Ugandan Government Petitions Rwanda Over Missing IT Expert.

By Soko Directory Team / Published February 1, 2020 | 9:58 am





Uganda has petitioned the Rwandan government over the missing Ugandan ICT expert who disappeared while in Rwanda in December and is believed to be in detention in the capital Kigali.

The petition to Kigali was filed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Uganda’s embassy in Kigali.

Ever since Rwanda closed her borders several people have been shot dead and many detained by the Rwandan army as they tried to sneak into and out of either country.

Rwanda accuses Uganda of supporting Rwandan rebels, arresting and harassment of Rwandan nationals and economic sabotage which has drastically put these two countries at conflicting terms.

Mr. Egessa, 32, a software engineer, disappeared mysteriously in the Rwandan capital Kigali in December. Sources reported that he was arrested by Rwandan security agencies and taken to an unknown location.

Through Mr. Okello Oryem, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Daily Monitor on Tuesday was informed that the ministry made a formal inquiry over Mr. Ivan Peter Egessa who has been missing since December 8, 2019.

Mr. Egessa is a resident of Buwuluhiro Village, Masaba Sub-county in Busia District, last communicated to his family on December 8, 2019, while in Rwanda but later communication was completely sabotaged leaving his family worried.

“My ministry has written to Rwanda’s foreign affairs ministry through our envoy to Rwanda, requesting them to help in identifying where our citizen, who is believed to have disappeared in their country, could be,” Mr. Oryem said.

According to Mr. Buluma the father, some immigration official in Kigali, whom he didn’t name, had made an anonymous call to Egessa’s former boss, asking him about his employee’s whereabouts, however, he expressed ignorance.

“We tried reaching out to his friends in Kigali but all in vain. We are now at a loss of words, kept in suspense of my son being detained at any facility alive or dead,” Mr. Buluma told Daily Monitor at his home in Busia on Wednesday.

He added it was ‘highly possible’ that his son was in the hands of Rwandan security forces “because his last phone contact went off near Rwanda Investigations Bureau on Kimihulula Avenue in Kigali.”

According to sources and family, Mr. Egessa has worked in Rwanda since2015 with organizations that include churches, private companies, and government agencies.

Mr. Emmanuel Musengeri, Mr. Egessa’s younger brother, and his mother Beatrice Namagembe appealed to the Ugandan government to help them trace Mr. Egessa.

“I last had a chat with him on December 5; as he complained of a sore throat and wished to return home for treatment but to-date, we don’t know what is happening,” Mr. Musengeri said.

“My son has no criminal record and is being incarcerated for no cause. We are a poor family and can’t do much. Our only prayer is that our government intervenes in this matter.” Beatrice Namagembe cries out.

As you read this, the victim has not been traced. However, the Ugandan government is doing whatever it takes to find its missing citizen.

By Erica Nsunjo




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