Rwanda speaks out on Uganda-Rwanda border closure.
Cargo trucks from Uganda have been blocked from crossing into Rwanda at Kyanika border in Kisoro district, south western Uganda to pave way for completion of a one-stop border post, the Rwanda Revenue Authority informs its Ugandan counterpart Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).
With effect from February 28, 2019, until undisclosed date, heavy trucks carrying goods from Uganda via Gatuna shall be diverted from using this border post to Kagitumba / Mirama Hills, Ntungamo district until completion of the construction.
With a still standing bicker between Uganda and Rwanda, Rwanda accusing Uganda of illegal detainment and torture of Rwandese, this closure is yet another not by Ugandans and various groups of people considering it as a wrangle root.
In a recent exclusive interview with ‘The East African news paper’, Rwandan president Paul Kagame, who helped in Uganda’s liberation before taking over Rwanda, expressed disappointment that there is a weak relationship between the two countries.
“It is very intriguing to find that, even with that history and a good foundation, we have something like this going on,” Mr. Kagame said. “It is hard to just put it in one word, or even in a few words. It’s a matter that can be resolved… must be resolved”, he added.
Ugandan Parliament intervenes.
Following concern and comments raised by the public, the Bufumbira South county (Kisoro district) member of parliament,Sam Bitangaro has raised this matter of national importance; that for four days now at Kyanika border in Kisoro district, no vehicle or movement of persons has been allowed to cross the border and government has not come out to explain.
The Prime minister of Uganda, Ruhakana Rugunda has assured the country that this restriction will be resolved because the Ugandan foreign affairs minister Sam Kuteesa has already contacted the responsible people to ensure the situation is resolved, both national and regional.