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Fake News: Sezibera Dismisses Uganda Claims On Crossborder Shooting

Rwanda is expected to formally respond to accusations by Ugandan Police that Rwandan security personnel crossed the border and shot dead two people on Ugandan territory.

Uganda Police said Saturday, through a formal presser, that it was investigating a cross boarder shooting of two male adults that included a Ugandan and Rwandan national, by Rwandan security.

Minister Richard Sezibera Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister has referred to these claims as untrue.

He was responding to a tweet by The EastAfrican newspaper carrying a headline – “Uganda says Rwandan troops crossed border, killed two men”.

“Fake news: no such thing happened. Detailed response in a few!!,” Dr. Sezibera said.

However, Uganda Police has published a detailed statement signed on Saturday by Cp Fred Enanga the Press and Public Relations Officer (pictured above).

According to the Uganda Police account of the incidence, it allegedly happened on Friday May 14, at about 8PM at Hamisavu, trading center, Kiruhura village, Kasekye Parish, Kamwezi Sub County, in Rukiga District.

“The Rwandan citizen, identified as Nyengye Peter, now deceased, was a businessman, who attempted to cross into Rwanda, on a motorcycle, loaded with his merchandise, but turned back upon noticing security presence across the border,” reads part of the statement.

In other details, the statement says Nyengye was however, chased and intercepted by two armed Rwandan soldiers, a distance of about 80 meters, into Ugandan territory, at Hamisavu trading center.

“The victim resisted attempts to arrest him, and was shot to the head and killed instantly. The armed soldiers, in addition, shot dead a Ugandan identified as Nyesiga Alex, who was trying to intervene,” the statement adds.

The statement further says these armed soldiers immediately withdrew, after failed attempts to remove the body of the Rwandan victim. The two bodies were transferred to Kamwezi Health Center IV for further post-mortem.

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