KAGADI – A court in Kagadi district has ordered for the deportation of eight Rwandese nationals for entering Uganda illegally.
Grade One magistrate Simon Toloko made the ruling after the group admitted that they were arrested without travel documents at Kagadi Bus Park in Kagadi Town Council on Monday.
They are Christopher Ngarukiyintware, Elizabeth Hatashimana, Sibobugingo Amiyeri, Focus Ntakyobitwaya, Ivarise Nayiture, Topheli Ufutimaana, Fativa Njawendorohondi, and Tohofire Nijirimaana.
The magistrate then ordered police to deport them.
The court order comes weeks after police in Kigezi region intercepted another 72 Rwandese nationals who were travelling in 2 buses and deported them over lack of travel documents.
The deportations have stoked diplomatic tensions between the two countries. Two weeks ago, Rwanda High Commissioner Frank Mugambage protested what he called the continued arrest of Rwanda citizens by the Kampala government.
Mugambage also claimed that the Kampala government has failed to investigate terror groups working within Uganda with plans to attack Rwanda.
“The cases we have put before the (Uganda authorities) of Rwandans that have been arrested and when families come to us that our people have been arrested, we do not know where they are and their cases. It is important that we resolve this. Even cases of terrorists elements I have mentioned it to them so it’s important that we follow up,” he said.
He made the remarks during Rwanda’s 24th liberation celebrations held at his residence in Kololo.