Deep fear surrounds Journalist Ingabire’s funeral

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By John Barigye and agencies

Ingabire's Funeral, familly and friends hiding their faces

Kampala, Uganda-Rwandan journalist Charles Igabire was buried yesterday, in a government cemetery at Lusaze in Rubaga Division, in Kampala. He is survived with a wife and a five-month old baby.

No Rwandan government official attended the funeral or burial.

Ingabire who had earlier fled Rwanda for Uganda for fear that his life was in danger for being critical of Rwanda president Paul Kagame and his government though little was known about Ingabire as a journalist.

32 year old Charles Ingabire, was shot twice in the lower abdomen late in the night of November 30, by unknown people in Makies II Bar at Bukesa-Kikoni near Makerere, a Kampala suburb.

One by one, the mourners walked into Evangelical Restoration Church in Bakuli, many avoiding eye contacts with strangers and only speaking in hushed tones.

No photos of identities
Several mourners we spoke to alleged being persecuted by government back home but none wanted their photographs taken or identities revealed.

The funeral service that started about 2:30pm lasted for only about 20 minutes and had only two speakers.

According to Ugandan independent daily, The Daily Monitor, among the mourners were men in civilian clothes, most of whom had security gadgets. The men could be seen communicating on walkie-talkies as the service went on.

Police recovered five cartridges of spent bullets, which they suspected to have been discharged by a Sub Machine Gun that was used to shoot Ingabire, at the scene of crime.

Police also said they have arrested two suspects now in their custody to help with investigations.

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