The Government of Uganda on Saturday, deported a leading opposition figure Robert Mukombozi – member of the now proscribed Rwandan National Congress (RNC).
Mukombozi, who is a leading member in the RNC was deported due to the country’s vow to crack down on what have been considered “a terrorist outfit”. It also comes as a further sign of warming ties between Kampala and Kigali after years of tensions.
The RNC, founded in 2010 by former Rwandan army chief Kayumba Nyamwasa and ex-spy boss Patrick Karegeya, has been severally accused of “illegal and criminal” activities, and for trying to create war between Rwanda and Uganda.
Hence Kainerugaba, the son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, pledged to take extreme measures to halt activities of the group.
Founded in 2010, the RNC was spearheaded by former Rwandan army chief Kayumba Nyamwasa and ex-spy boss Patrick Karegeya who both went into exile in South Africa and became fierce Kagame critics.
“Gen Kayumba, I have warned you enough. You are playing with my country and the results will be terrible for you. RNC has absolutely no space in Uganda,” Kainerugaba tweeted.
Nyamwasa had helped Kagame create his ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front. He survived two assassination attempts in South Africa in 2010, while Karegeya was killed in a Johannesburg hotel in 2014.
Mukombozi, a Rwandan who was born in Uganda, worked as a journalist with local media before moving to Rwanda but unfortunately, fell out with the government. According to reports, he has been living in exile and described as an “enemy of Rwanda and Uganda,” by Kainerugaba.
There are no details yet of where the deported Robert Mukombozi has been moved to.
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