Hopes of restoring relations between Uganda-Rwanda seem to be dwindling every day. The porous border between the two countries is militarized as Rwanda enforces ban of its nationals from visiting Uganda.
In 1990, Communities on the 200 miles plus porous borders were not warned that Rwanda Patriotic Forces led by Current President Gen Paul Kagame were going home.
Communities supported the Rwandese who were going home even when United Nations deployed a force under UNAMIR to make sure Uganda-Rwanda border was not used from Uganda to attack Rwanda.
The four years of fighting displaced many communities, destruction of properties and lives. After the war, the communities expected to be rewarded in one way or the other but nothing much happened.
People near the border continued to trade both formally and informally. The Rwandese traded with Ugandans, smuggling on small scale was taking place.
At Chanika Border in Kisoro district, five Ugandans who were being detained in Rwanda were deported and declared prohibited immigrants days after handing over two dead bodies at Kamwezi sub county.
Uganda and Rwanda regulate immigration differently whether in a perfect or imperfect way. Uganda hosts many Rwandese and sometimes offers a pathway to permanency residence.
Rwanda has put a huge barrier for Ugandans to access their services except for people whose parents were born there.
The deported are Gilbert Beingana, Amos Tibesiga and Nicholas Tumwesigye, all residents of Kabale district. Others include; Ivan Nirinyiyimana and Beatha Nyiramuco, from Kisoro district.
If more deportations happen as they have been since February 2019, 2020 will prove difficult. The Media has a bad history in Rwanda as it was used to rally people against each other leading to genocide against the Tutsis.
The media in each country needs to promote peace, rule of law than drumming for more conflict that could lead to war.