80 Rwandans return after release from Uganda jails

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Some 80 Rwandans returned home on Monday after their release from Ugandan jails in latest step toward normalizing relations between the two countries.

At least 130 Rwandans are expected to be released with the second batch expected to arrive home on Tuesday.

Last Thursday, Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa said his country would release 130 Rwandans this week while another 310 will remain in Uganda to face varying charges.

Following a meeting of the 4th Ad Hoc Commission, Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta said the release was a “good step,” even when “there are other issues Rwanda raised which are yet be addressed such as aggressive media campaign against Rwanda and the arrests which are yet to stop.”

Rwanda maintains that there are more of Rwandans still detained in Ugandan jails without trial.

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