Two Rwandans whose identities are not yet known drowned in river Kagera while trying to flee Tanzania.
This nasty incident occurred on Wednesday August 14, 27 kilometers from the Mutukula border.
The immigrants are alleged to have been fleeing the Tanzanian Security operatives by the time of the incident.
Francis Gakumba, the leader of Rwanda community at Mutukula border said that the bodies have not been seen yet and the chances of finding them are minute since there are crocodiles in the river.
“We are now trying to establish the families of the victims to get their particulars,” said Gakumba on a telephone conversation.
Gakumba further said the victims could have been pushed into the river because Tanzanian police is using excessive force to expel all foreign nationals from the area including Ugandans and Burundians.
Preparations are in high gear as the police tries to search for the victims.
“I have dispatched a team of police officers from the Ugandan Side of Kagera to search for the victims. They are working hand in hand with the Tanzanian authorities to see if they can retrieve the bodies,” said Fred Sooma, the Rakai District Police Commander.
It is believed that many Rwandan immigrants are crossing into Uganda via River Kagera for fear of being blocked from entering the country instead of using known routes.
More than 3,500 Rwandans who have lived in Biharamuro, Ngara, Karagwe and Mureba districts in Tanzania since the 1960s have so far been expelled from Tanzania. Most of them have gone to Rwanda, while some have crossed the border to Uganda.
According to Godfrey Maate, the Officer in Charge of Mutukula, although 1700 Rwandan immigrants are believed to have entered Uganda, only 500 have so far been registered.
He said that majority of them are crossing through dangerous areas including Malamagambo forest in Minziiro, where some of their animals have been attacked by wild animals.
Maate however said that they have dispatched a team to ensure that all those entering are registered before they are allowed to settle into the country. On Wednesday August 14, some 450 registered refugees were temporarily relocated to Sango Bay Air Strip as government looks for another place to resettle them.