By Grant Ahumuza
Panic has accumulated among residents of Ndorwa West in Kabale District after three of their colleagues were arrested in Rwanda.
Gordon Tugumisirize son of Bazunanurwa ,Zabulon Komunda son of Mbonabukya and Ms Simpi Beauty all from Bwaya village, Bulamba Parish, Rubaya Sub county Kabale district wereÂ arrested by Rwanda security officials on JanuaryÂ 13 on Monday at around 11:00am.
It is said that the affected people crossed to Rwanda through one of the porous border points in Rubaya Sub-county to sale off their sorghum.
Relative to one of the affected people who preferred anonymity said that these people had taken sorghum to Kivuye market on Thursday after they had learnt that Rwanda and Uganda border is open.
They are currently arrested and detained at Kivuye Police Station in Rwanda.
Rubaya Sub-county chairperson Canon Enock Kazooba said that the arrest of the three Ugandans in Rwanda has increased fear among locals.
He however appealed to Ugandans to avoid crossing porous borders until the presidents of two countries open the boarder.
Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda in February to purportedly expedite the construction of the Single Customs Border post at Gatuna.
Truck drivers on the route were then advised to use the Kagitumba border via Mirama Hills.
But Rwandan President Paul Kagame later accused Uganda of abducting Rwanda nationals and locking them up in gazetted areas and advised its citizens against travelling to Uganda on safety grounds.
On November 3, 2019, two Ugandans; John Bosco Tuhirirwe and Job Ebyarishaga, both from Rukiga district were shot dead by Rwandan security forces at Tabarwe Sector in Nyagatare District, about 200 meters from the Ugandan border on allegations of smuggling tobacco.
Earlier, Mr Pierre Havugimana, a resident of Kabaya in Gishara Parish in northern Rwanda was shot on the left shoulder by Rwandan security officials for allegedly smuggling 50 kilogrammes of Irish potatoes from Katuna.
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