These Rwandans were handed over to Rwanda’s immigration officers at Kagitumba border in Nyagatare district on the evening of Thursday 19th August 2021.
The deportees include 20 men, 4 women and 2 kids who received emergency assistance and tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.
Twelve of these deportees who tested positive have been admitted at COVID-19 treatment centers while others are put under quarantine before joining their families.
Some witnesses revealed that they were detained at Matinda prison located in Mbarara where they endured torture before deportation.
Their deportation follows series of circumstances under which Ugandan officials have been dumping Rwandans at borders following days of torture in detention facilities accused of being spies yet they had traveled to Uganda to run businesses or visit relatives among other reasons.
Uganda has deported over 70 Rwandans under similar circumstances since the beginning of the year 2021.
Rwanda, Uganda relations worsened since 2017. Rwanda has been expressing concerns over Rwandans who travel to Uganda for business purposes but are abducted, imprisoned and tortured accused of being spies.
Rwanda also accuses Uganda of hosting dissidents that are posing a threat to national security.
In March 2019, the Government of Rwanda officially advised citizens not to travel to Uganda for their security following testimonies of over 1000 Rwandans tortured and deported from Uganda.
In August 2019, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame signed memorandum of understanding ‘Luanda Agreement’ in a bid to solve conflicts between both countries.
Despite efforts to sign the agreement between both heads of state witnessed by mediators including the President of Angola, Joao Lourenço and Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the situation is still worsening as Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence continues with arbitrary detention of Rwandans who are subjected to torture in its facilities.