Although Uganda has deported 32 Rwandan nationals that have been suffering torture from security dungeons for over two years, many are still illegally detained. Uganda still incarcerates hundreds of innocent Rwandans who are tortured day and night in different prisons in Uganda.
Augustin Rutayisire, is one of the Rwandan nationals who have been held incommunicado for over a year and has been tortured by Uganda security agents. According to Virunga Post, Rutayisire has not been allowed a mattress and is sleeping on the cold floor. He was beaten and kicked by some prison officers and sustained injuries in the chest, around the waist and the back, and now he is coughing blood.
Augustin, just like other innocent Rwandans, is still detained in Luzira prison and has never been brought to trial. A number of these innocent Rwandans are falsely accused of illegal entry however, Rutayisire’s case is a different story. He was allegedly accused of “involvement in robbery plotting” after his money was robbed from him but because they didn’t want him reclaiming that money, they arrested them on false accusations of “possession of war weapons.”
Next week, Rwandan and Ugandan officials will meet in Kigali for the implementation of Memorandum of Understanding that took place in Luanda, Angola. The Ugandan effort to release 32 Rwandans is appreciated but 32 is not all. Rutayisire who is at a point of losing his life and his fellow innocent Rwandans must be released.