Kagame: Why Rwandan Students Sought Asylum In Uganda


approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Uganda Police early this week said they were holding 16 students who came from Rwanda before reporting at Old Kampala Police Station where they requested to be facilitated for asylum.

The students claimed they were being witch hunted by their government, especially a one Ngarambe at the Rwandan embassy in Kampala.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Idi Ibin Ssenkumbi said 14 of the students were male and two females.

“They have been interrogated and in the meantime police is still taking care of them. If they deserve asylum, it will be extended to them but if we find out that they don’t deserve it, they will be deported to their country,” said Ssenkumbi.

However, briefing print and broadcast editors in Kigali on Saturday, Kagame said that it was unacceptable for people to turn criminality into reasons to seek for asylum.

“These are part of 574 students who were studying at informal ‘coaching centres’, and through the proprietors of these centres, bribed head teachers of formal schools to register them as fulltime candidates to sit for senior six exams,” said Kagame.

“When the Rwanda Examinations Council discovered these malpractices, the results were cancelled, and the students were asked to re-sit the exams.”

He further noted that “16 decided to flee and seek asylum in Uganda.”

Kagame has in the past said some Rwandans flee in fear of being prosecuted for crimes committed in the country.

He recently cited former army Chief of Staff, Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa among others.

“It should be unacceptable that criminality is accepted as ground for refugee status,” said Kagame.

Uganda is yet to determine whether to deport the Rwandan students.


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