By Elly Katahinga
At least 70 Rwandan citizens have been deported back to the country after they were intercepted in Ntungamo for illegally accessing the country.
The 70 include 31 children and 28 women who were intercepted in taxis and buses coming from Rwanda without official documents allegedly with intentions to permanently stay in the country.
The Ntungamo district police commander Mr. Baker Kawonawo says while the East Africa Community protocol allows movement of people across borders using respective national Identity cards, there is increasing suspicion of why the Rwandans are entering the country in numbers and crossing through illegal entry points while they are not charged to cross on regular and legal boarder points.
The 70 were produced in Ntungamo grade I Magistrate’s court on January 20 and January 25 admitting to charges of illegal entry. They were cautioned and ordered for deportation.
Kawonawo says most of the deported claim to be visiting friends with in the country but on interrogation tell police that they are following families that have already acquired land and settled in the country in areas of Bunyoro and Toro region where they are going to settle permanently.