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Another Rwandan abducted and illegally detained in Mbarara Makenke Barracks

By Patience Kirabo

Abel Kandiho, head of Uganda’s intelligence and overall instructor in the harassment and torture of innocent Rwandans at CMI.

Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), late last month, on October 29 arbitrarily arrested Moses Hakizimana in Ishaka, Bushenyi District, southwestern Uganda.

The Rwandan man, a former student of Kampala International University (KIU) at the Bushenyi Campus, had been living in Uganda since 2012, violating no laws. In the nine years of his stay in the neighboring country, he completed his studies, worked legally, and opened up his business: Zilla Garbon Bar in Bushenyi. Hakizimana also married and had two children once he was well established.

Until towards the end of the preceding month when the businessman was arbitrarily arrested by agents of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI). They abducted Hakizimana, strong-arm style, with no arrest warrant, and neither did they inform him what he was supposed to have done. Hakizimana’s only offense apparently is that he is a Rwandan national.

The CMI agents drove him, handcuffed and blindfolded, to Makenke Military Barracks, home to the Ugandan Military’s 2nd Division – which is run by CMI.

According to reliable sources, the CMI interrogators in Makenke have subjected him to draconian mistreatment that includes beatings; questioning him about “where he gets his money from.” Yet this is a man that has conducted his business openly and legally in Uganda for years, according to sources that know Hakizimana well.

Ugandan security authorities have been exploiting their regime’s hostile policy against Rwandans – mostly concocted accusations of “spying” – to rob their Rwandan victims of money and property. Usually after they have tortured and robbed them, they dump them at the borders.

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