Timothy Gawaya, Hope Mpeirirwe say that they had crossed to Rwanda for a business mission when President issued a directive to close all borders. They say that they had no option but to remain in Kigali. T
The second batch of 94 Ugandans who have been in Rwanda where yesterday evening repatriated.
The affected Ugandans have been stuck in Rwanda due to COVID-19 after president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced a nationwide lockdown of
Uganda’s borders in March this year to contain the spread of virus.
The second batch is part of 350 Ugandans who have been
stranded in Rwanda since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The first batch was
repatriated on Wednesday this week. After crossing from Gatuna to Katuna border, some
of the returnees told our reporter that despite physiological stress, they were
not mistreated while in Rwanda.
Timothy Gawaya and Hope Mpeirirwe say that they had crossed to
Rwanda for a business mission when President issued a directive to close all
borders. They say that they had no option but to remain in Kigali. They say
that Rwandan authorities did not mistreat them but they were only affected by
thoughts about their businesses and families in Uganda.
Eden Muhaire, another returnee says that she had crossed to
Rwanda to visit her relatives when lock down was announced. Muhaire says that
she has been missing Ugandan food, and social life.
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Wallace Bindeeba, the Katuna Cluster Immigration Officer who
led a delegation of Ugandan officials that witnessed the repatriation exercise,
said that the returnees will be transported to Gayaza, Kampala for mandatory