By Spy Uganda
Ugandan security authorities have in custody Rwandan singer Sergeant Major Robert Kabera, who is commonly known as ‘Sergeant Robert’ the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has confirmed, according to reports.
Kabera’s arrest comes nearly two years after RDF Military Prosecution Department (MPD) launched investigations against the singer for allegedly defiling a ’15-year-old’ family member.
In Kampala, reports indicate that he was picked up from his home in a Kampala city suburb of Masanafu, in the early hours of Monday, May 16, by a joint force of police and intelligence services.
It has been revealed that Kabera was arrested on different charges of smuggling guns into Uganda, which he committed while in Kampala after fleeing Rwanda.
Col. Ronald Rwivanga, the RDF spokesperson is quoted by reports as saying that they were ‘closely’ following his case. He did not specify whether they had or would be applying for his extradition to Kigali to face trial over rape charges.
“It is true they have arrested him across (Uganda), we have no more details on the case but we will update the public in due time,” he reportedly said.
In November last year, the RDF said that the former RDF Army Band member allegedly committed the crime on November 21, 2020, in the Ndera sector, Gasabo district.
Sergeant Robert stands possibilities if found guilty, of serving a 20 to a 25-year jail sentence and if the alleged sexual abuse resulted in an infection of a sexually transmitted disease, the soldier-singer could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
But After All The Above Accusations, What Does Kabera Say?
He told a Ugandan newspaper in 2020 that his trouble was partly due to his relationship with the family of the late Fred Rwigema, the first commander of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, who was killed in October 1990, the first month into the RPF invasion of Rwanda.
Kabera claimed the government suspects him of knowing secrets about the late singer and famous Kagame critic Kizito Mihigo, who was found dead in a Rwandan police cell.
Kabera denied the allegations, saying he could not have committed the alleged defilement crime on November 21 when he had already crossed into Uganda on November 19.
He said he fled to Uganda with his wife, leaving behind three children, including a seven-month-old baby.
“Some of the officers in intelligence that I have trained over the time intimated that I was being targeted. I got another warning via a phone call and on November 18, I fled. We sent our two eldest children to live with our friends because we left in a hurry and only came with the baby,” Kabera said in 2020.