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Rwanda reopens Katuna border to Uganda

The Uganda-Rwanda border at Katuna has been re-opened to allow movement of heavy trucks, in what Rwanda says will be a trial its one-stop-border infrastructure. In a statement issued last night, Rwanda Revenue Authority said the area will only be open from today June 10 to June 22, 2019.  

“Reference is made to Rwanda Transport Development Agency letter dated June 7, 2019, which expresses the need to carry out trials for heavy trucks movement on Gatuna [Katuna] OSBP for a period of two weeks from 10th to 22nd June 2019 and assess the operationalization of the constructed works and equipment before the reception of works,” the letter read in part.     

The Katuna border was closed in February 2019 in what was interpreted as a result of the row between Uganda and Rwanda. During that time, Ugandan traders were advised to use the Kyanika and Kagitumba border posts to enter Rwanda.  

Attempts by the Rwanda Revenue Authority to explain that the closure was due to the construction works ongoing were quickly thwarted by tweets and open disdain from top Rwandan officials, including the Foreign Affairs minister who indicated the closure was due to a row with Uganda.

Rwandan officials accused Uganda of supporting rebels trying to overthrow the Kigali regime, an accusation Kampala has consistently denied. Kigali also issued a travel advisory to its citizens not to go to Uganda.

Addressing diplomats in Kampala on the Rwanda-Uganda row, Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa said the February closure of the border had taken Uganda by surprise. He also said Rwandan security operatives were entering Uganda illegally.  

Trade between the two countries has since fallen by more than 85 per cent since the February closure. Meanwhile, at an OSBP, passengers, cargo and vehicles stop just once to process border crossing formalities in order to exit one partner state and enter the other.

All procedures and processing of documentation for goods and passengers are carried out in a single clearance hall for exit and entry. Rwanda also says its facility even when it has been completed, it will not be effective since Uganda has not finished construction in its side of the border.

Rwanda’s The New Times, a government newspaper, reported last month that Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, the Rwanda minister of state for Transport, said: "Completion of works is one thing but functioning is another. For One-Stop-Border Post to function, it has to be both sides. So what about the other [Ugandan] side."   

It is still not clear when the border will open fully.


-2 #1 WADADA roger 2019-06-10 14:05
Cowards live longer but die in masses, has any one begged Kagame to reopen, he must have felt the pressure
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-1 #2 Lysol 2019-06-10 20:52
Rwanda only uses about 20% for it's exports/imports through Uganda. The rest is through TZ, while it's also looking westward towards DRC and Angola. Just a matter of time.

Sio long as MUseveni is in power, Uganda will lose respects from most of it's neighbors and becames a laughing stock for keeping such an old senile man to rule them for life.
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-1 #3 Zaitun 2019-06-11 09:45
You wanted to go for war against Ugandans. You tried to lobby RDC President the day you went for the burrial of his father to help you achieve your objectives but in vain.
"Bonne chance, go it alone", was all what RDC President told you.

You even forgot that you and your brother participated in causing misery in RDC and wanted to go ahead doing so. Which devil brought you and your brother to kill people in the region without shame?

Do not tell me that both are you are not part of those dirty African presidents who drink human blood to stay in power!!!

Time will come when you thugs will have to pay heavily for the sufferings caused to innocent people in the Great Lakes Region.
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