Rwanda releases 4 Ugandans from prison

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The Katuna border post between Rwanda & Uganda

Rwanda has released from prison and deported four Ugandans who have been in detention at Murindi police station.

They are; Ernest Agaba, 24, Samuel Arineitwe, 24, Ernest Bangirana, 41, and Ambrose Twesigomwe, 39.

Speaking to journalists at Katuna border post on Saturday morning, the four said they have in detention for seven days.

They were arrested last Saturday (January 4) by Rwandan security officials that later taken to Murindi police station.

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“We had crossed into Rwanda to look for our relative is mentally ill. At the time of our arrest, we did not know that we were on Rwandan soil,” Bangirana told press.

On reaching Gatuna, the Rwandan security officials took their photographs, photocopied their national identity cards before they handed them over to the Ugandan immigration officials.

Bangirana and Twesigomwe are residents of Rugarama village, Buhara Sub County in Kabale District while Agaba is a resident of Mubungo village in Buhara Sub County Kabale District.

Arineitwe is a resident of Mayengo village in Katuna town council.

Agaba, on the other hand, had crossed to Rwanda to visit his grandfather who stays at Gatoma village in Kizinga on December 29, 2019.

Arineitwe said he was arrested on Saturday as he transported a passenger on his bicycle into Rwanda from Katuna town council.

All the victims told the journalists that they survived on boiled maize and beans served daily by police authorities.

They were not tortured or mistreated but given 20 liters of water per day.

This comes shortly after Uganda also released nine Rwandans who had been languishing in prisons.

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