A Rwandan national, who was arrested by security operatives last year after he was found loitering near an installation of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence, has been charged with illegal entry and stay in Uganda by the magistrates court in Nakawa.
Moses Ishimwe Rutare was arraigned before Fiona Angula, the Nakawa Grade one magistrate today but was later granted a Shs 2 million cash bail. His two sureties were asked to pay a non-cash bail.
The matter was adjourned to April, 1 .
Speaking to the Nile Post, Rutare’s lawyer, Daniel Walyemera said that his client was arrested in Bugolobi by security operatives as he reportedly lingered near a Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence installation.
“When they asked him to identify himself, he could not and was arrested,”Walyemera said.
He added that Ishimwe had entered Uganda in October 2018 before being arrested in December, noting that his stay in Uganda was legal because citizens from East African member states are allowed six months stay.
This incident comes at a time when Rwanda and Uganda are at loggerheads over several issues.
On Saturday while addressing a retreat of national leaders, Paul Kagame, the Rwanda president said his country had been “provoked” by Uganda that is why they had closed the Katuna border.
He claimed that a number of Rwanda nationals had been detained in military facilities in Uganda without any charge.
Uganda has since denied the claims, adding that all Rwandan nationals arrested have cases to answer and have since been arraigned in courts of law.