Rwandan trader shot while crossing into Uganda

Rwandan trader shot while crossing into Uganda
Mr Innocent Ndahimana said that Rwandan security operatives warned him against crossing into Uganda but the fact that beans in Uganda fetch better prices, he defied before he was shot

A 41-year-old Rwandan national is nursing injuries at Katuna Community Medical Clinic in Katuna town council, Kabale district after he was reportedly shot by Rwandan soldiers while crossing to Uganda.

Innocent Ndahimana, a trader and resident of Nyakabungo Village in Chumbe, Gicumbi District Northern Province in Rwanda was shot on Thursday afternoon at 2 pm.

Ndahimana says that he was crossing with his 11 workers all Rwandan nationals while carrying beans from Rwanda to Uganda when they were intercepted by Rwandan soldiers dressed in civilian clothes while on a border patrol.

Ndahimana says that as they were crossing the stream, two armed soldiers emerged from the no man’s land of the Rwandan side while two others emerged from the Ugandan side and ordered them to stop and explain why they are crossing to Uganda.

He says that in the process, one of the soldiers shot him on the right arm. Ndahimana says that after being shot, most of his workers crossed back to Rwanda while others fled to the Ugandan side.

He also says that out of 500 kilograms of beans they were carrying he managed to save 90 kilograms. He says that soldiers impounded other kilograms and took them back to Rwanda.

Our reporter reached at Katuna Community Medical Clinic and found three soldiers attached to ISO at Katuna border protecting Ndahimana.

Richard Turyatemba, a health worker at Katuna Community Medical Clinic says that Ndahimana is steadily improving although the wound is still deep.

Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda on February 27, 2019, to purportedly expedite the construction of single custom at Gatuna border. Rwanda advised truck drivers destined from Kigali to use Kagitumba border via Mirama Hills.

However, Rwandan officials including President Paul Kagame later accused Ugandan authorities of abducting its citizens and locking them up in ungazetted areas.

Rwanda also accused Uganda of hosting and facilitating dissidents especially Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which have declared war on the Kigali government.