Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Uganda is spilling oil on fire by arresting three Burundians in Ugandan refugee camps for allegedly spying on behalf of belligerent Rwanda, ADV learned Thursday.
The Senegal-based African Press Agency correspondent in Kigali said that the alleged spies were picked up in western Uganda refugee camps.
The names and other details of those arrested were not immediately known nor the place where they were being detained.
The move comes fresh on the heels of the accusations by Rwanda that Uganda was detaining several hundreds of its nationals while those released showed signs of torture which Rwanda is threatening to retaliate.
Rwandan Government says at least 106 Rwandan nationals are currently being held in Uganda without access to consular of legal support.
“We do not even challenge the right of Uganda to arrest people if they think they are criminals. That is not the issue.
“The issue is that if you arrest somebody, you should take them through due process,” the African Press Agency correspondent in Kigali quoted a top Rwandan diplomat as telling reporters this week in Kigali.
In response, the sources quoted a senior Ugandan official as saying that if there were Rwandese nationals in some prisons somewhere it is because they allegedly broke some laws that govern this land (Uganda) and as such, these culprits were subject to facing court action.
Rwandan authorities had attributed the closure of the one-stop land border with Uganda to road maintenance, but ADV learned Tuesday that Rwanda’s action was due to hostility from Uganda.
On Monday, hundreds of vehicles remained blocked for a week while waiting for a green light to enter Rwanda, causing untold suffering to passengers and millions of dollars of losses in perishable goods.
The closure of the border comes against the backdrop of simmering tensions between the two neighbours with Kigali accusing Kampala of aiding dissidents fighting to bring down the government of President Paul Kagame.
On Friday last week, the Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Richard Sezibera released a tweet warning his compatriots against travelling to Uganda due to what he called “hostility” from its neighbor.
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