The untold story behind the assassination of Tumukunde Merina and Ruhegyera N. Joshua along Entebbe highway

Joshua & Merina

Rampant murders and assassinations are on rise in Uganda and many political analysts indicates that Uganda suffers from inefficient patronage politics and a downward spiral of declining governance, poor economic performance and local insecurity.

At present, violent crime, including murder is on the rise as security organs ability to carry out regular duties has declined. On several occasions, the Government of Uganda admitted failure in handling insecurity following the listed 12 action points that President Museveni pledged to the country in June last year as measures to curb insecurity in the country. Recently Minister Gen Jeje Odongo, admitted that the government has only tackled three out of the 12 action points that include reasonable steps taken in installation of CCTV cameras, recruitment of LDUs and finger printing of guns.

Despite the plea by President Museveni, cases of violence are on the rise and this past week alone two people; Tumukunde Merina and Ruhegyera Ntereho Joshua were killed after a shooting along the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway.

The story of the assassination spread like wild fire and New Vision, and Chimp reports published an article alleging that a woman shot dead in Entebbe was Rwandan.  Not only was this a deliberate propaganda aimed at falsifying identities but also a deliberate move to attribute the case to Rwanda.  The New vision being a state managed media can’t publish that story without purpose or hidden agenda.

Some media outlets rushed to link the husband of the deceased to Rwandan intelligence and accusing Mark Rugenza of being an agent operating bars in Kampala and Mbarara and accused him to have a hand in the murder.  The accusations against Mark were aimed at diverting people’s attention amid ongoing cases of murder in Uganda and continuous persecution of Rwandans in Uganda.  

The truth of the matter is that N. Joshua was a close friend to Lt. Gen. Muhoozi and according to his peers Lt.Gen Muhoozi is the one that had provided security escorts to him.  The death of Joshua and Merina is an indication of a dysfunctional security system, focused more on other businesses amid mounting insecurity.

The rising propaganda orchestrated in the media is an indication that the problems between Rwanda – Uganda are yet to be resolved despite the signed Memorandum in Luanda- Angola.  Signs of heightened tensions are observed along border areas and people in Kabale region have told the great lakes eye that UPDF has deployed soldiers in areas of Kisasa, Habubare and Karengere close to the border of Rwanda.

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