Not yet safe for Rwandans traveling to Uganda

By IGIHE
On 12 January 2020 at 12:45

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Vincent Biruta has announced that it is not yet safe for Rwandans to travel to Uganda.

The minister who was responding to a tweet when asked by a Rwandan whether it is safe to travel to Uganda said that the ministry will inform the nation when it is safe for them to travel the neighboring country.

On Friday, 10th January 2020, a Twitter user Chris Munyakayanza asked if Rwandans were free to travel to Uganda now and tagged Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as well as Dr. Biruta.

Biruta responded that the Ministry will inform Rwandans when the tension will be completely eased out but that in the meantime, Rwandans are still not advised to go to Uganda.

In March last year, the Government of Rwanda warned its citizens to stop all travels to Uganda due to arbitrary arrests and torture of Rwandans who were in Uganda.

The unlawful imprisonment and torture was worsened by Uganda’s support to anti-Rwanda terrorist groups. Uganda agreed to address all these questionable acts as part of a Memorandum of Understanding with Rwanda signed in Angola, Luanda in August 2019.

The Luanda agreements were aimed at effectively solving the tension between Rwanda and Uganda.

After the agreements were signed a few Rwandans were, chased from Uganda and dumped on border posts but more than 100 remain incarcerated in Ugandan prisons until now.

On Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over to Rwanda 9 citizens including the 7 Rwandans who were acquitted by the Military Court in Uganda. The seven Rwandans had been arrested on alleged charges of espionage. That gave to Rwandans a false sense of hope that the tension between Rwanda and Uganda was solved.

In a recent press conference, Minister Biruta noted that Uganda had started showing goodwill and released 9 Rwandan citizens but that more needed to be done including putting a stop to their support of anti-Rwanda terrorist groups like FDLR and RNC. He emphasized Rwanda’s commitment to ardently play its part towards resolving the current conflict with neighboring Uganda.

In an interview with NTV Uganda, Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, President Museveni’s Special Envoy and Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations said that setting Rwandans free is a good step towards the resolution of the conflict. "Uganda has started honoring its part of Luanda agreements and intends to do more to completely solve the conflict with Rwanda."

Responding to whether the recent release of 9 Rwandans was a sign border are soon to be opened, Amb Ayebare referred to President Museveni end of the year message on Twitter in which he said: "Uganda, I can guarantee, will do its share of the normalization of the relations between our two countries."

The minister who was responding to a tweet when asked by a Rwandan whether it is safe to travel to Uganda said that the ministry will inform the nation when it is safe for them to travel the neighboring country.

On Friday, 10th January 2020, a Twitter user Chris Munyakayanza asked if Rwandans were free to travel to Uganda now and tagged Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as well as Dr. Biruta.

Biruta responded that the Ministry will inform Rwandans when the tension will be completely eased out but that in the meantime, Rwandans are still not advised to go to Uganda.

In March last year, the Government of Rwanda warned its citizens to stop all travels to Uganda due to arbitrary arrests and torture of Rwandans who were in Uganda.

The unlawful imprisonment and torture were worsened by Uganda’s support to anti-Rwanda terrorist groups. Uganda agreed to address all these questionable acts as part of a Memorandum of Understanding with Rwanda signed in Angola, Luanda in August 2019.

The Luanda agreements were aimed at effectively solving the tension between Rwanda and Uganda.

After the agreements were signed a few Rwandans were, chased from Uganda and dumped on border posts but more than 100 remain incarcerated in Ugandan prisons until now.

On Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over to Rwanda 9 citizens including the 7 Rwandans who were acquitted by the Military Court in Uganda. The seven Rwandans had been arrested on alleged charges of espionage. That gave to Rwandans a false sense of hope that the tension between Rwanda and Uganda was solved.

In a recent press conference, Minister Biruta noted that Uganda had started showing goodwill and released 9 Rwandan citizens but that more needed to be done including putting a stop to their support of anti-Rwanda terrorist groups like FDLR and RNC. He emphasized Rwanda’s commitment to ardently play its part towards resolving the current conflict with neighboring Uganda.

In an interview with NTV Uganda, Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, President Museveni’s Special Envoy and Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations said that setting Rwandans free is a good step towards the resolution of the conflict. "Uganda has started honoring its part of Luanda agreements and intends to do more to completely solve the conflict with Rwanda."

Responding to whether the recent release of 9 Rwandans was a sign that borders are soon to be opened, Amb Ayebare referred to President Museveni end of the year message on Twitter in which he said: "Uganda, I can guarantee, will do its share of the normalization of the relations between our two countries."

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Vincent Biruta has announced that it is not yet safe for Rwandans to travel to Uganda.

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