Following the Ugandan government spokesman’s denying detention of Rwandan in Uganda, the Rwanda State Minister Nduhungirehe confirms that over 40 Rwandese are being held in Uganda detention centers.
Nduhungirehe was responding on Twitter to the address made by Uganda government spokesman Ofwono Opondo over the Uganda – Rwanda border situation.
Ofwono stated that there are no Rwandese in custody in the country.
“There’s no witch hunt for Rwandese in Uganda. There’s also nobody from Rwanda being held by the Ugandan authorities for any reason. We would like to send a clear message to Rwanda that there’s no one Uganda is harassing from Rwanda or has in custody”, he stated.
However, Nduhungirehe says the statements are ‘factually and demonstrably incorrect’. He claims more than Uganda is holding more than 40 Rwandese in detention.
“There are more than 40 Rwandan citizens languishing in cells of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and more than 800 Rwandans who were deported from or refused entry to Uganda since January 2018”, he stated.
He further added a list of people reportedly under detention.
As the answer to Nduhungirehe, Ofwono said in tweeter “ Thanks Minister, you would do your audience greater favour by providing details of the detained by name, ID and passport numbers and locations from where they were picked.
Nduhungirehe tweettered back: “ We did already and our countless notes verbales remain unanswered. You can start by the list below and contact our High Commission in #Kampala for further information. The families of the detained are getting worried about the fate of their loved ones. pic.twitter.com/BK8AiNFx8E”
The Rwanda border was closed four days ago. The authorities are restricting Rwandans from entering Uganda.
Also, trucks have been blocked from using the Katuna border for a longer route via Mirama Hills.
In an address to parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Ruhakhana Rugunda stated that the matter was being resolved. This information given to the Parliament is wrong since the situation on the ground remains the same.
The Express News