By Jackson Mutabazi
Newer facts are coming up that have shed more light on the story of the Rwandan whose death the Daily Monitor newspaper exploited to smear the Rwandan government with allegations that it was refusing entry even for its deceased nationals.
The facts this website has further established, following our earlier article on the subject, are that the Rwandan man, Dusengimana Theogene was a legal resident of Kabarore District in Uganda. The Monitor did not even bother to find out his identity.
In the article it published last Sunday, the paper only said that Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, “was stuck with the body of an unidentified Rwandan national”.
Our investigation revealed Dusengimana’s fate is consistent with what happens to Rwandan citizens in Uganda when operatives of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI, working together with agents of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s RNC, identify and approach one to recruit him or her into RNC.
Recruitment for RNC rebels is a multi-pronged effort which the Museveni regime, through its intelligence agencies, fully facilitates.
Many methods are employed. The first is persuasion, through deceit and enticements, with promises of jobs, and it mostly works on youths in refugee camps in western Uganda.
The next recruitment strategy is abductions; illegal detentions, and torture of Rwandan nationals, on never-proven accusations of “spying for Rwanda”. News consumers will have read of Rwandans such as Roger Donne Kayibanda (abducted on 10 January 2019 in Kampala by CMI operatives), Moses Ishimwe Rutare (abducted around the same date as Kayibanda), Darius Kayobera, his wife Claudine and their employee Mucyo (abducted on 28 January 2019). These only are a few of those kidnapped and taken to CMI’s dungeons in January alone.
CMI agents normally first rob such victims of money or property like phones, bankcards and the like. Survivors of CMI, some of whom we have interviewed for articles, describe hair-raising torture in the organization’s Mbuya headquarters, or its various “safe houses”. It is torture that breaks some of the Rwandans, who agree to join RNC, just to save themselves from further agony.
The third strategy is intimidation and threats. It involves identifying likely Rwandans to be recruited as fighters (who are transported to training camps in eastern DRC), or as contributors of funds and material to RNC. Those Rwandans in Uganda that refuse to be recruited are threatened with violence or death. Some are killed, unless they escape and disappear. Others are waylaid by intelligence operatives, who then shove guns into their hands, and accuse them of illegal weapons possession.
As we dug deeper into the facts, we discovered that Kabarore is another hunting ground for RNC recruitment. It has a good number of Kinyarwanda-speaking communities.
Dusengimana did not die of natural causes. He was murdered on 7th this month. His neighbors and friends in Kabarore who discovered his body said they saw bruises on his stomach and neck.
But Ugandan authorities through the media preferred to put out a false report that, “a Rwandan was dead but Rwandan security officials declined the vehicle carrying the body from crossing into Rwanda!”
That is what Daily Monitor wrote, adding that Rwandan officials said they couldn’t allow the deceased’s body “to be crossed into Rwanda without documents”. It further alleges that a group of other Rwandan nationals who were transporting the body “tried to use a porous border in Mukaranje to cross to Rwanda”, but that they too were “intercepted by the army and ordered to return to Uganda”.
The alert reader will realize the propaganda purpose of these claims, which is that “Rwanda has closed its borders”. But the borders are wide open. “How can The Monitor dare publish such a lie, really!” exclaimed a Rwandan in Kigali upon reading the story.
“People of all nationalities come and go into Rwanda as they please”, commented a border official at Gatuna. “The suggestion that Rwanda can refuse its own people entry, especially those bringing back their dead is beyond nonsensical.”
What happened, according to reliable sources, is that it was soldiers of UPDF; the Ugandan military, who refused the bereaved family from crossing with their dead, loved one.
Curiously for a paper that likes to pretend it practices professional ethics, it made no effort to verify its facts, by talking to a single Rwandan official to find out what they know of that incident and what they had to say about it.
The article omits many more facts such as that when a person dies in mysterious circumstances, police conducts a preliminary investigation in the possible cause of death. Then the body is sent to hospital for a postmortem and death certificate. Why the Ugandan authorities didn’t do this, preferring instead to put out slanders about Rwanda, only they know.
The next step, after police and medical procedures, is to inform the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the deceased’s country. When it is people around border communities, local authorities are informed. Medical documents, including death certificate have to be provided to accompany the body for repatriation.
According to our information, Ugandan authorities deliberately refused to do any of this. According to some, this further confirms the suspicion that the authorities know that “people to be feared” murdered the Rwandan. “Most likely it was the RNC recruiters”, some of Dusengimana’s friends whispered.
The Ugandan authorities did not even inform the deceased’s family members of his death. They only learnt of it through his friends. Rwandan authorities learnt of it only informally. They immediately started work to facilitate the family to repatriate the body for burial.
But since Ugandan authorities deliberately declined to provide paperwork for the body, an already difficult problem was to become far worse.
We learnt that the people transporting the body were intercepted at Katuna and denied exit by members of the UPDF, on the grounds that the deceased’s family had no papers for the deceased. But Rwandan authorities and Dusengimana’s people worked tirelessly to secure passage for the body.
By the time of writing this article, we had learnt that after a long, tough effort, Dusengimana’s family managed to finally repatriate him.
He was laid to rest today, 16 April 2019, in dignity at his place of birth in Bungwe Sector, Burera District.
Dusengimana’s murder in Ugandan underscores the significance of the decision by the Rwandan government to advice it’s citizens against crossing into that country because once they are there it can’t assure their security.
It would be serious carelessness not to heed such advice now that the authorities in Uganda have shifted from deporting tortured and lifeless souls to dead bodies.