The Rwandan government has Friday issued a travel advisory for its citizens wishing to travel to Uganda, saying they risk harassment.
The warning issued by Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Richard Sezibera marks an escalation in the tension between Rwanda and Uganda.
“Rwandans are strongly advised NOT to travel to Uganda due to ongoing arrests, harassment, torture, Incarceration without consular access, deportation etc,” said Sezibera.
“This is for their own security. Ugandans in Rwanda or travelling through Rwanda are safe,” he added.
It remains unclear whether the Rwandan government will advise over one million Rwandans in Uganda to return home.
Ugandan authorities today released Rwandan national Donne Kayibanda who was detained over unknown charges in January.
Meanwhile, Sezibera said all Rwanda’s borders are open.
“Trucks and heavy vehicles are advised to use Kagitumba due to ongoing construction at Gatuna,” said Sezibera.
He didn’t regret the inconveniences caused to Ugandan drivers and passengers.
Uganda this week protested Rwanda’s blockade at Gatuna which was issued without prior notification to Ugandan authorities.