Uganda agrees to release Rwandans arbitrarily arrested

On 16 September 2019 at 07:10

Rwanda has provided a list of Rwandans detained in Uganda and the Republic of Uganda committed to verify the information for the purpose of processing those named through a due judicial process and releasing those against whom no evidence of criminal conduct will have been found.

The release is among resolutions of first Rwanda-Uganda peace talks discussing the implementation of Memorandum of Understandings to end political turbulence recently signed in Angola.

Rwanda-Uganda delegations came up with a number of issues of mutual interest and concern between both countries.

Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa has said that they will proceed with the judicial process to make it possible.

When asked if Uganda tortures Rwandans detained in Uganda, Kutesa explained that they have come to Rwanda to assess each clause of signed MoUs.
He underscored that there is time to discuss all issues raised by Rwanda following the first meeting.

Commenting on whether Uganda hosts dissidents intending to destabilize Rwanda, Kutesa said that Uganda shall never accommodate people intending to destabilize neighbor’s security.

Rwanda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe explained that both countries will meet again in Kampala within 30 days to assess the implementation of today’s resolutions.

“There is a willingness to restore relations between Rwanda and Uganda citizens and be assured of their security,” he said.

Both countries agreed to follow due process in dealing with each other’s citizens; reiterated commitment to refraining from acts of destabilizing each other; finalize the extradition treaty in order to provide a framework for future exchange of criminal fugitives and cease all forms of hostile propaganda in both mainstream and social media.

Both countries also agreed that the issue of free movement of persons, goods, and services across the common border and other outstanding issues shall be discussed in the next meeting.

The next meeting will be held in Kampala, Uganda after 30 days to review the implementation progress of Luanda MoUs.

The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understandings between Rwanda and Uganda took place today in Kigali. The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of External Relations of Angola, Manuel Domingos Augusto and Gilbert Kankonde Malamba, the Deputy Prime Minister of Interior of DRC.

The Rwandan delegation was led by Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Minister of State in charge of the East African Community while Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs leads the Ugandan delegation.

Rwanda was also represented by Gen Maj Frank Mugambage, Rwanda’s ambassador to Uganda; the Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye; the Minister of Local Government, Prof. Shyaka Anastase; Gen Maj Joseph Nzabamwita, the Secretary-General of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and Col Anaclet Kalibata, the head of External Intelligence at NISS.

Uganda’s delegation also included the Minister of Defense, Gen. J.J Odongo Abu; Amb. Joseph Ocwet; the Director-General External Security Organisation (ESO), the State’s Attorney General, Byaruhanga and Uganda’s ambassador to Rwanda, Oliver Wonekha.

Facilitators included Angolan Ambassador to Rwanda, Horacio Uliengue; Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister and DRC Deputy Prime Minister and head of Intelligence Inzun Justin Kakiak.

Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda's Minister of State in charge of the East African Community (right), shakes hands with Ugandan Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kuteesa