At around 11:15 a.m., 12 male Rwandans, were brought to the Kagitumba border, who had been detained and persecuted for a long time in Uganda.
They were taken to the Kagitumba border in a Coaster vehicle, accompanied by Ugandan police and staff from the country’s immigration office. First, they washed their hands to prevent Coronavirus, then they were tested fever to see if there are any signs of infection.
The released Rwandans were immediately sent to a 14-day quarantine at the University of Rwanda, Rukara Branch, before allowing them to go to their families.
Rwanda has been requesting Uganda to release its nationals who were illegally detained, or bring them before the courts to be notified and allow Rwandan ambassadors in Uganda to reach them.
In a joint effort to find a solution to the long-running tensions between the two countries, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of Uganda, Sam Kutesa on June 4 said the country had agreed to release 130 Rwandans, but about 310 charged with serious crimes will continue to be kept in custody.
Illegal detention and torture of Rwandans living in Uganda took another step in 2017 until Rwanda reached the point of urging its people not to go to Uganda.