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Uganda deports 23 Rwandans

By IGIHE
On 6 August 2021 at 10:41

Ugandan authorities have today morning deported 23 Rwandans through Kagitumba One-Stop Border Post in Nyagatare district.

The 23 deportees dumped at the border by Ugandan Migration officials around 8a.m include nineteen men, three women and one kid.

The reason for deportation has not yet been communicated but Uganda has been illegally detaining and deporting Rwandans accusing them of espionage.

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.

Since the beginning of this year, Uganda has dumped 42 Rwandans at Kagitumba border five times following days of torture in Uganda’s prisons.

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.

23 Rwandans have been deported through Kagitumba One-Stop Border Post in Nyagatare district.

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