Uganda on Tuesday issued a protest note to neighboring Rwanda over what it called continued killings by Rwandan security personnel along the shared border.
Ofwono Opondo, government spokesman, in a statement issued here said Uganda’s foreign affairs ministry issued the note to Maj. Gen. Frank Mugambage, Rwanda’s ambassador to Uganda.
In the note, according to Opondo, Uganda conveyed serious concern regarding an incident of murder of Ugandan nationals that occurred on Rwandan territory.
The note said on Nov. 10, two Ugandans were shot dead by Rwandan security personnel from Tabagwe, along the Kamwezi border. It said the deaths have been acknowledged Rwanda.
“The government of Uganda protests in the strongest terms the murder of its nationals by Rwandan security personnel for allegedly being involved in smuggling of goods across the common border. The alleged crime cannot justify the high handed and criminal act by the Rwandan security personnel, against unarmed civilians residing along the common border,” the note said.
The note added that concern has been raised regarding an incident on Nov. 4 in which a Rwandan national was shot and severely wounded on Rwandan territory, while returning from Uganda territory and was forced to flee back to Uganda.
Uganda said the murders are hostile to the ongoing efforts to improve relations between the two countries.
“The ministry demands that a joint investigation in the murders be conducted and the perpetrators held accountable,” the note added.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in August met in Angola to find a lasting solution to the differences between the two countries.
Uganda and Rwanda have since late February had a border hitch with Rwanda accusing Uganda of harboring its dissidents and also incarcerating its citizens who visit the country. Rwanda urged its citizens not to cross the border into Uganda. Uganda has denied all the accusations made by Rwanda. Enditem