By our news team
Uganda has just released 32 Rwandan nationals, who this Thursday 12 have crossed the border into Rwanda at Kagitumba Border Post. This is after long periods of Kampala denying that it was holding multitudes of Rwandans in illegal detention and in inhumane conditions. The released people were held by Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, CMI.
This development follows tireless efforts by the Rwandan leadership to get her innocent citizens – all of whom have suffered abductions on trumped up charges – either freed, or their cases heard in court.
Ugandan authorities like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government Spokesperson have all along been denying the presence of huge numbers of illegally imprisoned Rwandans in their country, while at the same time insinuating that whichever Rwandan was arrested, it was “because they had committed crimes!” These acts of “extreme bad faith in labeling people “criminals”, “spies”, or “illegal entrants”, while never giving them a chance to defend themselves prompted Rwanda in March this year to issue a strong advisory against her citizens crossing to Uganda.
It was a factor that caused a big plunge in Uganda-Rwanda trade, with businesses from the neighboring country sustaining heavy losses, and border towns along the Ugandan side virtually becoming ghost towns. Current news is that next Monday, 16 September, a Ugandan delegation will be in Kigali to discuss the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding – recently signed in Angola to address the current strained relations between the two countries.
This is a developing story, and we shall bring you the latest news as it comes in.