Rwanda urges Uganda to free her detained nationals


Rwanda Government has urged northern neighbour, Uganda to release all detained Rwanda nationals in its cells.

Speaking during the handover of the body of a Rwandan national who was shot dead in Uganda at the weekend, the Mayor of Nyagatare District, Claudian Mushabe, yesterday called on Uganda to release the recent arrested duo that  Rwanda police said announced  Pierre Samvura, 47, and Eric Habiyaremye.

“We are grateful to the Ugandan government for having bothered to bring the body of our Rwandan national that died that side. I appeal to the Ugandan government in the same spirit to bring to us all the Rwandan nationals that are currently detained in your security cells,” Mayor Mushabe said.

“Even yesterday you arrested other two Rwandans from Kamwezi in Rukiga District,” he added as he received the body of the deceased Rwandan shot by own country security operatives.

Answering what was the duo doing in Uganda, Mushabe denied they were security operatives. He challenged the Ugandan authorities to prove that the detained Rwandans are soldiers and name the barracks where they are attached.

However, Ugandan security sources insisted the arrested Rwandans were on espionage and had been transferred to Kampala for “further management.”

Rwanda insisted there about 200 Rwandans in Uganda prison cells. Uganda denies allegations.



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