Ugandan tribunal charges 8 over illegal deportation of Rwandan asylum seekers

Asylum seekers demonstrating against deportation deal. Photo : The Times of Israel

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Tension is mounting unabatedly between Uganda and Rwanda with the header this week when a military tribunal in Kampala charged eight security officers.

The eight, including a military colonel and seven police officers, have been charged for their alleged involvement in abducting and illegally repatriating Rwandan asylum seekers to Kigali, sources quoted military prosecutor Major Raphael Magezi as saying on Thursday.

The accused allegedly handed over a former security officer Joel Mutabazi and his brother Jackson Kalemera forcibly, to the Kigali government in 2013 in spite of their asylum status in Uganda.

Upon arrival in Kigali, Mutabazi who reports said was formerly one of Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s bodyguards, was imprisoned on terrorism and murder charges and is currently serves a life sentence while his brother had since disappeared after charges against him were dropped in 2015.

African News quoted opposition dissidents as believing that Kalemera was murdered apparently by Rwandan agents.

Since over a decade, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who mentored Rwandan President Paul Kagame, have been trading accusations of each other backing dissident activities in their countries.

But analysts believe this could just a plot to hoodwink the international community as the two former military officers remain best of buddies.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng