Worshippers barred from entering Uganda
Publish date: 10 June 2019
Issue Number: 827
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: A Matter of Justice
Rwandan troops have blocked about 200 nationals from crossing into Uganda to attend a Christian pilgrimage amid a spat between the neighbours. A report on the News24 site notes that Janinah Busingye, an official at the Katuna border town said the worshippers were planning to attend the annual Martyrs Day commemoration. ‘This is how bad the situation has become between Uganda and Rwanda. People's right to worship is now being interfered with,’ she said. Busingye added that pilgrims from the DRC and Burundi had been using the same crossing to enter Uganda via Rwanda, and had not encountered any problems. Martyrs Day (on 3 June) commemorates the execution of 45 converts to Christianity in the 1880s. Their death was ordered by the then king of Buganda, which is now part of Uganda.