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More Ugandans have left Rwandan state newspaper, The New Times, Chimp Corps report.

Company Managing Editor, Collins Haba recently said in a statement that the publication was undergoing a “restructuring exercise” caused by tough economic conditions.

He said this led to the laying off of staff some of whom included Ugandan journalists.

The Human Resource office, according to Haba, will process the affected employees’ terminal benefits in accordance with the Rwandan labor laws.

ChimpReports understands two more salesmen identified Tom Kakyomya and Eric Byaruhanga were this week asked to leave the publishing company.

Some of the staff members said New Times management should have issued a three-month notice before reliving them of their duties.

They further claim harassment at their workplaces. Some Ugandans had their computers subjected to forensic investigations.

The affected staff also expressed concern they could not access their social security benefits.

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“When your contract in Rwanda expires, you have to return to your country. Unlike in other countries where you can apply for your social security benefits, in Rwanda you are required to wait until you have clocked the retirement age and return to claim,” said one of the affected staff who preferred anonymity to speak freely.

“In other East African countries, foreigners access benefits immediately they are done and headed back.”

Ugandans in other Rwandan organisations have been asked to leave under suspicious circumstances.

About 21 Ugandan teachers working in Rwanda were reportedly sacked and told to sign prepared resignation letters.

Kagame speaks out

The incidents come just a few days after Rwandan President Paul Kagame reassured that bilateral ties with Uganda were being strengthened.

Speaking to the media after meeting with President Museveni at State House Entebbe, President Kagame dismissed claims of unfair treatment of Ugandan nationals in Rwanda.

“Many things are said, sometimes out of context,” said Kagame when asked by ChimpReports to speak about alleged unfair sackings of Ugandans in Rwanda.

“We have agreed that relevant institutions on both sides should swiftly get together and get to the bottom of each specific allegation,” he added.

President Museveni said Uganda’s relations with Rwanda were “okay” despite a few challenges.

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