Uganda accuses Rwandan military of violating territory, killing 2 civilians

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Uganda has accused Rwanda’s military of entering its territory and killing two civilians as relations between the neighbouring countries continue to deteriorate.

According to Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, two Rwandan soldiers crossed the border into Uganda on Friday, in pursuit of a suspected smuggler. It says the soldiers shot dead two unarmed civilians on Ugandan territory: one Rwandan and one Ugandan citizen.

‘Violation of territory’

In a statement released on Saturday, Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry accused Rwanda of killing two civilians on Ugandan territory and condemned the alleged act.

“Uganda protests in the strongest terms the violation of its territorial integrity by Rwandan soldiers and the criminal, brutal and violent act by the Rwandan soldiers, on Ugandan territory against unarmed civilians,” the ministry said in its statement.

“The ministry demands that action be taken against the perpetrators of this attack.”

Rwanda dismissed the accusations with Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera branding the reports as fake news.

“Fake news: no such thing happened,” he said on Twitter.

Uganda has since handed the body of the Rwandan civilian allegedly killed in the incident but the diplomatic fallout is yet to be resolved.

Relations between the two nations have been strained since February over a growing economic and political dispute. Rwanda started blocking Ugandan cargo trucks from entering the country at one of the busiest crossings between the two nations. Authorities in Rwanda have also prevented its civilians from entering Uganda, prompting Kampala to accuse Rwanda of effectively imposing a trade embargo upon its neighbour.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.