The Rwandan nationals were deported through the Uganda, Rwanda border of Mirama Hills in Ntungamo district on Wednesday. According to the source, the first batch of eight personnel was deported at 11 a.m. while others were deported at 4 p.m., and were both received by Rwandan authorities at the Rwandan side of Kagitumba.
Deported Rwandan anationals
The Ugandan government
has deported 15 Rwandan nationals who have been under security
arrest, according to a highly placed security official.
The Rwandan nationals
were deported through the Uganda, Rwanda border of Mirama Hills in Ntungamo
district on Wednesday. According to the source, the first batch of eight personnel was deported at 11 a.m. while others were deported at 4 p.m., and were both received by Rwandan
authorities at the Rwandan side of Kagitumba.
The source however declined to
reveal details about when the Rwandan nationals were arrested, where they
were arrested from, and the reasons behind their deportation. However, he added that the deportees were all
men. The Rwandan
government through the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) confirmed receiving 15 of its nationals who had been deported from Uganda. It
however also did not give details.
Last week, another six nationals were deported from
Uganda through the Chanika border in Kisoro district, after pleading guilty to
illegal entry before Kisoro Grade One Magistrate Raphael Vuenni. They
had been arrested a day before at Kanaba Checkpoint along Kisoro-Kabale road
while heading to Kampala, yet none of them had travel documents.
reaching Rwanda, they argued through Rwanda’s online Newsagency, NEW TIMES
RWANDA that they had spent 14-days in detention at Kisoro police station. In
detention, they said, they were beaten and dispossessed of their valuables, including
Rwanda argues that
ever since Uganda "decided to back, sponsor and facilitate groups bent on
destabilizing Rwanda, most notably Kayumba Nyamwasa's Rwanda National
Congress-RNC, and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda-FDLR
genocidal forces, life has become very difficult for Rwandan citizens travelling
to Uganda or those already a resident there".
The government of
Rwanda has previously warned nationals against travelling to Uganda, indicating
that their safety cannot be guaranteed in the neighbouring
country. Rwanda has closed its borders with Uganda since February
2019. But since then seven Ugandans have been shot dead in Rwanda on
accusations of smuggling. But Uganda denies the accusations.