Rwanda receives 14 nationals expelled from Uganda

On 28 September 2021 at 07:24

Uganda has expelled 14 Rwandans through Kagitumba border in Nyagatare district after spending days in the country’s detention.

The deportees were dumped at the border on Monday 27th September 2021 around 6p.m.

These include four women, four men and six children who were arrested in Mbarara.

Upon arrival in Rwanda, the deportees were tested for COVID-19 and received emergency assistance.

Their 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.

Nine more Rwandans were deported from Uganda last week through Kagitumba border.

Among others, Uganda recently handed over bodies of two Rwandans killed in the country last month.

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.

It is said that murderers dispossessed them of their valuables before killing them in Kabale district.

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 continues with arbitrary detention of Rwandans who are subjected to torture in its facilities.

Deportees arrived in Rwanda through Kagitumba border.