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Rwandan Nationals Stuck in Ugandan Villages

Kavu Parish chairman Deus Ntegamahe says that a number of Rwandan nationals stealthily crossed into the villages in Maziba Sub County to look for food, as a result of the tension between Uganda and Rwanda. However, their return was blocked by Rwandan security officers patrolling the border and as a result, they remained stranded in the villages.
31 May 2019 15:40

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Hundreds of Rwandan nationals are stuck in Maziba Sub County, Kabale district after they were stopped from returning to their country.  

Kavu Parish chairman Deus Ntegamahe says that a number of Rwandan nationals stealthily crossed into the villages in Maziba Sub County to look for food, as a result of the tension between Uganda and Rwanda. However, their return was blocked by Rwandan security officers patrolling the border and as a result, they remained stranded in the villages. 

As a result, Ntegamahe says that he is stuck with 120 Rwandan nationals who were repelled by Rwandan security officials. The victims only survive on begging for food and accommodation. Those who fail to get accommodation from good Samaritans sleep in the bushes.   

//Cue in; “ abanya Rwanda barikwiija bataha…

Cue out…ekyokurya owabo.”//   

Rugarama village Chairman Albert Twesigwomwe says that he is stuck with three Rwandan men together with their wives and children. Twesigwomwe says that some of them lost their identifications in the process of escaping from Rwanda. 

According to Twesigwomwe, locals have decided to accommodate the stranded Rwandan nationals after realizing that returning to Rwanda is a threat to their lives.    

//Cue in; “ ekyizibu ekyaba’ nyarywanda nibeija… 

Cue out: …obu batuhereza.”//  

Kyerero village chairman Polycarp Turyamureeba says that all those who are stuck in Maziba have no chance of crossing back because Rwandan soldiers are always on full-time surveillance.  

// Cue in; “ omu cell nimba…  

Cue out…amagara geitu.”//    

Ndorwa East member of parliament Wilfred Niwagaba says that they have made arrangements to table the matter before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to see if the affected Rwandan nationals can be transferred to refugee camps.    

//Cue in; “ Rwandan nationals come…  

Cue out: …and settle.”//    

Kabale District Chairman Patrick Besigye Keihwa describes the developments as regrettable.  Keihwa says that the district has made arrangements to provide support to families hosting the affected Rwandan nationals. 

//Cue in; “the one of …  

Cue out …care of.”//  

Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda on February 27, 2019, to purportedly expedite the construction of the single customs at Gatuna border.  Rwanda advised truck drivers destined to Kigali to use the Kagitumba border via Mirama Hills.

However, Rwandan officials including President, Paul Kagame later accused Ugandan authorities of abducting its citizens and locking them up in ungazetted areas.   Rwanda also accused Uganda of hosting and facilitating dissidents especially Rwanda National Congress-RNC and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda FDLR, which have declared war on the Kigali government.  

Rwanda advised its citizens against travelling to Uganda, saying it can't guarantee their safety.   Rwanda also deployed security officials and destroyed all temporary bridges to bar Rwandans from crossing to Uganda.