Uganda deports 11 Congolese for illegal entry

Congolese nationals intercepted at Murole trading centre in Rubanda district yesterday. (Courtesy photo)

Eleven DR Congo nationals including four adults and seven minors have been deported over illegal entry into Uganda.

They were intercepted yesterday (Saturday) morning at Murole Trading Centre in Rubanda District, according to the Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Elly Maate.

Mr Maate identifies the adult deportees as Frank Gataazi, 41, Patrick Ndabunguriye, 36, Shantari Ntasuku, 30, all residents South Kivu and Florence Zawadi, 28, a resident of Karambo in North Kivu.

They were intercepted while travelling in a Baby coach bus registration number UAU 522L and Malayika bus registration number UBB 992A from Kisoro to Kampala.

Mr Maate says that security officials were forced to intercept the two buses after receiving information that some non-Ugandans were onboard adding that all the arrested individuals had no travel documents and confessed to having beaten security at the porous border to cross into Uganda.

According to the police officer, security officials resolved to deport them through the Uganda- Democratic Republic of Congo border of Bunagana as a COVID-19 preventive measure.

In March, President Yoweri Museveni ordered the closure of all Ugandan borders as one of the preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) soldiers have been heavily deployed along Uganda-Rwanda and DR Congo border.

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