By Patience Kirabo
WatchdogUg, one of the websites known to be outlets for the misinformation by Ugandan intelligence against Rwanda this Sunday published an article that a Ugandan national was arrested in Rwanda. However, upon inquiry in Rwanda, it turned out that nothing like this had happened.
Watchdog alleged that one Edward Kabagambe, whom it claims had been arrested last Friday had crossed into Rwanda before the supposed arrest. Contrary to the claims that Kabagambe crossed to Rwanda through a porous border point and was arrested by the Rwandan security however, Rwandan authorities have said there was no such arrest.
The Kampala-based website is yet again stirring up a false moral equivalence that mirrors Uganda’s arbitrary arrests and illegal detentions of hundreds of innocent Rwandans, said a Rwandan border official that spoke confidentially.
For the past three years, reports have described how Ugandan security services have been harassing Rwandans with illegal arrests, and detaining hundreds incommunicado, with never a word to their consular representative, or their families.
“Rwanda has never done such things to one Ugandan, and stories like that of Watchdog only are meant to create false equivalences,” our source added.
Even a case of mistaken identity can lead to death at the hands of Ugandan security forces, it has been reported. One such case was of Ugandan Sebudirimba, a 40-year-old who was hacked to near-death by Ugandan security agents who mistook him to be a Rwandan national.
Kabagambe must have been a case of mistaken identity, falling victim to Uganda’s security agents’ hostility, some think.
In their article Watchdog alleges that the arrested individual’s “relatives have waited for his return but all in vain.”
“Instead of misleading the man’s family, Watchdog should urge the Ugandan Government to launch an investigation into the real causes of his disappearance,” our border source said.