New Vision (Kampala)

14 January 2013

Uganda: Police Deports Rwandese Without Travel Documents

A total of 40 Rwandese were handed over to the Rwanda immigration department at Chanika on the Uganda-Rwanda border on Friday.

They were found without travel documents in Kisoro town, Kisoro district at night in a Kampala bound bus.

Kisoro deputy resident district commissioner Gideon Aheebwa said the Rwandaese came to Uganda in big numbers in buses every day. "They are free to return as long as they have travel documents," Aheebwa told the Rwanda immigration officers who received their citizens.

The district Police commander Bosco Otim said the Rwandese, most of them with their families, said they were heading to Kampala, Kiboga, Kibaale and Kyankwanzi districts and other parts of Buganda to look for casual labour.

Meanwhile the residents of Kisoro have asked government to intensify operations to hunt down illegal immigrants whom they said had infiltrated every village in the district in large numbers.

Speaking to the district leaders, residents of Chanika alleged that the immigrants were notorious for house breaking, adultery and violence.

"They freely enter Uganda, marry, steal our property, corrupt our wives, assault us and get away with it," said Isaac Muhiire a trader at Chanika.

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