Uganda’s CMI raids Kampala Church, arrests over 40 Rwandans
About 40 Rwandan nationals have been arrested in Kibuye, a Kampala suburb in a joint operation between the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and Police, authorities have told the Daily Monitor, Uganda based newspaper.
The operation was conducted at an unidentified church located on the first floor of the Joinus building at Kibuye on Entebbe Road, with a membership of only Rwandan citizens.
The UPDF soldiers first cordoned off the scene where the group was allegedly holding a meeting before ordering them out. Whoever stepped of the church was ordered to board a waiting van.
According to Daily Monitor, the reporter could not establish where the group was held.
Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Patrick Onyango has confirmed the arrests and explained that police only played “a supportive role” in the operation.
“We only played a supportive role. For details, I ask that you speak to my senior colleague in the UPDF,” Mr. Onyango said.
When contacted for details, the UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, declined to divulge details of the arrests.
"This is an ongoing operation, I cannot give details right now because it will jeopardize the operation," Brig Karemire said.
A source in security told the Daily Monitor that the suspects were a security threat but it did not elaborate on the nature of the threat they posed.
"Most of the people we arrested were Rwandans but they had Ugandan National identification cards which were found to be fake," the source said.
When contacted Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda, Frank Mugambage, through his official telephone line, the person who answered said; ’I am not available."
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.