Uganda, April 16 -- An association of persons of Rwandan origin living in Uganda through their umbrella, the Council for Abavandimwe has petitioned parliament seeking a probe into alleged segregation and violation of their rights in the country.

In the petition presented to parliament by Kalungu West legislator Joseph Gonzaga Sewungu, the Bavandimwe noted that although they became an indigenous tribe after the annexation of Rwanda's border territories of Kisoro, Kigezi and Ndorwa, they have "continued to face serious citizenship rights violations at the hands Ugandan authorities."

The 1995 Ugandan constitution fully recognizes Banyarwanda as one of the indigenous tribes of the country.

However, the group claims it is "segregated throug...