Uganda authorities now jail Rwandan women and their little children

By Alex Muhumuza

In what is beginning to look like a wholesale targeting of Rwandan civilians by Ugandan security agencies, now even women and children are falling victim and spending time in jail.

Latest news from the border post of Cyanika between Uganda and Rwanda in Northern Province is that today, Wednesday 6, February, Uganda Police deported five Rwandans among them two children.

These Rwandans had been in police jail cells in Uganda’s Kisoro District for a number of days, ranging from 1 to 6 days. They say that they were released with no charges.

These include Namahoro Assuma, 37, of Musanze District. This lady had been in Uganda since 1997 in Masaka with her Ugandan husband. She had spent one day in Kisoro Police Station.

Another victim of the latest arbitrary arrests is Muhirwa J. Paul, 33, of Burera District. Muhirwa a trader was in Uganda for business when he was arrested in Kisoro and jailed for six days.

Yankurije Florentine, 33, was another lady who had travelled to Uganda because of familial ties. She has been in Bunyoro with her husband, and was visiting Rwanda when she was arrested on Tuesday, 2nd February in the Kisoro area. This lady who hails from Gakenke District spent one day in jail together with her child of 5 months, Kabalisa Jackson.

Another of the victims is Tuyisenge Beatrice, 30, of Rubavu District. She too was in the Kisoro Police station jail for one day, and she too was with her child, Irampumuriza Isaac of one year.

The fifth victim, Nyiramahirwe Annonciata, 29 of Burera District had gone to visit her brother in Kyankwanzi District in Uganda when she was arrested and she too spent one night in Kisoro Police Station.

Earlier in the day this website had brought you news of about a dozen other Rwandans in Kisoro that were taken off a Jaguar company bus travelling to Kampala and transferred to Kisoro Police Station. Our sources confirmed that they were arrested in a joint CMI, ISO and Police effort and currently are detained in unknown locations.

The security agencies as usual did not tell those people what they arrested them for, according to reliable information reaching us.

More and more Rwandans continue to fall victim to arbitrary arrests or abductions, and torture while in Uganda.