Two Rwandans deported from Uganda narrate ordeal

By IGIHE
On 18 July 2019 at 08:15

Jean Damascène Baziruwiha and Bernard Rwagasore have been deported to Rwanda following imprisonment in Uganda’s prisons accused of being Rwanda’s spies.

Rwandans traveling to and living in Uganda have been illegally arrested, imprisoned and tortured at different times accused of being spies.

Recent statistics show that over 1000 Rwandans have been illegally deported from Uganda.

Talking to the media yesterday Baziruwiha one of the two recently deported Rwandans said he was arrested on accusations of being Rwanda’s spy.

The man hailing from Rutsiro district went to Uganda in May 2018 for fishing business which he practiced in Lake Victoria.

Baziruwiha later joined ADEPR Pentecostal Church International Uganda (PCIU). He later moved to Wasiko region where he was in January 2019 assigned preacher in the same church.

He explained that the church leader got jealous of his new appointment and started asking why he left Rwanda.

Baziruwiha replied to the church leader that he will return to Rwanda when the situation is normalized at both countries’ borders but the he kept running after Baziruwiha and Rwandan colleagues.

Baziruwiha explained that the church leader later took an accusation to the local police station in March 2019.

“There, we met a policeman who asked our identities. We presented them and he replied ‘let these people pray with others because they have permission from officials’.”

The church leader took allegations to other officials who also clarified that we have permission to stay.

In the morning of 23rd May 2019, Baziruwiha received a phone call summoning to report to himself officials.

He took his documents to police station and was asked who licensed him to found a church in Uganda.

“I told them that I don’t know founders that I am a preacher like others,” he replied.
The policeman told Baziruwiha that he had a target of ousting all Rwandans from Uganda and were taken to Entebbe police station.

He and his colleague were in the next morning told that they are from Rwanda’s intelligence on mission to Uganda.

They met several Rwandans in prison some of whom were not aware of accusations.
During their stay in prison, they were taken to court but the judge transferred them to Higher Court.

Baziruwiha said they met between 40 and 50 Rwandans.

“I took the names of some Rwandans detained there who asked me to inform their families,” he said.

Ugandan prisons accommodate Rwandans jailed between 4 and 5 years whose files were not taken to court.

Baziruwiha and Rwagasore were taken to the prison in red dresses given to notorious criminals.

Realizing how the court didn’t prove efforts to assist them, they thought about bribing the judge.

“We sold part of our properties including livestock like pigs and sought a person to negotiate with the judge. We were assisted by a neighboring old man but the judge asked one million Ugandan shillings to spoil the accusation changing to illegally fishing Rwandans,” he said.

On 26th June 2019, they returned to court which ruled on their deportation.

The policeman who detained them was not satisfied with the ruling and held them for one more week.

Hailing from Kayonza district, Bernard Rwagasore, 42, said that they rarely got food and one dish would be shared by 40 prisoners.

The duo was later deported on Sunday morning.

Rwagasore had been in Uganda for 10 years working for an institution of white people earning him a living and pay school fees for his children. He advised Rwandans to think twice before crossing to Uganda considering hard times he endured in Uganda where Rwandans are illegally detained and tortured.

A total of 1000 Rwandans have been reportedly detained in Uganda.

This saw the Government of Rwanda advising Rwandans not to travel to Uganda for their security until the situation gets back to normal.

It has been two years since Rwanda, Uganda relations worsened.

Rwanda expressed concerns over Rwandans who travel to Uganda for business purposes but are abducted, imprisoned and tortured accused of being Rwanda’s spies.

Rwanda also accuses Uganda of conspiracy with rebel groups intending to destabilize state security.

Rwandans traveling to and living in Uganda have been illegally arrested, imprisoned and tortured at different times accused of being spies.

Recent statistics show that over 1000 Rwandans have been illegally deported from Uganda.

Talking to the media yesterday Baziruwiha one of the two recently deported Rwandans said he was arrested on accusations of being Rwanda’s spy.

The man hailing from Rutsiro district went to Uganda in May 2018 for fishing business which he practiced in Lake Victoria.

Baziruwiha later joined ADEPR Pentecostal Church International Uganda (PCIU). He later moved to Wasiko region where he was in January 2019 assigned preacher in the same church.

He explained that the church leader got jealous of his new appointment and started asking why he left Rwanda.

Baziruwiha replied to the church leader that he will return to Rwanda when the situation is normalized at both countries’ borders but the he kept running after Baziruwiha and Rwandan colleagues.

Baziruwiha explained that the church leader later took an accusation to the local police station in March 2019.

“There, we met a policeman who asked our identities. We presented them and he replied ‘let these people pray with others because they have permission from officials’.”

The church leader took allegations to other officials who also clarified that we have permission to stay.

In the morning of 23rd May 2019, Baziruwiha received a phone call summoning to report to himself officials.

He took his documents to police station and was asked who licensed him to found a church in Uganda.

“I told them that I don’t know founders that I am a preacher like others,” he replied.

The policeman told Baziruwiha that he had a target of ousting all Rwandans from Uganda and were taken to Entebbe police station.

He and his colleague were in the next morning told that they are from Rwanda’s intelligence on mission to Uganda.

They met several Rwandans in prison some of whom were not aware of accusations.
During their stay in prison, they were taken to court but the judge transferred them to Higher Court.

Baziruwiha said they met between 40 and 50 Rwandans.

“I took the names of some Rwandans detained there who asked me to inform their families,” he said.

Ugandan prisons accommodate Rwandans jailed between 4 and 5 years whose files were not taken to court.

Baziruwiha and Rwagasore were taken to the prison in red dresses given to notorious criminals.

Realizing how the court didn’t prove efforts to assist them, they thought about bribing the judge.

“We sold part of our properties including livestock like pigs and sought a person to negotiate with the judge. We were assisted by a neighboring old man but the judge asked one million Ugandan shillings to spoil the accusation changing to illegally fishing Rwandans,” he said.

On 26th June 2019, they returned to court which ruled on their deportation.

The policeman who detained them was not satisfied with the ruling and held them for one more week.

Hailing from Kayonza district, Bernard Rwagasore, 42, said that they rarely got food and one dish would be shared by 40 prisoners.

The duo was later deported on Sunday morning.

Rwagasore had been in Uganda for 10 years working for an institution of white people earning him a living and pay school fees for his children.

He advised Rwandans to think twice before crossing to Uganda considering hard times he endured in Uganda where Rwandans are illegally detained and tortured.

A total of 1000 Rwandans have been reportedly detained in Uganda.

This saw the Government of Rwanda advising Rwandans not to travel to Uganda for their security until the situation gets back to normal.

It has been two years since Rwanda, Uganda relations worsened.

Rwanda expressed concerns over Rwandans who travel to Uganda for business purposes but are abducted, imprisoned and tortured accused of being Rwanda’s spies.

Rwanda also accuses Uganda of conspiracy with rebel groups intending to destabilize state security.

The policeman told Baziruwiha that he had a target of ousting all Rwandans from Uganda and were taken to Entebbe police station.
Rwagasore had been in Uganda for 10 years working for an institution of white people
Baziruwiha and Rwagasore were taken to the prison in red dresses given to notorious criminals.

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