Suspected Sex Workers Arrested in Kabale

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Eight Rwandan nationals are in police custody in Kabale district for entering the country illegally. The suspects who are all commercial sex workers were arrested during an operation on Friday morning.

Police in Kabale is holding eight Rwandan nationals for entering the country illegally.

The suspects include Dian Mukeshimana, Olivor Mugeni, Delphine Uwimbabazi, Marium Kangabe, Alice Uwuzemana and Jackline Biyogi. Other are only identified as Uwase and Dusenge.

The suspects who are all commercial sex workers were arrested during an operation in the wee hours of Friday, while camped in Bombocha Bar and Lodge, California T&J Transit Hotel, Manhattan Hotel, The Standard Hotel and Highway Hotel.

All the hotels where the suspects were arrested from are located along Kabale-Ntungamo highway in Kigongi, Central Division, Kabale Municipality.

Julius Bwahwayo, a police officer attached to Kabale central police station, who was commanding the operation, says that security was forced to launch the operation after receiving intelligence information that illegal entrants had flocked the town.

Bwahwayo says that the suspects failed to present any single identification to security officials. He adds that those who were found with proper identifications were left to proceed with their business.

Elly Maate, the police spokesperson for Kigezi Region says the suspects are also being detained at Kabale police station as investigations into the matter continue. Maate says that the police has registered many cases of illegal entry especially from the neighbouring Rwanda yet some of them are criminals.

Maate says that although Uganda is under East African Community integration, citizens from East African countries are required to enter with national identifications. He adds that the suspects face deportation to their home country.

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Mariam Kangabe, one of the suspects admits to have crossed from Rwanda to Uganda without any identification and asked for forgiveness. She however accuses police of torturing them during arrest yet they had not resisted.

The arrest comes three weeks after 41 Rwandan nationals were deported. They were intercepted by security officials at Horizon bus terminal in Kabale town on December 13 while heading to Mityana district to work in tea estates.