KISORO – 39 people including 35 Rwandan and four Congolese nationals who were arrested by a joint security operation in Kisoro district have on Tuesday, November 26 afternoon appeared before Kisoro Magistrate’s Court to answer charges of illegal entry.
The joint security operation which included Uganda Peoples Defense Forces and Uganda Police Force started in the wee hours of Monday morning in Kisoro municipality especially in areas of Russia, MuLine and Karumena left over 200 people arrested.
Security operatives were tasking people to present their National Identity Cards and those who never had them were netted. After screening, many were released and only 39 were detained.
The 39 appeared before Kisoro Grade One Magistrate his Worship Raphael Vueni under tight security where they were charged with illegal entry.
Three Rwandan and one Congolese nationals pleaded not guilty while the rest pleaded guilty of the charges and asked for forgiveness.
His Worship Vueni remanded three Rwandan and one Congolese national to Kisoro Government Prison until December 18, 2019. Vueni remanded the rest until Wednesday, November 27, 2019 when they will re-appear in court to hear their judgment.
The Kisoro Resident District Commissioner Captain Peter Mugisha says that “the operations will continue and they are aimed at reducing rampant cases of insecurity like murder, rape, robbery and theft among others in Kisoro district”.
According to him, “Kisoro residents had previously resorted to mob justice accusing security operatives for not helping them identify criminals in their area”.
The development comes at the peak of Uganda Rwanda conflict which sparked the closure of GATUNA BOARDER in February and the deteriorating relationship between the countries that were the best allies.