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Rwanda promises not to return 'evil treatment' to Uganda

The Rwandan minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo has said that her government is saddened by the recent behaviour of its neighbour, Uganda over the treatment of Rwandan nationals.

In a press briefing today, Tuesday, Mushikiwabo said Rwanda will not reciprocate illegal detentions, deportations and torture subjected to Rwandan nationals to Ugandan nationals living in Rwanda.

Rwandan minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo

According to Kigali Today (KT Press), Rwanda will instead continue to engage the Ugandan authorities on how to resolve the issues at hand.

“We share a lot in common with Ugandans. We share the same blood. Rwandans cannot hurt Ugandans,” Mushikiwabo is quoted as saying.

Adding; "The problems between the two countries definitely affected the implementation of some regional projects. But there's continued diplomatic push to ensure they are realised....We hope that these problems will eventually pass and our ties normalise. There is a lot that bind us together."

There has been rising tensions between the two East African countries since last year. The tensions even led to the closure of a Ugandan tabloid, Red Pepper in November 2017 after it reported that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, with the help of his brother Gen Salim Saleh were plotting to overthrow Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Both countries have since detained several of each other's citizens believed to be spies or crossed the borders illegally. On December 28 last year, 45 Rwandans were charged for terrorism before Mbarara Grade One magistrate Daphine Ayebale who remanded them to Mbarara Central Prison.

The group had spent over two weeks at Nalufenya detention facility in Jinja following their arrest at Kikagati border point in Isingiro district.

As the 45 were being arraigned before court, another group of five Rwandan nationals – Freddy Turatsinze, Jessica Muhongerwa, Vanessa Gasaro, Dianne Kamikazi and Herbert Munyangaju – was being deported.

The families of the detained Rwandan nationals threatened to sue Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi over what they term as illegal detention.

When Uganda Museveni sacked former police chief Gen Kale Kayihura a fortnight ago, it was suggested by some sections in government that one of the reasons was because Kayihura was spying for Rwandan government. 

A few days later while addressing the nation on International Women's Day, Museveni said police had been “infiltrated by bean weevils”, a statement some thought was in reference to Rwandan spies.


0 #11 BAK 21 2018-03-14 17:41
let me hope that will give out Ugandan from chewing matooke
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0 #12 Empayippayi 2018-03-14 18:22
Uganda calls Rwandese spies "Kawukuumi" (bean weevils) and I bet my ass Rwanda calls Ugandan spies "Inyenze" (cockroaches).
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0 #13 Akot 2018-03-14 18:38
gwok, agred, yet,

While Kagame & museveni can't live & work together in Rwanda, their country, it appears they are showing each other who is a better tribalist dictator than the other!

The only difference is that Kagame is at home!

But things will be different when Ugandans filanise conquest & make museveni owner of Uganda!

Yet Unity of Ugandans will throw museveni out & stop him using them to own their country!

As it is, Ugandans want musevni to own their country & are really helping him without stopping 1 minute to think of what they are doing & the consequences to them & their children!
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0 #14 Akot 2018-03-14 18:48
Lysol, agreed, but,

Don't forget Kagame has the tribe he wants, while the tribe that wants museveni are in Uganda waiting for him to finalise conquest so that they too have their own country!

Yet, we should not forget Rwandese fighting DRCongo power hungry Kabila while pretending to be Uganda rebels: why would Uganda rebels fight DRCongo president?

This also means there are 3 Rwandese factions:

- Those with Kagame in Rwanda,

- Those with museveni in Uganda, &

- Those fighting in DRCongo!

Ugandans MUST WAKE UP before it's too late!
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