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Detained Rwandans handed over to Immigration officials

Rwenzori East RPC Vincent Mwesigye arrested Rwandans were handed over to immigration. (COURTESY PHOTO)

KASESE – Police in Kasese have handed over 44 Rwandans who were arrested on Thursday, April 4 in Queen Elizabeth national park to Immigration Department officials.

The Rwandans were arrested near Kazinga Channel on the Kasese-Mbarara Road, as they attempted to enter Kasese District.

Mr. Vincent Mwesigye, the Rwenzori East Regional Police Commander says that the Rwandans who were travelling in two overloaded mini-buses were intercepted by police traffic officers.

He said that when they were asked to identify themselves, they all produced Rwandan identity cards but had no immigration documents allowing them entry into Uganda.

Mr. Mwesigye says that these were handed to the immigration department to guide them on how to attain documents that would enable them to be in Uganda legally.

Also read: Over 40 Rwandan nationals arrested in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Receiving the Rwandans, Ms Joyce Kabasongora, the Rwenzori Region Senior Immigration Officer, said the Rwandan nationals would be taken to the Katuna border post where they claim to have passed.

She says that investigations would also be carried out to establish how the Rwandans crossed the border without the requisite documents.

Uganda and Rwanda have been experiencing hostile relations following the closure of Katuna and Chanika borders in Kabale and Kisoro districts, respectively.

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