Uganda has handed over 13 Rwandan nationals to the Rwandan Embassy in Uganda.
They were held under extreme conditions with Uganda claiming they were spies.
Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa told journalists that the release of Rwandans is aimed; “to clear the way to normalise relations,” that have been on a downfall.
The decision comes ahead of a meeting between President Paul Kagame and Uganda’s Kaguta Museveni at the Gatuna border on Feb 21.
“At the last meeting which took place in Kigali, on February 14, 2020, a lot of progress was realized in identifying concrete steps that needed to be taken on both sides in order to consolidate the rebuilding of goodwill as envisaged in the Luanda MoU,” Uganda said in a statement.
“Arising from these discussions, and as further gesture of goodwill, the Uganda Government has decided to release 13 more Rwandan nationals, in addition to the 9 that were released on the 8th of January 2020,” the statement said.
Those released include Ntirushwa Maboko, Jean Bosco Habumugisha and Narcisse Ukwigize. The trio were released with their respective wives, Ancilla Ukwitegetse, Christine Mukamazima and Hyacinthe Dusengeyezu.
Implementation of the LUANDA agreements still under process,This is another step,but releasing(9+13 innocent Rda-ns) is not enough,Please release more hundred..! @ellen_kampire @nyamadon @adoniaayebare @StateHouseUg @KagutaMuseveni @PoliceUg @UgandaMediaCent @UGgov @ChimpReports pic.twitter.com/pYtGYw9Pe2
— Heritier (@HeritierRW) February 18, 2020