Uganda to engage Rwanda over SFC soldier held in Rwanda. The Kabale Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Godfrey Nyakahuma has assured the family of Special Forces Command Solider Private Ronald Arinda currently held in Rwanda that they are engaging the government of Uganda to ensure that their son who was abducted by the Rwandan security is repatriated.
Last year on 27th November 2021, Rwandan authorities arrested Private Ronald Arinda, a Uganda People’s Défense Forces-UPDF soldier attached to the Special Forces Command (SFC) 23, a resident of Kakyerere in Ryakarimira town council Kabale district in Burera district in Northern Province, a few meters away from the Uganda-Rwanda border.
Arinda was arrested from Mukiyovu trading center on the Ugandan side by Rwandan security informers disguised as locals who live along the borderline who tricked him claiming that they had some cattle they wanted to sell him.
It was then during the course of the conversation that Rwandan operatives emerged and whisked Arinda to Rwanda.
Edward Bakeeha a father to Arinda who is also a deputy head teacher at Rusharo primary school in Kacerere ward, Ryakarimira town council told our reporter that after the incident, he called Canon Enock Kazoba the town mayor Ryakarimira town council who informed the Kabale RDC and after a few minutes the RDC sent security officers and visited the scene who also later interrogated him to get the information.
Bakeeha says that as parents the matter is beyond them appealing to His Excellence Y.K. Museveni the president of Uganda and his government to try all the best and help them to bring back Arinda because everything is in their hands as government.
Nduhukyire Eunice, a mother to Arinda says that fear has been mounting every other day for spending much time without taking a snap look at him. Nduhukyire in a humble appeal asked the government of Rwanda to have mercy on them and release their child.
Canon Enock Kazoba, the town mayor Ryakarimira Town Council expressed his concern that Rwandese enter in the country day and night freely to trade and work but it is quite absurd that our innocent Ugandans are being shot dead by Rwandan securities by the time they step one foot in their country.
Kazoba further thanked Hon. David Bahati the Minister of state for trade industry and cooperatives for helping them after being informed, according to Kazoba, Bahati made a call to the Rwanda embassy and to all heads of security officers in both countries to re solve the issue.
He has informed family members that Minister Bahati is with them in every condition.
Speaking to the family of Mr. Edward Bakeeha and Mrs. Nduhukyire Eunice, parents of Arinda Ronald at their home in Kacerere ward, Ryakarimira town council Kabale district, Godfrey Nyakahuma the resident District Commissioner Kabale has assured them that their son is there still a live and the government of Uganda is negotiating with Rwanda and their son will be repatriated.
Nyakahuma has appealed to people that president Museveni is trying to bring peace, unity in the east African community. In his message read for him by Kabale DRC, Hon. David Bahati the Minister of state for trade industry and cooperatives who doubles as the area MP. Ndorwa West County has donated a grant relief of 500,000ugx to the family.