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Uganda deports two Rwandans after allegedly detaining and torturing them for weeks

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Two Rwandans were admitted to a local hospital in the North Eastern part of their country after they were allegedly detained and badly tortured for several weeks, before being deported from Uganda.

They two were handed over to Rwandan authorities at Kagitumba border in Nyagatare District, North Eastern Rwanda, a senior local administrative official in the region confirmed on Monday, 25 November 2019.

The deportation of these Rwandan nationals from Uganda comes after three Rwandans were deported after they were tortured and harassed in Uganda last week.

In August this year, Rwanda’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Regional Cooperation and EAC affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe, asked people to desist from travelling to Uganda because of safety concerns, just a day after Uganda and Rwanda had mended fences at a regional summit in Luanda.

“There are still some issues to be resolved between the two countries before people start travelling to Uganda,” the Rwandan senior government official said, while referring to several dozens of Rwandan citizens who are currently detained in Ugandan prisons.

In August this year, Rwandan President Paul Kagame met his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, in the Angolan capital city Luanda, where the two leaders signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at smoothing out relations between the two countries.

In a statement issued at the end of their meeting, “the summit welcomed the political will of (Rwanda and Uganda) to continue dialogue with a view to finding a solution to existing problems.”

The authorities in Kampala were accused of hosting, sponsoring, and abetting armed militias – more specifically the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) who are waging a war on the government in Kigali. Kampala denies the accusations. 

– APA 

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