The 9 Rwandans were handed over to Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda Frank Mugambage this morning, during a press conference at Uganda Media Center that was chaired by Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa.
They are the first Rwandans who are legally repatriated since the Rwanda-Uganda conflict sparked given that others were tortured, looted and forcefully chased from Uganda and or dumped at the border posts.
Minister Kutesa said that the 9 Rwandans were released as a result of recent discussions between Uganda’s special envoy, Ambassador Adonia Ayebare and President Kagame.
“Ambassador Ayebare was sent to Rwanda with a message from President Museveni and as you can notice, all this is a result of the discussions they had.”
Ambassador Mugambage said it is a sign of goodwill to solve the conflict on Uganda’s part and that there is hope that the latter will also stop supporting anti-Rwanda terrorist groups.
The state minister in the Ministry of foreign affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe showed gratitude for the release of the seven innocent Rwandans but told the media that there are many other Rwandans still under arbitrary arrest in Uganda.
Arresting and torturing Rwandans, hindering trade between Rwanda and Uganda and supporting anti-Rwanda terrorist groups including RNC and FDLR are among the main accusations Rwanda holds against Uganda.
After Luanda agreements that aimed at ceasing the hostilities between Rwanda and Uganda, Rwanda demanded the release of its citizens that are held in captivity in Uganda before any further resolution was implemented.
In December 2019, President Kagame hosted President Uganda’s special envoy, Ambassador Adonia Ayebare where it was announced that there was hope for the two countries to regain good relations.