Immigration officers in Mbarara have launched an operation to arrest and force illegal entries from Rwanda out of Uganda.
The operation involved police and military officials from Makenke Barracks.
The arrested were 95 Rwandans (women, men and their children) who were taken to Mbarara Police Station and later transported in two buses to Kagitumba border.
The operation started on Tuesday morning and by evening the Rwandans were already sent packing.
The 2nd Division Makenke Barracks Intelligence Officer, Fred Mushambo said many Rwandans are living illegally in Uganda and that if they are to conduct a national operation thousands would be deported.
Mushambo said Uganda is not a “dumping place for any person from any country” and that as security operatives they will not allow more illegal immigrants.
He said a number of them lacked identification particulars while others were involved in criminal activities.
They also, according to the intelligence officer, gave flimsy reasons for traveling to Uganda.
“We offloaded a Jaguar bus but it had 29 Rwandese and all of them were claiming to be paying a visit to Kampala as if all have no any other place to visit,” he said.
He added that most of them sneak into Uganda from gazzeted points without any identification.
However, journalists were blocked from covering the operation especially when it came to transporting the illegal entries back home late in the evening.
Rwandan officials told ChimpReports on condition of anonymity that “some people in the bus however reported that all the people had travel documents and valid coupons.”