Uganda Wednesday released nine Rwandan nationals who have been languishing in the country’s prisons for various offences.
They are; Nelson Mugabo, Rtd Sgt Rene Rutagungira, Etienne Nsanzabahizi, Claude Yakalemye, Emmanuel Rwamuchwo, Augustine Rutayisire, Cpl Nzeyamana, Adrien Munyagabe, and Gilbert Urayeneza.
Brian Moogi, the lawyer representing Nsanzabahizi and Rwamuchwo, said the release of his clients was political, and not judicial.
Rutagungira and Yakalemye were accused of having participated in the kidnap of Rwandan refugees who were forcibly and illegally repatriated back.
President Kagame had previously said he had talked to President Museveni about the arrest of Rutagungira arrested in 2014.
Speaking at a joint press conference, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa said they expect Rwanda to reciprocate.
Rwandan High Commissioner to Uganda, Maj Gen Frank Mugambage, insisted that Uganda has to do more before the common border at Katuna is reopened.
Rwanda closed its border with Uganda at Gatuna in February 2019, barring any movement of merchandise from Uganda.