May 28, 2022

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‘Arrest’ of Ugandagovtofficial linked to Uganda-Rwanda relations

The whereabouts of a Ugandan government official remain unknown two days after he was arrested by security personnel over matters related to relations with Rwanda, according to sources.

ObedKatureebe, a public affairs officer at the Uganda Media Center (UMC), a government office that coordinates the flow of information between ministries and other government agencies, was arrested by Ugandan security forces at his home in Kyanja , a greater Kampala suburb, on Monday.

His family has not been able to contact him since.

Without giving details, UMC chief OfwonoOpondoon tweeted on Tuesday: “Obedis is under security protection over alleged threats against him, details of which are yet to be released. I have been assured that he is safe and will not be arrested.”

Mr Katureebe has been on the radar of the Rwandan government, which has accused him along with other elements in Uganda of having engaged in hateful media propaganda criticizing the Paul Kagame government.

Relations between Uganda and Rwanda deteriorated in 2017 when Kigali accused its neighbor of targeting hostile groups to house and torture innocent Rwandans on its soil.

Katureebe’s detention could be a sign of progress in relations between the two countries, which have been falling since the beginning of this year Involvement of Uganda’s First Son and Commander of Land Forces on the mend Lt. Gen. MuhooziKainerugaba made two trips to Kigali.

GenMuhoozi’s efforts have been far-reaching d, which led to President Paul Kagame visiting Kampala last month – for the first time in four years – to attend Muhoozi’s acclaimed birthday celebration o On April 24.

Muhoozi’s streaks have also led to the removal of key officers from the Uganda People’s Defense Forces, who Rwanda said were behind the torture of its citizens, the reopening of the Gatuna border post and the release of Rwandan nationals, but full relations are not yet normalized, as Kigali says, some issues remain unresolved.

Also, despite the border reopening in February, free movement of people and goods is still restricted and only limited trucks are allowed to cross the border cross.