Tension between Uganda and Rwanda seems unending and fragile as its been witnessed with continued silent deployment of forces on both sides with Rwanda opting to silently changing the deployment code along its border lines with Uganda.
Rwanda’s armed personnel were deployed at the border in the month of March and were visible in the hills at Mukaniga, Byumba and Buganza. Also at Chanika in Kisoro district, the Rwandan army was usually seen patrolling the Rwandan side of the border.
Information from confidential sources have continued to point out that Uganda has since then taken a silent move to deploy her elite forces along the border with Rwanda, a move officials reportedly said is “part of President Museveni’s effort to avoid the escalation of the conflict.”
The UPDF has been silently witnessed advancing its personnel and deployments along the border with Rwanda with the Ugandan military reinforcing its Second Division under the Command of Brig Kayanja Muhanga, which has its headquarters in Mbarara District.
“It is common knowledge that the UPDF’s Second Division that has two brigades – 309 and 401 – has since November 2018 adjusted its deployments.” Insider sources have revealed.
These two brigades have moved deployments towards the border with Rwanda.
The 401 Brigade, which with its headquarters in Kabale under the command of Lt Col Ibrahim Mutabazi, has three battalions; 19 infantry battalion, 35 battalion and 33 battalion, and have been cited to have all made deployments along the border with Rwanda.
For instance, the 19 infantry battalion, also headquartered in Kabale under the command of Lt Col Emmanuel Mukasa, deployed in areas such as Cyonyo, Rushaki, Kamuganguzi, Gafunzo and Butobere.
The 35 battalion, under the command of Lt Col Johnson Muhanguzi, has dispositions in Nyakabande, Nyarusiza, Kanombe hill, Ntamutindi hill and Bunagana, while the 33 Battalion commanded by Lt Col Tumwine with headquarters in Kisoro has deployed at Kisoro, Rwindi, Kanungu, Ishasha, and Rugano.
On the other hand, the 309 Brigade, commanded by Col Keith Katungyi and based in Kisoro, has two battalions; the 7 Battalion commanded by Maj. Geoffrey Nabimanya and 47 Battalion commanded by Maj. Jotham Kature.
These two battalions are deployed at Bunagana, Rukungiri, Kabingo and Kikagati.
All these deployments by the UPDF are silently along the border with Rwanda.
It is also reportedly cited that since November 2018, UPDF started deployment of heavily equipped forces at Kihumuro Hill in Kabale having speculated of fragile relationship and terror threat from her neighbour.
Sources also indicate that an artillery platoon led by one Lt Judith is deployed on Kacwekano and Karujanga hills – overlooking Rwanda – with artillery capabilities (Katyusha rocket launchers, 11mm, 14.7mm and 12.7mm).
Other sources from Kisoro District revealed that continuous deployments of UPDF soldiers from the 35 battalion operating in Kisoro have been going on for the last few days.
Sources further intimated of the presence of an estimated 200 Special Forces at Butobere, at a place called Nyabitabo.