Uganda Police Accused of Abducting President Paul Kagame’s Former Bodyguard
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Uganda Police Accused of Abducting President Paul Kagame’s Former Bodyguard
Kampala-The Ugandan police force is on the spot, over alleged abduction and disappearance of Rwandan refugees.

The Ugandan police force is accused of aiding, Rwandan security officials, to abduct Rwandese nationals, who have taken asylum in Uganda.

Several refugees and students, who are of Rwandese origin, have over the past months been targeted by Rwandan security officials from inside Uganda.

The latest incident involved Joel Mutabazi, a former bodyguard, of President Paul Kagame who went missing on the 14th of this month from a hotel, where he was living in the capital Kampala.

Joel Mutabazi is a registered refugee in Uganda refugee in Uganda.

The refugees who have been targeted are those who are critical to the government of President Paul Kagame.

But the Ugandan police have dismissed reports of being complicit in the disappearance of Rwandan refugees.

Patrick Onyango the Deputy Spokesperson of the Uganda Police Force, told the Continental Observer that the government of Rwandan, had on the 14th of this month, sent a formal request for the arrest and extradition of Lt. Joel Mutabazi, formerly a member of the Rwandan Military.

“The request was sent by Interpol Kigali, to Interpol Kampala indicating that Lt. Mutabazi is a Rwandan national, who is wanted by Rwanda National Police for the offence of armed robbery. The offence the army officer is accused of allegedly occurred at 10.00pm on September 20th, 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda”. Officer Onyango explains.

According to Onyango, Lt. Mutabazi and others, while armed with three submachine guns, allegedly attacked Banque de Kigali, Remera Branch and stole ten million Rwanda francs.

He explains that the based on the request, the Uganda Police Force located the suspected fugitive at UNIK Hotel in Kyaliwajjala, a Kampala suburb and arrested him.

Officer Onyango said police made inquiries and discovered that the suspect had acquired refugee status and subsequently released him.

The Ugandan police however say they are not aware of the whereabouts of Innocent Kalisa another Rwandan refugee who was abducted last month by suspected security officials from Rwanda.

Rwandan refugees in Uganda are living in fear of being abducted and taken back to Kigali.
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