Uganda airlifts envoys to witness handover of dead Rwandan

At about 1pm on Monday, a military helicopter with six foreign envoys landed in Kabale town in Southwestern Uganda to witness as Ugandan authorities handover a body of a Rwandan national who was gunned down by Rwandan soldiers inside the Ugandan territory.

John Batista Kyerengye, a Rwandan citizen  was shot dead on Friday night by Rwandan soldiers who were on a border patrol.

The 25-year-old was a resident of Nkoba cell, Ntarabwe Parish, Burasirazooba sub-county, Nyagatare district, Rwanda.

He is reported to have attempted to cross into Rwanda on a motorcycle loaded with his merchandise but turned back upon seeing security presence across the border.

Uganda Police said in a statement on Saturday that Kyerengye was chased and intercepted by two armed Rwandan soldiers, a distance of about 80 metres inside Ugandan territory at Hamisavu trading centre, Rukiga district.

They also killed a Ugandan national, Alex Nyesiga.

While Rwanda tried to downplay Uganda’s claims, the Ugandan government responded by inviting foreign diplomats, specifically those from countries that sit on the United Nations Security Council to witness the handover of Kyerengye’s body to Rwandan authorities at the Katuna border post.

This was after Uganda protested what it termed as the “violation of its territorial integrity by Rwandan soldiers and the criminal, brutal and violent act by Rwandan soldiers, on Ugandan territory, against unarmed civilians.”

In Kabale to witness the handover of the body is Michael Cygry from the US embassy, Simon Tucher, the first secretary at the British High Commission,  Clement Noutel, the first consular at the French and Edward Talyzin from the Russian embassy.

Others are the Burundian ambassador John Bosco Barege and his Tanzanian counterpart  Dr Aziz P. Mlima.