44 Rwandans face deportation for illegal entry in Uganda

44 Rwandans face deportation for illegal entry in Uganda
Uganda-Rwanda Border

Police in Kasese have handed over 44 Rwandans to immigration officials for deportation.

The Rwandans were arrested on Wednesday evening at the Kazinga Channel Katunguru along the Kasese-Mbarara Road as they attempted to enter Kasese district.

According to Rwenzori East Regional Police Commander Vincent Mwesigye, the Rwandans were initially intercepted by traffic officers. They were traveling in two overloaded passenger mini-buses registration number UBA 841D and UBC 325P.

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

Mwesigye says that in the spirit of East African brotherhood, they were handing them to the immigration department to guide them on how to attain documents to enable them to be in Uganda legally.

Receiving the Rwandans, Joyce Kabasongora, the Rwenzori Region Senior Immigration Officer, said the Rwandan nationals will be taken to the Katuna border post, the border between Uganda and Rwanda 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 lately experiencing hostile relations following the closure of Gatuna border post in Kabale.