Tugume KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Several Rwandans have been arrested
in an operation conducted by the army in the suburbs
of Uganda’s capital of Kampala.
Deo Akiiki, deputy army spokesman, told Xinhua by
telephone on Wednesday that "some Rwandans" were in
their custody following the operation that targeted
a church in one of the city’s suburbs.
Akiiki said the operation was still ongoing.
"It is true we carried out an operation today and
because of the sensitivity of the matter, we cannot
divulge any further details," he said.
"What you should know is that we have arrested
some Rwandans," Akiiki said when asked about the
number of Rwandans in their custody.
The local Daily Monitor newspaper reported that
over 40 Rwandans were arrested and were found with
fake Ugandan national identity cards.
In April, more than 40 Rwandans were arrested in
the western district of Kasese.
Although they were found to be in possession of
valid Rwandan national identification cards, they
did not have permission to enter Uganda.
The group was later released and sent back to
citizens against unnecessary travel to
Republic of the Congo’s eastern city of Goma
after Ebola outbreak
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua)
-- Rwandan health ministry
on Monday warned Rwandans against unnecessary travel
to Goma, an eastern city of Rwanda’s neighboring
country Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),
following the first confirmed Ebola case there.
Goma shares the border with western Rwanda’s
Rubavu district with daily border crossings between
the two countries estimated at about 100,000 people,
according to Rwanda’s emigration authority.
"This Ebola epidemic is yet to stop and now it
has reached close to Rwanda.
"There is need to be more vigilant and to avoid
unnecessary visits to Goma," Rwandan health minister
Diane Gashumba told a news briefing when touring
The minister on Monday visited the border
district to assess the effectiveness of measures
which were put in place by the government to avoid
possible spread of the disease in the country such
as screening of travellers entering Rwanda.
The border remains open but goods normally
purchased in DRC by Rwandan people can be sourced
locally until the situation is contained, she said,
adding that no Ebola case has been reported in
The minister made a fresh appeal to Rwandan
residents and visitors to seek timely medical
attention at the nearest health facility whenever a
person has Ebola-like symptoms such as high fever,
bleeding, diarrhea and red eyes among others.
A pastor who interacted with Ebola patients in
DRC’s northeastern town of Butembo became ill
recently, and traveled to Goma by bus on July 14,
where he later tested positive for Ebola.
However, the DRC health ministry said the risk of
the virus spreading in the city remains low.
The World Health Organization has recently
expressed concern that the spread of Ebola in the
DRC has escalated in the past few months, with more
than 2,000 cases recorded since the epidemic broke
out again about a year ago.
The current outbreak is the worst on record after
the Ebola epidemic struck mainly Liberia, Guinea and
Sierra Leone between 2014 and 2016, leaving more
than 11,300 people dead.
Rwanda has been on high alert for a possible
spread of Ebola and in April vaccinated about 3,000
healthcare and front-line workers against Ebola in
areas at high risk of the outbreak.
It has also been enhancing community awareness on
the disease, as well as building capacity for case
detection and control.
At least eight
dead, 17 injured in road accident in western
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua)
-- Eight people have been
confirmed dead and 17 others injured after a
passenger public service vehicle got involved in an
accident on Tuesday morning in Karongi district,
western Rwanda, the police said.
The accident occurred at around 7:00 a.m. local
time when a bus skidded and rolled off the road when
it was heading from the Rwandan capital city Kigali
to Nyamasheke district in Western Province,
Jean-Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, spokesperson for
traffic and road safety department at Rwanda
National Police, told Xinhua by telephone.
The injured were rushed to Kibuye hospital in
Karongi district, while those in critical situation
were airlifted to King Faisal Hospital in Kigali,
The cause of the accident has not yet been
established, but the police suspect the fatigue of
the driver as a probable cause of the accident.
The spokesperson further advised motorists to
avoid speeding, especially when approaching sharp
bends and always follow speed limit signposts along
At least 465 people were killed and 654 were
injured in 2018 due to road accidents, according to
the Rwandan police.