Rwandan Pregnant Woman Dies in Uganda After She Was Pursued by Rwandan Security

Red Cross personnel prepare to move Elizabeth's body.

KYANIKA – Police at the Kyanika-Rwanda border with Uganda is investigating circumstances under which a Rwandese pregnant woman mysteriously died moments after Rwandan security was chasing after her.

According to the Police spokesperson for Kigezi Region, Elly Matte, the deceased has been identified as Mukarugwiza Elizabeth aged 37. She was a Rwandan national.

She was wife to a one Hakizimana Dan, a resident of Kinigi village, Nyamirima parish, Musanza county, Musanza district in Rwanda.
The death of Elizabeth occurred Wednesday today at around 10:30am at Rukoro village, Nyakabingo parish, Chah county Kisoro district.

“The deceased was pregnant and was being ran after by Rwandese Army/Police as she was crossing to Uganda with others coming to buy food stuffs through the porous border line,” a statement by the Kigezi Region police spokesperson reads in part.

“She fell on Ugandan land and died instantly”.

The body of the deceased is still at Kyanika police station pending postmortem.

Consultations are ongoing between the Resident District Commissioner of Kisoro and his district security team together with the Rwandan security team at Kyanika border on how to handover the body to the relatives.

In the wake of the recent diplomatic row between Uganda and Rwanda, some few weeks ago, the Rwandan government strongly cautioned its nationals against traveling to Uganda (including learners who cross the border to study in Uganda). The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Richard Sezibera cited reasons related to the illegal arrests and harassment of Rwandans in Uganda.

In days that followed, Rwandans traveling to Uganda were blocked at the border points. Nonetheless, Rwandans continued to covertly sneak into Uganda using local routes. Rwandan security would later deploy to prohibit such movements.

It is not yet confirmed if Wednesday’s alleged pursue of Elizabeth by Rwandan security was related to recent events.


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