Rwanda releases UPDF soldier of Special Forces Command two months after his arrest

Rwandan government on January 22 released an Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldier attached to the elite Special Forces Command (SFC) two months following his arrest.

The prisoner, 23-year-old Private Ronald Arinda, has been in the custody of the Rwandan government since his arrest on November 27, 2021, was released moments after the First Son, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, visited Rwanda on January 22 in an attempt to ease tension between the two neighbouring nations following a three-year border closure.


Arinda, who is the residence of Kakyerere in Ryakarmira town council in the district of Kabale, was arrested. At the same time, he was on authorised access leave after he crossed to Rwanda to buy cattle ahead of his planned wedding ceremony.

According to the Enock Kazooba, the Ryakarimira town council LC 3 chairperson, Pte Arinda, was arrested from Omukiyovu trading centre of Uganda by the Rwandan security informers hiding as locals live there at a borderline after fooling him that they had some cattle they wanted to sell him cheaply.

During their conversation, Rwandan operatives whisked him away to Rwanda.

Earlier, Gen Kainerugaba said he held amicable relations and in-depth discussions about improving bilateral ties between neighbouring countries.

He added, “I am confident that under the leadership of our two Presidents, we shall be able to restore our good historical relations quickly, he tweeted.

The border between the East African nations has been closed for three years.