Dushimirimana Antoinette, who made serious charges in a popular YouTube video last month, is presently detained and facing prosecution for attempting to unlawfully cross the border.
According to the Immigration and Emigration Directorate, the woman was apprehended on September 29 after attempting to enter Uganda via an ungazetted border route with her husband. This account differs from what has been extensively circulated on social media.
Late in August, reports surfaced on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube that YouTuber Gilbert Shyaka, who managed the “Ijwi ry’Imfubyi” channel, had vanished.
A lady known as Dushimirimana Antoinette surfaced in a popular YouTube video weeks later, around September 23rd, claiming to be Shyaka’s wife. The lady said she had sent President Paul Kagame a letter appealing with him to assist her in finding her husband, who had gone missing and had been kidnapped by security forces.
The lady said she, too, had been “kidnapped” and tortured by her captors, detailing gruesome aspects of her ordeal. She said the people holding her were Rwandan security forces.
The viral video and accompanying facts concerning Shyaka elicited no government response.
Around September 29, further stories of Dushimirimana’s disappearance appeared, primarily disseminated by Rwandan refugees. They said she had been kidnapped once more, just like her husband. Their situation has also become the subject of a social media campaign.
Government officials announced in local media today that Dushimirimana was detained and will be taken before a court for prosecution soon.
The Prosecutor General’s office is planning to prosecute Dushimirimana with immigration violations under Article 44 of the immigration legislation, according to the Immigration Directorate. She might be sentenced to six months in jail and fined Rwf 1 million.
Dushimirimana was apprehended on September 29 along with two men who were assisting her transit from Rwanda into Uganda at a porous spot on the now-closed border, according to government reports.
Dushimirimana was apparently attempting to track down her spouse, who, according to police, had successfully escaped to Uganda on August 23. On August 22, the two (husband and wife) allegedly arrived in a car at the major Gatuna border crossing into Uganda, but were sent back. The spouse crossed the border the next day at an ungazetted spot on the heavily guarded border.
According to official sources, Dushimirimana’s wife was apprehended on the same day her husband entered Uganda. Those appear to be the days she was detained, during which she says the abuse she was subjected to in the famous YouTube video. She had also attempted to enter the border illegally, according to officials.