On 30 August, local leaders from the Rwanda district of Burere and the Uganda district of Kabale gathered for a brief sombre function at Katuna border, which Rwanda had closed in February of 2019. Rwanda was handing over the body of Justus Kabagambe (a local trader who had been shot dead by Rwandan police in mid-August for allegedly smuggling cosmetic products into the country) to Uganda.
“You know we are brothers and sisters, we marry from that side, there are people who marry from this side,” Nelson Nshangabasheija, Kabale district chairperson said as he received the body. “It is not good all the time to come to receive dead bodies.”
10 days later, it was time for another brief sombre function: Rwanda was receiving bodies of two of its citizens Theoneste Dusabimana and Paul Bangirana who had died under unclear circumstances on Uganda’s side.
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