Amb Kinobe says 300 Ugandans rotting in Congo prisons


Amb Kinobe


The Democratic Republic of Congo is illegally holding more than three hundred Ugandans in its prisons before trial.

Uganda’s Ambassador  Democratic Republic  of Congo, James Kinobe says  one hundred of those are suspected to have been part of Uganda’s rebel groups.

He says the one hundred prisoners were arrested from March 2014, when the DR Congo’s army launched an offensive against the ADF rebels in the eastern part of the country.

Kinobe was appearing before a joint meeting held by the Public Accounts and the Foreign Affairs committees of Parliament.

He had been tasked report on the operations of Uganda’s embassy in Kinshasa in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kinobe confirmed that most of the suspects have over stayed in jails without proper trial.

He says his Embassy is working closely with the DRC government and their families to have them tried in the courts of law.

He did not give details of what crimes the remaining two hundred detainees had committed in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Meanwhile, Theodore Ssekikubo, Lwemiyaga County questioned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the progress in payment of about 30 billion Shillings in reparation costs to DRC.

The money accrued after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2005 found Uganda guilty of plundering natural resources and human rights abuses when it deployed UPDF troops in Congo.

However, Kinobe says the money has not increased, but negotiations are still ongoing on how to foot the costs.

Failure of which, the two parties will return to the ICJ to decide on the way forward.


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