Heavily armed Rwandan troops on Rwanda-Uganda border.
Rwanda-Uganda impasse – Rwanda has increased heavily armed troops on its border with Uganda, especially in the hills of Mukaniga,Byumba, Ruganza and Kyanika near Kisoro, Kabale and Ntungamo districts in southwestern Uganda.
Following days of restriction at Cyanika (Kisoro),Katuna (Kabale) and Kagitumba(Ntungamo) border points, on Saturday last week, Rwanda allowed passenger buses to travel from Kigali to Kampala, Uganda through Katuna and Chanika borders but with strict restrictions against carrying Rwandans aboard. Ugandans are allowed in Rwanda after thorough scrutiny.
Rwanda blocked cargo trucks and buses from crossing, plus increasing tariffs on these trucks at Kyanika Border point: to clear a truck from 200,000 Rwanda Francs to 400,000 Francs (approximately sh1.6M), for Maize – from Rwandan Francs 150,000 (approximately sh627,800) to Rwanda Francs 300,000 ( approximately sh1,250,000) etc.
According to Rwandan minister of foreign affairs, also government spokesperson Dr Richard Sezibera, disturbing issues include irregular arrests, torture, and deportation of Rwandese by Ugandan authorities that have prompted his country to issue a travel advisory warning last week to Rwandans against traveling to Uganda. He adds that over 100 Rwandese are being held in Uganda without access to lawyers.
Rwanda claims that some people in Uganda allegedly support the Rwanda National Congress – RNC rebel group led by Rwandan General, Kayumba Nyamwasa who is based in South Africa.
Meanwhile, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has barred Ugandan officials from making comments to the media over the issues raised by Rwanda, as the Ugandan foreign ministry diplomatically handles the matter to have it amicably sorted.