On July 22, security officers from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and police raided a Pentecostal church in Kibuye in Kampala and arrested about 40 Rwandans who were reportedly worshipping. The suspects were rounded up and taken to an unknown destination and are still in custody to date without any known charge against them.
The army has declined to reveal the offences the suspects are accused of or where they are being detained, 10 days after the arrest. It is not clear whether they have been granted access to legal or consular services or their families.
This comes at a time when Rwanda and Uganda are trying to mend their icy relations, which have seen the common border at Gatuna closed to bilateral trade and movements.
During the recent African Union summit in Luanda, Angola both presidents of Rwanda and Uganda met under the auspices of the host Angolan president and discussed normalisation of the two countries’ relations, which process is already in motion.
This was reiterated by President Museveni, while speaking in Kigezi on Tuesday, that he had met his Rwandan counterpart in Angola and the duo discussed the border issue.
“Leave it with us. Talks shall continue until the matter is completely resolved,” Mr Museveni told the press at State Lodge in Kabale after meeting leaders in Kigezi sub-region.
The continued unexplained detention of Rwandan nationals for unknown charges and in unknown places could scupper the prospects of the ongoing discussions between the two sister countries and derail the whole process.