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Uganda Frees Detained Rwandan

Ugandan authorities have released a Rwandan national who was in January picked from Kisaasi, Kampala before being detained over unknown charges. 

Rogers Donne Kayibanda arrived in Uganda on January 10, 2019 to attend the civil wedding of his brother which took place the following day.

Rwanda’s Junior Foreign Minister, Olivier Nduhungirehe said then that Kayibanda was “kidnapped after the ceremony in Kisaasi, a Kamala suburb by CMI (Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence) operatives.”

Ugandan authorities did not speak out then over the detention of Kayibanda.

Julian Ingabire, the sister of Kayibanda, said Friday that “This morning Donne Kayibanda was freed with another gentleman and are safely back in Rwanda.”

She added: “We thank God for their safe release.“

The incident comes amid heightened tensions between Uganda and Rwanda. 

Uganda this week accused Rwanda of blocking Ugandans from crossing to Rwanda at several border points including Gatuna in Kabale and Cyanika in Kisoro. 

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Rwanda explained that it was undertaking construction works on the road near the border with Uganda.

But Ugandans wondered why Rwanda had not communicated earlier to avoid inconveniencing truck drivers and passengers.

Additionally, Rwanda did not explain why most Rwandans traveling to Uganda on Thursday were blocked at the border.

The tension between Uganda and Rwanda threatens the future of the East African Community. 

Rwanda says its citizens continue to be mistreated in Uganda despite Kigali’s diplomatic efforts to diffuse the tension.

Ugandan officials quietly say Rwanda is yet to stop sending spies to Uganda, some of whom are suspected of creating cells to destabilize the country.

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