Rwanda Air has explained why Lwengo District Chairman, George Mutabaazi, was over the weekend thrown off the aircraft at Kigali International airport.
The Rwandan carrier tweeted later saying Mutabaazi was drunk and behaved in a disorderly manner hence being forced off the plane.
“In order to ensure the safety of today’s flight WB464 to Entebbe and of our passengers on board this flight,” Rwanda Air tweeted on Saturday.
It said the passenger was disembarked from the aircraft due to his disorderly behaviour.
He was later on re-booked on another flight to Entebbe which left on the same day.
In a video, Mutabaazi was seen dragging off the plane in an embarrassing manner while he pleaded to know why he was being treated like that.
Mutabaazi insisted on sitting in the business class whereas he had an economy ticket.
In a statement later, Mutabaazi said he was coming from the Burundian capital, Bujumbura where he attended a cofnrence organised by East African secretary general.
“I travelled via Kigali and at the airport, I was asked to get out of the plane. It was a case of mistaken identity,” he said.
“I travelled via Kigali, Rwanda and on my way back, I had five hours delay on transit. I walked out of the airport and I came back and checked in for my flight back to Entebbe, Uganda in time.”
“While on the plane, there was a problem of probably mistaken identity and I was asked to get off the plane and in the process, I demanded to know why, because I would not just walk out like that.”
He continued: “I talked to security officials and they realized I had no problem and let me go. I was put on the Nairobi flight and I came back home safely.”
Mutabaazi said there is no need for concern as he is fine now.
In May this year, Ugandan gay rights activist, Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, was arrested and detained at Kigali international airport for calling the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, a dictator.
Rwanda police said Nabagesera was detained on suspicion of “drunkenness and gross misconduct, something other activists like Stella Nyanzi dismissed as “vague”.