Uganda deports Rwandan opposition figure Robert Mukombozi

Ugandan authorities have deported a leading figure in a banned Rwandan opposition group, in a further sign of warming ties between Kampala and Kigali after years of tensions.

Uganda deports Rwandan opposition figure Robert Mukombozi
Rwandan opposition figure Robert Mukombozi. PHOTO: COURTESY

Ugandan authorities have deported a leading figure in a banned Rwandan opposition group, in a further sign of warming ties between Kampala and Kigali after years of tensions.

The expulsion of Robert Mukombozi of the exiled Rwandan National Congress (RNC) follows a pledge by the powerful son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to crack down on what Kigali considers a terrorist outfit.

The presence on Ugandan soil of rebels seeking to topple Rwandan President Paul Kagame has been a long-running sore in relations between the two neighbours.

Museveni’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba said on Twitter that Mukombozi had been expelled, describing him as an “enemy of Rwanda and Uganda” and posting pictures of him heading towards a plane at Entebbe airport.

Mukombozi, a Rwandan born in Uganda, worked as a journalist with local media before going to Rwanda but fell out with the government and has been living in exile in Australia, according to Ugandan intelligence.

It was not immediately known where he had been expelled to.