Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says they have with immediate effect blocked access to the town council from Kyonyo in Kamuganguzi Sub County and Ryakarimira in Ryakarimira town council.
Maate says that no vehicle is allowed to access Katuna town council without security clearance.
is heightened security in Katuna border town in Kabale ahead of President
Yoweri Museveni’s meeting with his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame tomorrow.
meeting is part of the resolutions of the quadripartite summit held in Luanda,
Angola on February 2, 2020 under the mediation of President, João Lourenço and
his DRC counterpart, Felix Tshisekedi to end the tension between the two
During the meeting it
was resolved, that the two countries release each other’s citizens in their
custody, refrain from interfering in each
other's affairs, protect the Human rights of Ugandan and Rwandan citizens and
continue activities of the Ad-Hoc commission as a mechanism for monitoring the
implementation of the process.
On Tuesday, both Uganda and Rwandan security
officials declared the No Man’s land a no go area due to ongoing works in
preparation for the meeting. They advised road users to use alternative routes
of Chanika in Kisoro district and Mirama Hills in Ntungamo district.
afternoon, Ugandan security officials held other several meetings where they
issued fresh guidelines among them blocking all road users from accessing
Katuna town council.
Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, says they have with immediate
effect blocked access to the town council from Kyonyo in Kamuganguzi Sub County
and Ryakarimira in Ryakarimira town council.
Maate says that no vehicle is allowed to
access Katuna town council without security clearance. He says the decision is to ensure the meeting between the two presidents goes on without any
According to Maate, although they are aware that
many taxis ply the Kabale –Katuna road, they cannot be allowed to go to Katuna
since some people with ill intentions may use the chance to disrupt the
says road users can divert from Ryakatimira via the top of the hill up to
Kitumba Sub County to Kabale town. Maate also says that they are still finding
ways of handling residents of Katuna so that they don’t interfere with the meeting.
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Moses Zainongo Ariganyira, a taxi driver who operates
on Kabale-Katuna road describes the decision to block the road as unfair, saying
it is going to affect their livelihoods. Ariganyira says it will be difficult
for him to pay the taxi owner because of the disruption by security.
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Apollo Dunia, another taxi driver says however
much the closure of the road will affect them financially, he has no problem as
long as the meeting resolves the impasse between the two countries and leaders
to the border opening.
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Uganda and Rwanda are separated by River
Kiruruma at Katuna. It remains unclear on how the heads of state will conduct
their meeting since each country is erecting tents on its own territory, about
70 meters away from the river.
Rwanda closed its border with Uganda in February
2019. Rwandan authorities led by President, Paul Kagame accuse Ugandan
authorities of abducting Rwandan citizens and locking them up in ungazetted
They also accuse Uganda of hosting and
facilitating dissidents especially from the Rwanda National Congress and the
Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, who have declared war on the
Rwanda advised its citizens against travelling to Uganda,
saying it can't guarantee their safety.