Police in Rukiga District in Western Uganda are investigating a case in which two people were on Friday shot dead by a Rwandan soldier on anti-smuggling mission.
The Kigezi regional police commander, Mr Richard Ecega identified the deceased as John Batista Kyerengye, a resident of Nkoma cell, Ntabarwe parish in the Rwandan district of Nyakatere and Alex Nyesiga, 32 and resident of Nyakabungo cell, Kyabuhangwa parish in Kamwezi Sub County, Rukiga District.
Mr Ecega said he had already sent for the police surgeon to do post-mortem before the bodies are handed over to the relatives for burial.
The LCIII chairman for Kamwezi Sub County, Mr Tedson Niwagaba told Daily Monitor that the shooting happened on Friday at about 8pm at Habusavu trading centre located about 50 meters away from the Uganda-Rwanda international boundary.
“The Rwandan soldier crossed the border line pursuing a suspected smuggler carrying a bale of second-hand clothes from Uganda on a motorcycle. The suspected smuggler crossed back to Uganda and parked the motorcycle on the Ugandan side and disappeared. The soldier who was pursuing him tried to impound the suspected motorcycle but was intercepted by residents gathered in attempt to stop him,” Mr Niwagaba who also heads the Sub County security committee.
Mr Niwagaba added that: “He shot at them as he ran back to Rwanda. The Rwandan national died on spot because he was shot in the head while the Ugandan died on the way to Kamwezi Health Centre IV because of over bleeding. He was shot in the thigh.”
He said their bodies were taken to Kamwezi Health Centre IV for autopsy.
Grusesome pictures of the victims have been circulating on WhatsApp and other social media platforms since last night.
On May 2, a 41-year-old Rwandan businessman, Mr Innocent Ndahimana, was shot and injured on the right arm by a Rwandan security official as he tried to smuggle about 500Kgs of beans into Uganda through an gazette border point in Rushaki village in Rubaya Sub County in the western Uganda district of Kabale.
He was saved by his colleagues who rushed him to Katuna Community Medical Clinic for treatment.
In February this year, Rwanda closed all its common border posts with Uganda including; Katuna, Kagitumba, Mirama Hills and Cyanika accusing Uganda of harbouring Rwandan dissidents