By Martha Nakimuli
The daughter of Col.
Patrick Karegeya, the former Rwandan spymaster who is exiled in South
Africa is stranded in Uganda following the cancellation of her
citizenship by Rwanda.
Portia Mbabazi Karegeya’s alternative Rwandan passport was withdrawn following the cancellation of her citizenship by Rwanda.
to close sources, Mbabazi said that her passport was confiscated by
Ugandan Immigration officials at Entebbe airport when she came into the
country on June 5.
said that the officials told him that Rwanda had cancelled her passport
and it was invalid for travel. She suspects that her fate is
surrounding her father’s political life who is currently wanted in
Kigali over crimes he committed.
“I am stranded here; I know it is because of politics,” she said. “All I want is to be allowed to go and study.”
It is alleged that Mbabazi applied for a refugee status in South Africa at the same time holding a Rwandan passport.
is said that after the cancellation of her Rwanda passport, Ugandan
authorities issued Mbabazi a passport on June 20, but seized it again
at Entebbe airport on July 2, as she attempted to fly out using it by
South African airways to Johannesburg.
Mbabazi has come to visit her paternal grandmother lives in Mbarara, which the Karegeyas consider their second home.
Mbabazi was planning to head to Canada from South Africa where she was to commence her masters degree in law at McGill University in Quebec a course which is starting in September.
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