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Family of missing Ugandan in Rwanda speaks out.

By: New Vision reporter

Tusibura’s step-mother Perepetwa Tusubira, in an interview with New Vision, appealed to the Government of Uganda to intervene and have her son released. The family of Charles Tusubira, a Ugandan national who was reportedly picked up by Rwandan security agents from his home in Kicukiro, a suburb in Kigali, Rwanda on October 27, has appealed to the Government of Uganda to intervene and have him released.

                Charles Tusubira

The 39-year-old Tusubira, a proprietor of a marketing and advertising agency known as Kleenville Media that was operating in Rwanda, was kidnapped from his home by armed security men who included Police and immigration officers.

Tusibura’s step-mother Perepetwa Tusubira, in an interview with New Vision, appealed to the Government of Uganda to intervene and have her son released.

She also appealed to the government of Rwanda to assist the family and take her child to the courts of law, rather than detaining him in unknown places.

“I am appealing to the Government of Uganda to please come to our aid. As a family, we want to see our son. We believe he is undergoing torture. If there is any crime he has committed, I urge the Rwandan government to take him to the courts of law, so that his fate is known publicly,” Tusubira’s mother said.

Sources in Rwanda confirmed Tusubira was picked by men who identified themselves as immigration and Rwanda Police officers who came to his home early in the morning. He was pushed into one of the cars and has since never been seen.

The New Vision has also learnt that Tusubira was the deputy head of Rwanda’s Advertisers Association.

Ann Katusime, Uganda’s Deputy High Commissioner to Rwanda, said she was not authorised to speak about the matter, but confirmed the incident, adding that the embassy was following up on the matter and that they were in touch with the family.

“We have written a letter to Rwanda’s ministry of foreign affairs, but also notified the Government of Uganda. We are in touch with his family here as we wait for a response from the Rwandan Government,” Katusime said. Efforts to get a comment from Rwanda’s embassy in Uganda over the incident proved futile. Kleenville Media Ltd has been in operation in Rwanda since June 2011 when it was registered.

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