCII Chairperson of Kyabuhangwa Parish in the Kamwezi sub-county of Rukiga District where the deceased were resident said: “one of the deceased, Tuheirwe is my nephew. I received information that he had been shot and killed together with a colleague inside Rwanda as they tried to smuggle raw tobacco.”

Softpower – which is known to be run by Sarah Kagingo, one of the Kampala regime misinformation specialists – said: “2 Ugandans shot dead by Rwandan army after Kagame says ‘Ugandans are welcome’”.

Read: Museveni calls upon desperate Ugandan traders to resort to criminal smuggling

These people are just desperate to drag the Rwandan head of state into their dirt, a reader laughed. Ugandan local authorities themselves, from the area, had admitted the men were breaking the law by smuggling tobacco into Rwanda through an ungazetted border crossing.

According to Rwandan border authorities, on 10 November, yesterday, in the dark of the morning of 3 am police shot to death two smugglers. That was in Nyagatare District, in Tabagwe Village of the Tabagwe Sector. It happened when the two smugglers, who were with three others that ran away, acted aggressively, showing intentions of violently assaulting members of the security patrol.

Our sources said the smugglers became aggressive when the patrol stopped them as they carried three bundles of raw tobacco on three bicycles. At the time they were ordered to stop, the smugglers already were one kilometer within Rwandan territory. The dead bodies were then taken to Nyagatare Hospital while the tobacco was taken as exhibit by the Police.

The Ugandan propaganda media said the two were part of a group of five. But they decline to report the activities of the men as of a law-breaking nature. As with many cases before, other than the alarmist headlines and the smears against Rwandan authorities, if they fully reported the truth it would only incriminate the Ugandans.

Read: Desperate smugglers are on the Ugandan side; not Rwanda’s

It was very clear the dead Ugandans – and their three friends who ran away – were violating the law.

Authorities stress that when members of the security patrol shot the smugglers, they did so in self-defense and as the law stipulates.

“Ugandans using official border crossings are welcome in Rwanda, but smugglers? Never!” a border official that preferred to remain unnamed said.

Other than smugglers, Rwandan authorities are extra vigilant against members of rebel groups looking to use the porous cross border routes to perpetrate terrorist attacks in the country. Such an incident happened last month in Kinigi District when terrorists of the FDLR-RUD group crossed from the Ugandan side – according to the five of them that were captured alive – and killed 14 civilians, wounding 18 others.

Rwandan security forces quickly repulsed the attack, killing 19 of the terrorists and capturing the five who disclosed their terrorist ties to FDLR-RUD, and how they were recruited from Uganda.

“Rwanda shall not tolerate criminal smuggling, and it shall ensure no illegal armed groups cross through porous routes!” authorities have emphatically said.

RUD-Urunana top commander killed in DRC

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By The New Times

General Musabyimana Juvenal alias Jean Michel Africa, the commander of RUD-Urunana.

Early Saturday November 9, 2019, General Musabyimana Juvenal alias Jean Michel Africa, the commander of RUD-Urunana was killed in an operation by security forces close to the border with Uganda in Binza, Rutchuru, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The former Forces Armee Rwandais (ex-FAR) officer was a member of the FDLR/FOCA before breaking away to join RUD-Urunana, the armed wing of Victoire Ingabire’s FDU Inkingi, then under the command of General Ndibabaje alias Musare.

Gen. Musabyimana grew within the ranks of FDU-Inkingi becoming its overall military commander until the time of his death. Very reliable sources within the Congolese army (FARDC) that carried out the operation have revealed that Gen Musabyimana was found with classified information linking him to Uganda’s top security officials. The information shows that Gen. Musabyimana had been frequenting Uganda and had been in constant communication with that country’s officials.

Sources reveal that RUD-Urunana was created by Uganda’s intelligence with the specific mission of destablizing Rwanda under the coordination of Philemon Mateke. Mateke has also been the point man between the FDLR and Uganda’s leadership. Sources say that Mateke was tasked by Museveni “to ensure that this partnership works.”

General Musabyimana Juvenal alias Jean Michel Africa.

The classified intelligence on Musabyimana aka Jean Michel Afica also shows that he was in constant contact with Uganda’s Minister of State for Regional Affairs, Philemon Mateke who has been working tirelessly to unify the forces that seek to destabilize Rwanda and that leaders of the “P5” like Major Frank Ntilikina (deputy to Kayumba Nyamwasa in the P5 armed wing) fdu inkingi have been in frequent communication with him. Maj Ntilikina is based in France, and have been frequenting Uganda and remain in constant communication with senior officials of that country.

Last month on the night of October 4, RUD-Urunana carried out an attack in Kinigi, Musanze district, in the northern province, which claimed 14 lives and injured 18 people. The security forces repulsed the killers, killing nineteen and apprehending five. Three of the commanders who managed to escape withdrew to Uganda. Sources say that they are in Uganda under protection in a UPDF barracks.

This prompted Rwanda government to write a note verbale to the authorities in Uganda demanding the extradition of the killers who had retreated to its territory. However, no response has been received to-date, sources say.

Uganda’s authorities have been facilitating Rwanda’s enemies for some time now, evidence shows. In addition to supporting RUD-Urunana, Uganda has been supporting the “P5” umbrella of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, Ingabire Victoire’s FDU-Inkingi, and Dr. Ettiene Masozera’s Amahoro PC .

The December 31, 2018 UN Group of Experts Report on the Congo confirmed that the “P5” was benefiting from a recruitment “network” in Uganda and Burundi. Indeed, on 14-15 December 2018 Mateke had convened a coordination meeting in Serena hotel Kampala, between the RNC and FDLR.

However, the two representatives of the FDLR (La Forge Fils Bazeye and Abega Nkaka) were captured at Bunagana border with the DRC and transferred to Kigali where they confirmed what the UN Report had revealed and confessed that Minister Mateke had invited them to Kampala for a “special message” from President Museveni.

General Musabyimana Juvenal alias Jean Michel Africa.

Similarly, only months later, the FLN top commander Calixte Nsabimama alias Sankara was apprehended and repatriated to Rwanda. He also revealed to the court that he had been in contact with the head of Uganda’s intelligence, Brig Abel Kandiho, whose government had promised to provide war material in their armed campaign against Rwanda. FLN is the armed wing of Gen Wilson Irategeka and Paul Rusesabagina’s MRCD.

In addition to providing coordination and recruitment support, it has been reported numerously that P5 top officials have been visiting Uganda’s top leadership. Early this year in March the RNC’s head of diplomacy, Charlotte Mukankusi and Eugene Gasana met President Museveni in Kampala, a meeting that Museveni said had happened “accidentally.”

Moreover, it was revealed that the RNC officials were traveling on Uganda government-issued passports. Similarly, it was revealed that leaders of the RNC such as Frank Ntwali, commissioner for youth and mobilization, and Ben Rutabana, head of capacity development, frequent Kampala where they meet with top officials in Uganda’s intelligence services and are facilitated with visits to recruitment centers across the country. Ben Rutabana’s family recently confirmed that he travelled to Uganda on August 5 and that he had been in constant contact with Brig Kandiho.

The death of General Musabyimana alias Jean Michel Africa is a big blow to FDU-Urunana and the Ugandan government that created it. This year alone the RNC has been decimated in the DRC, its top commanders killed and others apprehended and repatriated to Rwanda. Sibo Charles a top commander was killed while Major Habib Mudathir was captured alive along with 25 others and repatriated to Kigali where they are being tried in court. Many of those captured are Rwandans while others are Ugandans (4) and Burundians (3), all have confessed Uganda’s role in their recruitment and facilitation to join the RNC.

None of this bodes well for Uganda in its agenda to destabilize Rwanda, especially regarding its continued support for these groups operating in eastern DRC despite the Angola MoU that clearly stipulates non-aggression and putting an end to such activities as noted above.

Whether Uganda takes seriously its commitment to regional peace or continues to play hide and seek – where it publicly says one thing and privately does another – what is clear is that the decision by the DRC government to seriously tackle the insecurity in north and south Kivu and to put an end to the killings of innocent Congolese by these negative elements is paying off in the campaign to pacify the region. This must be a welcome sign for any peace-loving person in the region or anywhere in the world.

Source: The New Times

Link: RUD-Urunana top commander killed in DRC

EDITORIAL: Uganda-Rwanda row more than just the border

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By The New Times

A recent editorial in the Ugandan publication, The Monitor, titled: “Get border peace talks back on track” was an impassioned appeal to leaders of both Uganda and Rwanda to bury the hatchet, implement the Kigali MoU and reopen Gatuna border post.

They based their plea on the fact that border communities, especially on the Ugandan side, were hurting economically.

But The Monitor was very economical with the truth because the MoU was very specific on what should be done for both parties to begin on a clean slate.

Top on the list was the hundreds of Rwandans being held illegally be released or produced in Court. Both parties were called upon to stop economic sabotage and refrain from actions that destabilise the other’s territory.

In fact, what the MoU was asking was aimed at Uganda because Rwanda does not hold any Ugandans illegally, it does not impound Uganda’s exports, nor does it support forces that have vowed to destabilise Uganda; the MoU was one-sided list of grievances.

It was signed on August 23 with the understanding that the next round would be held in Uganda 30 days later. More than two months have elapsed.

The question one should ask is why Uganda did not call for the meeting within the stipulated timeframe, implement what was needed.

The Monitor ought to have appealed to the Ugandan government to implement the MoU. Right now the ball is in Uganda’s court, it has it within its powers to end this standoff and all that is needed is political will.

Source: The New Times

Link: EDITORIAL: Uganda-Rwanda row more than just the border

Desperate smugglers are on the Ugandan side; not Rwanda’s

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By Jackson Mutabazi

Cyanika Border (above), Ever since Rwanda issued a travel advisory to her citizens to stop crossing to Uganda because their safety was not guaranteed, Ugandan border communities and businesses have faced hard times.

Ugandan newspapers and propaganda websites have pounced on an incident in which Rwandan security patrols are reported to have shot two smugglers, and twisted it into stories that they (Rwandan security forces) “shot starving Rwandans that were sneaking food from Uganda.”

The Daily Monitor, Chimpreports, Commandpost, eyalama.com and several other Ugandan-intelligence sponsored propaganda outlets all piled on with headlines like: “two Rwandan nationals shot at Uganda-Rwanda Border” (Monitor). “Rwandan Army executes another starving national attempting to sneak food from Uganda” (Commandpost). “Tension rises as two Rwandan nationals are shot at Uganda-Rwanda border” (Eyalama.com). “Rwandan shot after returning from Uganda” (Monitor again).

Read: GPS coordinates show Nyagatare smuggler was killed on Rwandan territory, not Uganda

All this alarmism concerned two men – Ashimwe Daniel and Havugimana Jean Pierre – that were intercepted by a Rwandan border security patrol in the evening of Monday, this week, as they were smuggling from the Ugandan side.

According to reliable sources from the Rubaya Sector in the Gicumbi District where the incident took place, the patrol ordered a group of four suspected smugglers that were carrying the potatoes to stop. They instead chose to resist, and Ashimwe attacked the security men with a thick, sharpened stick.

In such a situation the lawful thing to do is to shoot in self-defense, according to security regulations. A member of the patrol used a pistol and shot Ashimwe. They then apprehended him. The other smugglers dropped everything and ran away – back to Uganda through the ungazetted border crossing they had used.

Read: Allegations Of Ugandan Minerals Being Smuggled Into Rwanda Don’t Hold Water, Officials

It later transpired that one of them, Havugimana, was hit and wounded in the arm.

No one died despite the fact some of the Kampala websites were claiming “Rwandan security had killed one”.

Monitor, Chimpreports, Commandpost and the others however couldn’t let this “opportunity” go to waste. On the Ugandan side they traced Havugimana where he was getting treated for his arm injury, and began putting together their alarmist and incorrect reports.

The kind of articles they wrote – all claiming that the smugglers were “starving”, or “desperate” Rwandans – serve a Kampala regime misinformation campaign whose goal is to mislead people into believing that Rwanda is, “very badly off because it has closed the border!”

The facts on the ground totally contradict that claim.

Rwanda did not close any border. A trip to Gatuna, Cyanika, Kagitumba and other border posts will show that. What happened was that Kigali warned her citizens, earlier in March this year, against crossing to Uganda. That, as Rwanda made clear, was because Rwandan nationals are at high risk of all sorts of persecution or horrendous physical abuse at the hands of security services in Uganda.

Read: Rwanda’s twelve warnings to Uganda

Hundreds of Rwandans languish in Ugandan prisons; and others in the torture dungeons or “safe houses” of intelligence agencies like the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI.

Rwanda also restricted heavy commercial trucks from Uganda, as works on border infrastructure were ongoing.

When Rwandans – following the travel advisory – stopped going to Uganda, the latter’s businesses, traders and merchants suffered a steep decline in their sales. Restaurants, lodges, petrol stations and others all took a huge hit – all the way to Lyantonde, Mbarara and beyond. Even in Kampala businesses felt the squeeze. They were missing the Rwandan market terribly.

Ugandan officials began crying foul. State Minister for Regional Cooperation Philemon Mateke threatened they would sue Rwanda at the East African Secretariat. But perhaps realizing they would ba asked about their regime’s crimes against multitudes of Rwandans, nationals of an EAC member state, Mateke toned down.

Ugandans were suffering the consequences of their regime’s hostility against Rwanda that’s been extended to innocent Rwandans. The Ugandan ruler, it has been proven with reams of evidence, backs, funds, and closely facilitates Kayumba Nyamwasa, his RNC, and other proxy groups with the mutual goal of destabilizing Rwanda.

Ugandan economists reported huge losses to their country running in millions of US dollars.

Read: Museveni regime to make a big show of handing dead body over to Rwanda

One of the mainstream papers in Uganda recently reported a little bit what Ugandan businesses have suffered. In the period since the restriction at Gatuna of Ugandan commercial trucks; and after Rwandans stopped crossing to Uganda the country has lost more than US$ 664 million (Ushs 2.5 trillion) worth of export revenues.

“Contrary to the things Ugandan propagandists say, it is not Rwandans that are ‘starving’ or ‘desperate’. It is Ugandans!” observers on both sides of the border point out.

The truth of this is immediately visible in the fact many areas of Uganda bordering Rwanda are almost ghost towns.

“People are very angry with Museveni; in Kisoro, in Kabale, in Mirama, everywhere,” said a Ugandan citizen that preferred not to be named, in a phone interview.

Ugandan farmers are so desperate for money; they grow their food but have nowhere to sell it. So they resort to criminality. They sometimes use Rwandan elements along the mutual border to try to smuggle a little of their produce to the Rwandan market, our source added.

Other observers say the smuggling activity actually is a result of Museveni himself encouraging it. The Ugandan ruler – asked in May this year when he would act to normalize relations with the southern neighbor so that his suffering people would resume the profitable trade – shamefacedly said: “even if the border is closed, trade will go on. Only that it will be through smuggling!”

People were shocked. What kind of leader encourages open criminality instead of acknowledging his mistakes and taking steps to rectify the situation?

Rwanda on her part is adamant it will not tolerate criminality whatever Ugandan media or officials say.

“There are several official border crossings across the frontier with Uganda; if someone wants to do legitimate business why resort to illegal crossings?” a Kigali official asked.

But things are so bad for the people on the Ugandan side that they will resort to measures like selling to petty smugglers, at giveaway prices. Things aren’t likely to get easier for them. Rwanda has another reason not to take any chances with anyone using illegal border crossings.

Armed rebel groups like RNC, FDLR, RUD Urunana, or FLN have been trying to use the illegal entry points to launch attacks into Rwanda. Philemon Mateke has been named as having facilitated the recent FDLR-RUD attack in Kinigi, which the security forces quickly repulsed killing several of the attackers and capturing five.

The security patrols are only likely to increase their vigilance.

Uganda’s Daily Monitor Newspaper Pushes Museveni Propaganda Rather Than Advocate Solutions

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By KT Press

One of Rwandans return home after months of captivity in Uganda.

Daily Monitor in its Sunday publication wrote an editorial in which the paper labors to draw a moral equivalence regarding the bad relations between Rwanda and Uganda, which has escalated over the past couple of years.

The editorial entitled “get border peace talks back on track” goes on to call upon leaders of Uganda and Rwanda to “make the effort to normalize ties” when the follow up meeting of the ad-hoc Committee on the MoU, signed in August, next meets in the Ugandan capital.

The Monitor’s editorial gets it spectacularly wrong right from word go, by making the issue between both countries as one of “border closure”, when the underlying factors are totally opposite, as Rwanda has laid down in clear terms.

One is the fact that Kampala openly is in bed with Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, and other groups bent on destabilizing Rwanda. The other is the hundreds of innocent Rwandans languishing in Ugandan prisons, or in the torture dungeons of Uganda’s intelligence services.

These are people that have been abducted, and jailed with no benefit of a court hearing. Hundreds are in custody but not allowed consular visits, and neither do their families know where most are. They have suffered torture, as attorneys such as Eron Kiiza and Tony Odur of Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates have indicated.

The Monitor simply skates over those issues in its false equivalences; and in its eager advocacy for the opening of the Rwandan market to Ugandan businesses.

Rwanda never closed the border, as corroborated by media reports. What happened was a partial halt to heavy commercial trucks.

The facts are not what The Daily Monitor seems interested in however. The paper simply is enabling Museveni’s machinations by omitting mention of the genesis of the current strained relations between the two countries. It deliberately misleads through implications that “both sides have legitimate grievances against the other”!

When it was Uganda’s turn to call the follow-up meeting, it did not. The Kampala meeting of the ad-hoc Committee should have taken place in the Ugandan capital a fortnight ago. It did not. Kampala had committed to present a progress report on how far it has come in addressing the grievances tabled by Rwanda.

The demands include the release of all Rwandans detained illegally in Uganda and ceasing support to terror groups working to destabilize Rwanda, as well as commitment to put an end to economic sabotage that Uganda has inflicted on Rwanda.

“Why is Daily Monitor not wondering why Uganda has failed to call a meeting?,” observers asked. “Or why doesn’t the paper ask why the Ugandan government hasn’t said how far it is in implementing what the MoU says on jailed, tortured Rwandans that have not received due process? Or why it isn’t dismantling RNC networks?”

It is no secret that Rwandans going about their business in Uganda have been snatched off the streets, in broad daylight by CMI operatives working with RNC agents. It is common knowledge that countless Rwandans have been pulled off buses in the border areas and slapped with accusations, either of “illegal entry”, or “espionage”.

Just a couple of weeks back Kiiza and Odur issued a statement in which they detailed the suffering Rwandans have endured in Uganda, particularly over the last two years.

“Over 100 Rwandans are in illegal CMI detention and held incommunicado. Their relatives can’t access them…all the clients we have been able to rescue form CMI complain of physical and psychological torture,” the statement reads in part.

Less than a week after the law firm issued the statement, CMI reacted by getting some 35 Rwandans out of their dungeons, and transferred them to police stations in different parts of the country.

There is the plight of people like Julienne Kayirere, a Rwandan woman who was operating a small business in Mubende, in Uganda before she was abducted and thrown into jail. They separated her from her three months old baby after summarily declaring her an “illegal entrant” despite having been in the country operating a business for years.

Kayirere suffers the unspeakable agony of a mother that doesn’t know where her baby is. Apparently these inhumane crimes are of little interest to the Monitor, or any other Ugandan publication for that matter. Rwandan lives; or the suffering of innocent Rwandans are of little concern to them. “Business”, and “opening the border” is all they clamor for.

Daily Monitor reports the big sums of money that Ugandan businesses and traders have lost. In the first three months of the Gatuna border closure to heavy trucks from Uganda, the country lost more than US$ 664 million (Ushs 2.5 trillion) worth of exports to Rwanda.

This figure may have increased at least three times by now and Ugandans including media houses like Daily Monitor, ought to be asking their government the hard questions.

People cannot trade if there is persecution on the other side of the border. There can be no freedom of movement or goods when the intelligence services of one country have declared open season on the innocent citizens of another, as all observers agree.
Yet Uganda has not declared an end to its hostile anti-Rwanda activities.

One would bring to the attention of the Daily Monitor the following words by ordinary citizens in Kigali. “If Museveni and his government are so interested in none-stop abuse and torture of Rwandans, and if they like RNC so much, then let them do business with RNC. They can forget the Rwandan market!”

Source: KT PRESS / Rwanda

Link: Uganda’s Daily Monitor Newspaper Pushes Museveni Propaganda Rather Than Advocate Solutions

Kampala propaganda outlets spin a web of falsehoods on Kigali cabinet changes

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By Alain Mucyo

Media publications linked to the Ugandan intelligence apparatus on Tuesday morning labored hard to make much out of the changes made by President Paul Kagame on Monday night, trying to put a negative spin on everything.

Kampala propaganda outlets, such as Kampala Post outdid themselves “analyzing” the reshuffle. In actual sense President Kagame made a few appointments in cabinet as mandated by the Rwandan Constitution, during which he mostly filled vacant cabinet seats and made slight realignments.

The head of state also made changes in the Rwanda Defense Forces. Nothing out of the ordinary for a commander in chief. However, for the Kampala intelligence mouthpieces it was an opportunity to spew their anti-Kigali narrative, with deeply flawed analyses in their never ending campaign of misinformation.

Read: Uganda conducts affairs of state through propaganda publications

Kampala Post ropes in the RNC chief propagandist David Himbara, a fellow that has distinguished himself in spinning tall tales about the Rwandan government. Himbara went on to say, without substantiating anything, that President Kagame “is either arresting his generals or reshuffling them on a continuous basis.”

For an academic that his Kampala backers want the world to believe, Himbara made a complete joke of himself with that outrageous allegation. But Himbara has proven time again that he has no shame.

All is a matter of public record and it would not have taken a minute of search to get the facts on each of the officers. But when have Himbara or the Museveni regime propagandists ever been interested in facts?

Gen. Patrick Nyanvumba was a Chief of Defense Staff who was replaced, having served in the same capacity since 2013, six solid years. The Head of State then entrusted him with other duties, in a more senior capacity as the Minister of Internal Security.

Yet the misinformation specialists want everyone to believe there is something wrong with that.

Read: Behavior of Kampala and its tools of misinformation indicate culpability in bad relations

Talking of the alleged “murdered” or “arrested generals” the website does not give an example of even one. That is because they are fictitious and exist as a figment of Himbara’s imagination.

Several other blogs on CMI payroll also ran with the same story, making such sweeping allegations like “disgruntlement” in the RDF top brass – again with no shred of evidence. What the Kampala blogs would be doing other than smear Rwanda would be to analyze the disgruntlement the so-called “Bush War Generals” have created in the Ugandan military – for the past 34 years no less!

There is just so much discontent because of the old looters who just won’t go away, especially the Hima clique!, many have complained.

Other outlets like Chimpreports – an organ directly under the control of Col. CK Asiimwe, the CMI director of anti terrorism – jumped on the changes made by President Kagame pushing the long debunked narrative of “RDF having deployed forces in DR Congo and maintaining presence there”.

Read: Ugandan First Son tweets; fake anti-Rwanda articles follow. What are the reasons?

Chimpreports, in total disregard of the facts continues to push the propaganda of “Rwandan forces” in DRC. “It is really strange, reading about this obsession of the Museveni regime’s with where the Rwandan military supposedly is,” said a Kigali resident. “Even more strange is how DR Congo says nothing, but the loudest alarms come from Uganda!”

One can be sure the recent routing of terror groups in DR Congo, such as RNC and FDLR – the two proxy groups of Museveni’s in his long term plot to destabilize Rwanda.

The RNC lost over 200 of its fighters in DRC mid this year and several others were captured. FDLR was routed too, and its commander Mudacumura killed. Kinshasa does not want terror groups on its territory any longer, but Chimpreports, Commandpost and all the others are taking their frustration out on Rwanda.

They will pounce on each development in Rwanda, and lie their heads off.

On innocent Rwandan nationals, Kampala regime becomes even more lawless

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By Patience Kirabo

The Museveni regime’s continued backing of RNC has meant more suffering for more innocent Rwandans. Uganda’s Minister of State for Regional Cooperation Philemon Mateke (right) is one of the main actors.

Twelve Rwandans – among the many that were illegally incarcerated and detained in Uganda by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) were yesterday sent to 18 months’ imprisonment in what obviously was a kangaroo court procedure.

Present in Kisoro in what obviously was a premeditated plan to unjustly lock up the Rwandan nationals was Uganda’s Minister of State for Regional Cooperation, Philemon Mateke. Old man Mateke is the coordinator of the anti-Rwanda activities of (Kayumba Nyamwasa’s) RNC, as well as FDLR in Uganda.

The 12 Rwandans that suffered the travesty of the kangaroo court procedure in Kisoro are Pacifique Munyaneza, Vedaste Murasanyi, Estien Niyongabo, Felicien Nsengimana, Jean De Dieu Habumugisha, Emmanuel Dusabimana, John Nsengimana, Bosco Nshimiye, Corniel Ntezimana, Joshua Iradukunda, Stephen Harindimana, and Eric Twinomujuni.

Read: Why won’t Uganda release Rutagungira and all other Rwandans in illegal detention?

They were among the 35 Rwandans that recently were moved from CMI’s torture dungeons – in what was widely reported as the agency bowing to pressure and releasing innocent Rwandans from its custody – to different Ugandan police stations.

They were handed over to the Kisoro Magistrate Court this Wednesday, 30 October.

Then, at the time of their supposed sentencing, something very strange happened.

According to family members of the Rwandans who had gone to see them at Kisoro, thinking they would be released, Mateke came and entered the court premises. He then proceeded to engage the magistrate and the state attorney, right there in the court, “for a long time.”

What was a minister doing in a trial of these innocent Rwandans who had never interacted with Mateke?

Read: When Rwandan nationals were rounded up in Kisoro – the story of Tuyiringire

Something very strange clearly was at play, analysts observed.

The detainees and their family members found out a little time later the shock Mateke had prepared for them. The magistrate pronounced that all the twelve were to be locked up on allegations of “illegal entry” and “illegal stay” in Uganda!

“This man Mateke is the most evil person!” exclaimed an eyewitness. “These people already had endured a lengthy illegal detention by CMI, suffering torture, and now the so-called judge in Kisoro has decided to lock up these innocents for another 18 months!”

They all had been held incommunicado in the dungeons of CMI, some for more than two years and never received a court trial. They asserted the charges of “illegal entry” or “illegal entry” were bogus.

Read: Rutagungira, other Rwandans in Ugandan detention aren’t only prisoners; they are hostages as well

The fate they suffered was one shared by hundreds of innocent Rwandans that, as a result of Museveni’s anti-Rwanda hostility in backing groups bent on violently destabilizing Rwanda, have been abducted, illegally jailed, held in unknown locations and with no diplomatic services, and most tortured.

Lawyers of more than a hundred such arbitrarily detained Rwandans recently announced – at the time the 35 Rwandans were released – that the few of their clients that have had the fortune to be released have shown many signs of severe physical abuse and torture.

Eron Kiiza and Anthony Odur of Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates have again and again expressed amazement that Ugandan military authorities can so cavalierly disregard all laws and norms in detaining people and never allow them a proper court trial. “Actually some of our clients have been taken to military court – in contravention of even the Uganda Constitutional Court which ruled that military tribunals have no competence to try civilians!” said Kiiza.

When CMI released the 35 Rwandan nationals – a week ago on 25 October – people thought this was a sign of some hope for all illegally arrested of abducted Rwandans currently languishing in various places of detention and incarceration in Uganda.

Read: The ordeals of Rwandans illegally incarcerated in Uganda go on with no end in sight

That hope has been dashed by Mateke in Kisoro. The twelve people had pleaded they were innocent of the charges against them, saying in fact their entry visas into Uganda had long expired when they were in CMI detention. But even according to EAC Common Market Laws on freedom of movement of people and labor, “how could the question of illegal entry or illegal stay ever arise, given that Rwanda is a member state of the East African Community?”

Attorneys have been pointing out these things, to no avail.

Relatives of the 12 Rwandans in Kisoro, who had managed to track down where they had been taken, believe the harsh sentence meted out to these Rwandans was a result of Mateke’s animosity to Rwanda. It has been exposed many times. Last year in December when Congolese officials at Bunagana arrested senior FDLR officials LaForge Fils Bazeye and Theophile Abega, the two revealed they were coming from Kampala to attend a meeting organized by Mateke.

Mateke, at the instructions of Museveni, had convened the meeting at the Kampala Serena that brought the FDLR officials together with those of RNC, “to better coordinate the workings of the two groups.”

Now it appears the same person is in charge of ordering and overseeing persecution of innocent Rwandans, further exacerbating their suffering.

“How lawless can Uganda get under Museveni?” wrote a twitter commentator.

Why won’t Uganda release Rutagungira and all other Rwandans in illegal detention?

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By Alex Muhumuza

Rene Rutagungira (Circled).

When Ugandan Military Intelligence, CMI, recently released 35 Rwandan nationals – sending them to different police stations all over Uganda according to reports – it put to rest once and for all any doubts that the organ has Rwandans illegally in its custody.

However the families of those not released must be dismayed; very anxiously asking why it is their particular family members that CMI decided to retain in their appalling custody.

Eron Kiiza and Tony Odur, the lawyers of over a hundred Rwandans unlawfully detained by Ugandan security organs, specifically named Rene Rutagungira, Iyakaremye Claude, Emmanuel Rwamucyo and Augustin Rutayisire as people whose rights have been even more egregiously abused than most.

Read: Rutagungira, other Rwandans in Ugandan detention aren’t only prisoners; they are hostages as well

Rutagungira, a Rwandan businessman in Kampala was abducted by CMI in August 2017 during an evening out with friends.

They brought charges against him that kept changing: “espionage”, “running a spy ring”, “abduction of Rwandan refugees.” They dumped him in Makindye Military detention and tortured him. Five months later when they “produced him in court”, it was before the military tribunal.

The man is a civilian, why were they detaining him in a military barracks and “trying” him in a military court.” His attorneys of the firm Kiiza and Mugisha Advocates have been challenging these acts. “The law is clear; a court martial has no competence to try a civilian, and he should never be in military detention to begin with!”

In addition to this extra-legal behavior by Ugandan Military authorities, they couldn’t produce a single piece of evidence to back their accusations against Rutagungira. They showed nothing even in the General Court Martial at Makindye when they took him there – looking so emaciated and unhealthy that there wasn’t a single doubt he had been subjected to severe torture.

Read: When Rwandan nationals were rounded up in Kisoro – the story of Tuyiringire

Something similar happened to Rwamucyo and Rutayisire. The two were abducted in Mbarara in May last year by a local security official – one Mukama Moses Kandiho who happens to be a younger brother to CMI Chief Brig. Gen. Abel Kandiho – together with Maj. Fred Mushambo the UPDF 2nd Division Counterintelligence Officer.

Family members of Rwamucyo say (Moses) Kandiho and Maj. Mushambo, after putting Rwamucyo and Rutayisire under arrest, they proceeded to rob Rwamucyo of Ushs 140 million, which he was about to deposit in a Mbarara bank branch. Mushambo and Kandiho first charged the two Rwandans of “attempted robbery”, as they drove them to Mbarara Military Barracks.

The two were severely tortured, before they were transferred to CMI Headquarters, Mbuya, then to Makindye. By then the charge against them had changed to “illegal weapons possession.” These and others were accusations they’ve never backed with evidence though the two men still languish in prison. Iyakaremye is nowhere to be seen.

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The question on their lawyers’ minds now is: what is the reason CMI or the other security agencies won’t release these people – even when the Constitutional Court of Uganda itself is clear they should not be anywhere near detention?

The game must be one of keeping them hostage, at the whims of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, a terrorist group that is the main proxy of Museveni’s in his plans (or dreams) of destabilizing Rwanda, observers comment.

CMI and other Ugandan intelligence organs have been abducting Rwandan nationals travelling to, or already resident in Uganda. Rwanda has said this many times. The Rwandan High Commission in Kampala has raised concerns for its country’s abducted citizens time and again, with notes verbale, which Ugandan authorities invariably ignored.

Kigali stressed that each and every Rwandan abducted, illegally jailed, held incommunicado in unknown locations, and tortured had committed no offense. It has long come to light they only are victims of the Museveni government’s policy of hostility against Rwanda and her peoples after the Ugandan ruler got into bed with Kayumba Nyamwasa and his RNC.

RNC agents, working together with Ugandan security operatives have been deciding, or pointing at which Rwandans to abduct; to be hauled away to the torture dungeons of CMI headquarters at Mbuya, or ISO, and in so-called safe houses that only are extended places of torture.

Read: Why releasing detainees and opening the border won’t resolve the Uganda-Rwanda crisis

Hundreds of Rwandans are in Ugandan prisons or torture dungeons and “safe houses” on concocted charges. Much of the time, especially for those accosted in buses in border areas like Kabale and Kisoro, the charge would be “illegal entry”. Another very common one has been “espionage”, followed by “illegal weapons possession.”

The biggest indication that all these people are guilty of no offense is that not a single one of them is ever afforded a court trial.

They suffer all kinds of torture – as readers of this website may have noticed, the most extreme being the ADEPR pastor whose manhood CMI torturers almost severed off – but never get to stand before a court so their side of the story is heard.

According to several testimonies to the media by those that have been lucky to leave CMI or ISO’s dungeons alive, much of the time the torturers spoke fluent Kinyarwanda. One Damascene who talked to Kigali media earlier this year – after making it alive out of a CMI safe house – was convinced his torturers had been RNC agents.

“They displayed keen interest in issues like: ‘how did Rwandan soldiers or policemen in Kigali look like? Did they appear happy? Well dressed? Well fed? Were they content with their pay; their circumstance?’” said Damascene.

Others that had suffered the same physical abuse in CMI custody added one of the reasons especially young Rwandans were abducted was to torture them into agreeing to join RNC as its recruits, to be transported to its training camps in eastern Congo.

The lawyers of the Rwandans continue to fight for the release of their clients.

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