Fresh details emerging regarding the shooting of two Ugandans by Rwanda’s security on Sunday morning at the Uganda – Rwanda border indicate that the intention of shooting was to kill.
The incident which occurred at Tabagwe village (Rwanda side) which borders with Kamwezi in Uganda saw Byarushanga Job and Tuhirirwe Bosco (both Ugandans) lose their lives.
Authorities in Rwanda have since come out to say that the duo were suspected of ‘smuggling’ tobacco and were intercepted by Rwanda’s Police after crossing inside Rwandan territory and an ungazetted border point with Uganda.
They said: “The smugglers became violent and assaulted police officers who reacted in self defense shooting dead two while the rest escaped.”
On Tuesday, the two bodies were handed over to Ugandan authorities by the Mayor of Nyagatare district, Mushabe Claudian and RPC Eastern province, ACP Emmanuel Hatari.
The Ugandan team was led by the RDC Rukiga district, Muhindo Pulikeria, the RPC Kigezi, SSP Serunjogi Eddie, RISO, Maj Mugarura Jorom, DPC of Rukiga, ASP Okumu Julius and the District Vice Chairman, Muganizi Jackson, among others.
But, Kigezi region police spokesperson, Elly Matte says that on re-examination by Ugandan authorities, it has been established that the shooting was intended to kill.
“On receipt of the bodies and on re-examining them by the Regional police surgeon, Ebyarishanga Job had been shot in the chest and head and Tuhirwe John Bosco in the chest and ribs,” reads Matte’s statement in parts.
“Both (shootings) were done at short range meant to kill in execution style by a gun most likely a pistol,” adds Matte.
Many commentators have scoffed at the explanation by Rwandan authorities pointing to the cause of killing as being the deceased persons becoming “violent and assaulted police officers.”
They wonder how unarmed individuals would resort to be violent and assault armed security personnel.