I can’t tell Rwandans they are safe in Uganda -Kagame tells Diplomats

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Rwanda President Paul Kagame; Courtesy Photo

Rwanda president Paul Kagame has told diplomats in Kigali that he is not going to tell his citizens to return to Uganda because he has no control over their safety outside their home country.

Addressing diplomats at State House in Kigali on Wednesday, Mr Kagame said there are still hundreds of Rwandans in Ugandan jails and that telling his people they were safe in Kampala would be a lie.

This perhaps gave the clearest hint on the progress of the efforts to resolve the dispute between Rwanda and Uganda, indicating the two countries are far from reaching a resolution.

“There is always going to be work to do. We have had hundreds of Rwandans arrested in Uganda. And we have raised this matter with Ugandan authorities. We have families of hundreds of families coming and appealing to us asking ‘why you don’t ask Uganda to release our people” Kagame said.

“Treat your neighbor as you want to be treated. Not just hunt people from the neighboring country so badly and then go back and say these border issues are rubbish and nonsense.

He said Ugandans can freely go to Rwanda and that ‘they have been coming.’ And the only border that is closed is Gatuna. Kagitumba and Cyanika while others are being used.

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