Mbarara grade one Magistrate Paul Mujuni on Wednesday sent on remand nine Rwandan national to Kyamugorani prison on allegations of illegal entry into Uganda.
The suspects were all women were arrested on Sunday by police from western Uganda.
Court documents shows that, the nine women along with others were charged of engaging into illegal business as well as illegally staying in Uganda.
They include Frane Mukeshimana aged 35, Teddy Mukatwesiga, 23, Florence Mukankubito, 27, Matilda Yafashaija,27, Lilian Owimana,33, Claire Nahimana,22, Shivan Nyangoma,26 from Tanzania Ireen Owimana,25, Yvonne Nyiramafaranga,34.
The locals accuses the women of engaging in prostitution in Mbarara town along Memory on Mbarara high street.
A woman who was arrested and released on bond told info256 that she is disappointed at the way the Kampala authority is mistreating Rwanda nationals.
“We were arrested with all the documents, we have our passports, but our colleagues have been denied a chance to present them, it’s true we are prostitutes but we sell our bodies how does it concern them, if they don’t want us in the country they can take us back to Rwanda, everyone now is targeting us since the arrest almost all offices have eaten our money, being a Rwandese is not a crime,” she said.
Mbarara deputy Resident District Commissioner deputy Resident District Commissioner, Mr Emmy Kateera, told info256 that at least 20 Rwanda nationals were arrested but added that others have since been released.
He added that the women were arrested after getting intelligence information that they were engaging in prostitution business which he said is illegal.
He added upon their arrests, the women were found without travel documents forcing police to charge them in court of law.