Uganda dumps five tortured Rwandans at Kagitumba border

On 8 March 2021 at 10:39

The Government of Rwanda has received two nationals after spending months of torture in Uganda’s prisons accused of being spies.

Uganda’s Immigration and Emigration officers dumped these Rwandans at Kagitumba border in Nyagatare district, Eastern Province yesterday around 8pm.

These Rwandans include Michael Matabaro, Tresor Hirwa, David Rukundo, Patrick Rugema and Muhammed Ndaheranwa.

They were released after months of torture in Uganda’s prisons accused of being Rwanda’s spies.

Matabaro, 58, is a son of Uwimana John and Mukaruzajye Elizabeth. The man lived in Kayonza district before legally crossing to Uganda in 2016 to install in Kyenkwanzi county where he had business.

Matabaro was arrested by Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) on 24th January 2021 accused of being ADEPR follower.

His colleague Hirwa, 30, hailing from Gasabo district arrived in Uganda in 2017. He crossed through Cyanika border and installed in Uganda where he traded clothes and shoes. He was arrested on 22nd September 2020 accused of illegally staying in Uganda.

Rukundo David, 25, hailing from Nyagatare district is another Rwandan dumped at the border.

He went to Kenya through Uganda in January 2020. Rukundo was arrested nearby Busia border on 19th January 2021 returning to Uganda.

Security officials asked him to bail out his release which he denied. Rukundo was detained for three days before he was transferred at CMI camp in Mbuya.

He was accused of crimes including espionage and illegal entry to Uganda.

Uganda has also expelled Patrick Rugema, 22, hailing from Muhanga district. In December 2019, he went to Kenya through Tanzania to visit a relative. He was arrested in Uganda in September 2020.

He was accused of being Rwanda’s spy and detained five days. As he prepared to return to Rwanda, he was arrested again and detained at Mbarara military camp from where he was transferred to CMI.

Muhammed Mudaheranwa, 25, is another Rwandan who went to Uganda in 2018 through Bunagana border in DRC.

He was arrested on 23rf September 2020 and detained in CMI prison in Mbuya accused of espionage too.

As these Rwandans arrived last night, they were tested for COVID-19 and got negative results.

More Rwandans including a woman in critical condition tortured by Uganda’s CMI were deported on 3rd February 2021.

Abduction of Rwandans living or traveling through Uganda is linked to CMI’s close collaboration with Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a rebel group against the Government of Rwanda led by Kayumba Nyamwasa with intentions to destabilize Rwanda’s security.

Through the cooperation, Rwandans on Uganda’s land denying cooperation with the rebel group are arrested; tortured in CMI prisons while others are taken in Minembwe of DRC to be tortured.

Uganda has been arresting Rwandans since 2017 in different operations. The Government of Rwanda has since 2017 been condemning such arbitrary detentions and advised Rwandans not to travel to Uganda in March 2019.

Later on, Angola launched discussions to mend Rwanda, Uganda relations which led to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Angola, Luanda known as Luanda Agreement in 2019.

The memorandum was signed on August 21st 2019 in a bid to solve conflicts between Rwanda and Uganda.

Despite efforts to sign the agreement between both heads of state. CMI continues arbitrary detention of Rwandans who endure torture in its facilities.

These Rwandans arrived through Kagitumba border in Nyagatare district, Western Province.
Expelled Rwandans endured torture in CMI's prisons. They were tested for COVID-19 and got negative results upon arrival at Kagitumba border.