Maj. Gen. Frank Mugambage, the Rwandan Ambassador in Uganda has reacted angrily to suggestions that there is a hit squad targeting Rwandan asylum seekers. Several Rwandan refugees have either been shot or gone missing from Kampala under mysterious circumstances. Last year, Charles Ingabire, an editor of an online magazine and Sergeant Dominic Sabagasani, both Rwandan refugees were shot dead in Kampala by unknown assailants. Joel Mutabazi, another Rwandan refugee survived an attempt on his life when unidentified gunmen shot at him.
On March 26, this year Emmy Ntabana another Rwandan asylum seeker was kidnapped from Namungoona and taken to unidentified location. The latest victim of the suspected Rwandan hit squad is Francois Tuyihimbaze Rucogoza, the former Chief Negotiator of M23 rebels who was allegedly kidnapped by Rwandan operatives and taken to Kigali. No suspects have been arrested in connection to all the attacks on Rwandan asylum seekers.Last week 16 Rwandan students who fled into Uganda refused to leave Old Kampala Police station after they were allegedly intimidated by John Ngarambe, the first secretary at the Rwanda High Commission.
The students feared they would forcefully be returned to Rwanda against their will. The Rwandan asylum seekers blame their woes on the Rwandan Embassy led by Maj. Gen. Frank Mugambage, which they accuse of hosting a hit squad targeting those suspected to be opposed to the Kigali regime. On Tuesday during a press conference our reporter drew a furious reaction from Maj. Gen. Frank Mugambage when he asked him to comment on the existence of a hit squad targeting refugees. Mugambage lost his cool and stood to stress that he was the Ambassador of Rwanda accredited to Uganda with full diplomatic immunity
Mugambage, who had earlier on promised to speak freely on issues related to Rwanda declined to respond to claim that the embassy was operating a hit squad. He accused our reporter of having issues with his appointment and asked him to take it elsewhere. Mugambe had called a press conference to deny claims by 16 Rwandan students against government for allegedly attempting to conscript them in M23 rebel ranks.
The ambassador dismissed the claims by students as funny adding that, Asylum seeker tell all sort of lies to gain refugee status. He said they are working with the Ugandan government to see that the students are returned back home to resume their studies. The students have since been taken to a camp in West Nile region.