Rwanda arrests Ugandan businessmen

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A Rwanda-Uganda border at Kagitumba. Simmering tension is affecting movement of people and goods between the two neighbours.

Rwanda is holding three Ugandan businessmen for crossing the border to visit their relatives in Nyagatare district.

They are; Bosco Nkwasiibwe, a resident of Kamwezi sub-county in Rukiga district, Dauliano Orikurungi from Kabale district and Siliaco Orishaba from Rubanda district.

Peninah Karungi, a wife to Nkwasiibwe, told The Independent that the victims were arrested by Rwandan security operatives on Thursday morning.

She adds that their captors also confiscated an unspecified amount of Rwandan Francs from the victims.

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Rukiga District Vice Chairperson Jackson Muganiizi also told The Independent that the victims were arrested from Kamwezi while crossing back into Uganda from Nyagatare district in Rwanda, where they had gone to visit their relatives.

He adds that the three are now detained at Nyagatare district headquarters.

Their arrest comes at a time Uganda and Rwanda are negotiating a possible re-opening of the border at Gatuna, which has been closed for a year.

President Museveni and Kagame on Friday signed an extradition treaty for prisoners and agreed to release suspects being held in each country.  

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