Two Ugandans have been shot dead by suspected Rwandan forces near the two countries’ border at Mpororo.
The incident according to the Kigezi region police spokesperson Elly Maate happened on Saturday night inside Rwanda, one kilometer away from the Mpororo border post.
“It’s alleged that on 9/11/2019 at around 20:00 hours at Tabagwe village in Nyagatare district in Rwanda two Ugandans were shot dead by Rwandese security forces on allegation that they were smuggling tobacco into Rwanda which is prohibited in the country,”Maate said in a statement.
The deceased have been identified as Ayub Byarushaga ,37, and John Bosco Tuhirwe,30, both residents of Nyakabungo cell, Kashekye Parish Kamwezi sub-county in Rukiga District.
The area police mouthpiece added that a case has been recorded at Mpororo police post as SD03/10/11/2019.
A number of both Ugandan and Rwandan nationals have in the past been shot dead by security agencies near the Rwandan border over alleged smuggling of goods into their territory.
In May, two people were shot dead on Ugandan soil by the Rwandan security forces over alleged smuggling of goods.
The relations between Uganda and Rwanda have in the past two years not been at their best with each of the two sister countries trading accusations against the other.
Whereas the Kigali establishment accuses Uganda of supporting forces bent on overthrowing their government and arresting their nationals, the Kampala government denies the claims and insists all those arrested were spies.
The frost relations climaxed early this year with the closure of the borders shared by the two countries but the same has hurt Rwanda most because most of the products they use were either coming from Uganda or were passing through Uganda.