On March, 11, 2011, Godwin Agaba made false allegations in an obscure online media outfit known as 256news. He reported that Rwanda has been secretly funding opposition riots in Uganda, an allegation that is absurd and ridiculous.
By fabricating stories, Agaba has ultimately violated journalism ethics. But by fabricating stories that can damage relations between two neighboring states, Agaba has definitely committed treason.
Tony Burman, ex-editor-in-chief of CBC says that “Every news organization has only its credibility and reputation to rely on.” After this story, Agaba cannot claim to have either a reputation or credibility.
Agaba is an impostor whose aim and purpose is to cause mistrust and suspicion between two brotherly countries.
It is a well known fact that Agaba and another pretentious ‘journalist’ friend of his Robert Mukombozi are Patrick Karegeya’s tools that he is using in what he thinks is covert operations. The Rwanda Government cannot be so irresponsible as to wish for, let alone sponsor riots in Uganda because this would be self-defeating.
Uganda is a transit for Rwandan imports, including strategic ones like fuel. Rwanda’s major exports such as coffee and tea also pass through Ugandan territory on their way to Mombasa port.
Rwanda and Uganda are neighbors with historical links and mutual interests that cannot be wished away. These include the fact that the two countries will remain neighbors whether Agaba likes it or not; both are members of EAC, the Commonwealth and other blocks that promote the political and socioeconomic progress of the peoples of the two countries. All these links are so valued by the peoples of the two countries that any body seeking to damage or destabilize any part of these links can only be an enemy of the two states.
Agaba’s story is based on his false assumption that Rwanda was not happy with President Museveni’s victory in elections of last month.
One wonders why Rwanda would be unhappy about the outcome of an election that took place on the territory of another sovereign state, to the extent of sponsoring riots. This is false and should be ignored.