Nickson Kanyesigye, a resident of Bigaaga and Victor Arinda a taxi driver, says that as locals they have many unanswered questions. They note that official transport from Butanda to Kabale town is Shillings 10,000 but Rwandan passengers using taxis driven by their fellow Rwandans willingly pay between Shillings 100,000-500,000 per route.
Justus Kabagambe, alias Kadogo, a resident of Rutare village in Rugaga parish, Kabale district was shot dead on August 18, at Kitovu village in the Northern Province in Rwanda, about half a kilometer from the Uganda-Rwanda border.
Idin Muhereza, a resident of Kagogo village in Bigaga parish, Butanda Sub County was shot dead last week in Sebeya village, Burera district, about 15 kilometres from the Uganda-Rwanda borderline. He was accused of smuggling cartons of illicit drugs through a porous border.
Katuna town council Chairman Nelson Nshangabasheija says that Tugumisirize was walking in the garden when unknown people pounced on him and crossed with him to Rwandan side. He suspects that the suspected kidnappers could be Rwandan security officers.
The meeting, scheduled for this Friday is part of the resolutions of the quadripartite summit held in Luanda, Angola on February 2, 2020, to resolve a year-long standoff between the two neighbouring countries. It was mediated by João Lourenço, the President of Angola and Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr Isaac Shinyekwa, a senior research fellow on integration at the local think tank Economic Policy Research Centre, said trade disputes should not be a surprise . However, EAC partner states should be able to resolve them quickly to continue trading seamlessly.
Our reporter in the area says that cargo trucks entering Rwanda through Mirama Hills border have increased from an average of 40 to 250 trucks a day, according to Ali Kakande the Uganda Revenue Authority station head at Mirama hills.
Trinity Bus Company operators told our reporter on condition of anonymity that they were allowed by security and Rwanda Revenue Authority officials to cross from Rwanda to Uganda via Katuna border on Monday, on condition that they carried no Rwandans to Uganda.