43 Rwandans expelled from Uganda

On 18 November 2021 at 10:36

The Government of Uganda has evicted 43 Rwandans after spending days in its detention facilities.

The deportees including 25 men, 7 women and 11 children arrived in Rwanda on Wednesday 17th November 2021 through Kagitumba One Stop Border Post in Nyagatare district.

They have told RBA that they were arrested on their way to Rwanda accused of illegal entry to the country.

Deportees have also narrated their ordeal where they endured torture and dispossessed of their belongings in detention facilities.

In October 2021, Rwanda received more 47 nationals expelled from Uganda on similar allegations.

The recent deportation follows series of circumstances under which Uganda has been expelling Rwandans after enduring torture in its detention facilities accusing them of being spies yet they had traveled to the country to run businesses or visit relatives among other reasons.

In the past few months, Uganda handed over bodies of two Rwandans killed in the country.

The deceased include Theoneste Dusabimana, 52, hailing from Rubaya sector and Paul Bangirana, 47, from Kaniga sector. They were respectively killed on 30th August and 1st September 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 posing 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 continues with arbitrary detention of Rwandans who are subjected to torture in its facilities.

Some of deportees who arrived through Kagitumba border on Wednesday 17th November 2021.