Log in
Free: The Observer Mobile App - Exclusive Content and Services

32 Rwandan nationals deported from Uganda

Some of the Rwandan and Congolese nationals arrested on Monday

Some of the Rwandan and Congolese nationals arrested on Monday

Up to 35 people, among them 32 Rwandan and three nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been deported from Uganda.

The deportees were arrested in a joint security operation involving the army and police in the areas of Russia, MuLine and Karumena in Kisoro district in the wee hours of Monday morning. The operation netted more than 200 people, some of who did not have any identification document.

After a screening exercise, most of them were released, while 39 of them, who were found to have entered Uganda illegally were arraigned before Kisoro Grade one magistrate, Raphael Vueni, on Tuesday and were charged with illegal entry into the country.

Three Rwandan suspects and a DRC national pleaded not guilty to the charges and were remanded to Kisoro government prison until December 18, 2019. The remaining 35 suspects pleaded guilty and asked for a pardon.

Magistrate Vueni remanded them to prison until yesterday Wednesday. Upon their appearance, the magistrate ordered Ugandan security and immigration teams to deport them to their respective countries saying that they should have followed proper procedures, to stay in Uganda.

 
Shortly after the decision, the 35 were whisked to Chanika and Bunagana border posts, where their deportation documents were processed.

However, Rwanda's New Times publication, on Tuesday reported that the operation was targeting Rwandans. According to the New Times, the suspects were gathered in one place, screened and then bundled onto garbage trucks which drove them to Kisoro police station. The New Times also claimed that some of those arrested were found to be DRC or Tanzanian nationals, who were subsequently set free.

But, Captain Peter Mugisha, the Kisoro resident district commissioner says that the operation is aimed at reducing rampant cases of murder, rape, robbery and theft among others in Kisoro district. According to Mugisha, residents had resorted to dispensing mob justice while accusing security agencies of failing to identify suspected criminals. About two weeks back, Rwanda deported three Ugandan nationals over illegal entry after shooting dead two over alleged smuggling. 

Uganda and Rwanda have been at loggerheads since the beginning of this year when the Kigali administration closed the one-stop border post at Gatuna. 

 

Comments

0 #1 Lakwena 2019-11-28 08:08
It is a pity that like on a quicksand; the relationship between Uganda and Rwanda is sinking very fast. Instead of deescalation of hostility, there is escalation of hostility and God and the Devil know where and when it will end.

In other words, Mr. M7's Hammurabi edict of an eye for an eye; tooth for tooth; lies for lies and deportation for deportation is at work.
Report to administrator
-2 #2 JonSs 2019-11-28 10:19
We ordinary people love our Rwandan brothers and sisters. Museveni and his friend can set a date aside to get into a boxing ring and resolve their personal grudges.

Nothing will stop people from Rwanda and Uganda intermixing. We have friends and relatives, wives and kids with these people. Leave us out of your petty squabbles
Report to administrator
+2 #3 Mubiru 2019-11-28 18:44
That's the memorandum of (mis) understanding signed by Kagame and Museveni being implemented, though criminals must be dealt with according to the law.

However the efforts of the security bodies to depot Abanywaranda are a waste of taxpayers' money when those "deported" will soon on Kampala streets after bribing their way back to Uganda.

Its not the so absence of the so called innovation that has killed Uganda as Matia Kasaija, Museveni's crony and "brown enveloped" with the Ministry of Finance bleats. It is the "innovation" of corruption, bribery, tribalism, nepotism and stealing of funds (the very DNA of NRM regime) from Kasaija's ministry . by the very people supposed to be the custodians of Uganda money that killed Uganda as soon as NRM "ate" in 1986.

With corruption and bribery, Uganda borders are just as imaginary as the Equator and deportations are mere political gimmicks to hoodwink suffering Ugandans.
Report to administrator
+1 #4 Kikomeko 2019-11-28 19:00
Funny enough Most of These so-called Rwandese and Congolese are living and Moving freely in Kampala with Ugandan Passports...Nobody ever asked them How they aquired them...

Poor Aronda Nyakairima lost his Dear Life when he raised this Argument of Infiltration...Fellow Wanainchi be Aware that our Country has been Sold Out...Chinese are feeling at Home Building their Future enclaves a là..Mirembe Villas on the Shores of Lake Victoria...They are even sellin Bi commandos on Kampala Streets..
Report to administrator
+2 #5 Lakwena 2019-11-28 19:02
Quoting JonSs:
We ordinary people love our Rwandan brothers and sisters. Museveni and his friend can set a date aside to get into a boxing ring and resolve their personal grudges.

Nothing will stop people from Rwanda and Uganda intermixing. We have friends and relatives, wives and kids with these people. Leave us out of your petty squabbles


JonSs, in order to rally the support of their citizens; these treacherous guys (Mr. M7 and Paul Kagame) are so paranoid about each, such that they pervert their personal vulnerability and insecurity into national insecurity.

In other words, they want to turn their personal sins into a collective sin/evil of the two countries sin/evil, so that there will be no one left innocent to throw the first "proverbial stone" at them.

E.g., Mr. M7 wants all Ugandan to undergo military training and do his dirty jobs, and whoever disobeys his orders, s/he will be court martialed.
Report to administrator
+1 #6 B4B 2019-11-29 02:50
Rwanda and Ugnada should fight a war. I will bet on the more powefull Rwanda troops to win the war.

They defeated the UPDF twice in the DRC, Kisangani. M7 never forqgets and forgive
Report to administrator
0 #7 rubangakene 2019-11-29 23:12
I think this is some knee-jerk decision, based on tit-for-tat for the on going stand-off with Rwanda, the Congolese being "scapegoats" to hide the true motive.

If we are serious about removing undesirable elements, there must be a well planned operation, starting from Kampala where "anybody goes"; Chinese road side meat roasters, Nigerian fraudsters, the list goes on.

This is the action of a failed state. One wonders whether we have some of these nationals in our Army, Police and Prison Services! THINK!!!
Report to administrator
0 #8 Pajok 2019-12-02 12:54
Poor Uganda were as Ugandan are critizing the government online Rwanda wont torolete it and that is wat Ugandan Love begs a question wat is it Ugandans want (Out of the comment people forget were as Museveni is bad we are disgusing the iSSUE wat about the other side)
Report to administrator

Comments are now closed for this entry

betPawa