Preparations are ongoing at Katuna ahead of the official reopening of the
Uganda-Rwanda border today after three years of
Rwanda closed its border with Uganda on February
27, 2019, after President, Paul Kagame accused Ugandan authorities of spying on Rwanda, abducting Rwandan nationals, and locking them in non-designated areas.
He also accused Uganda of hosting and
facilitating dissidents who have declared
war on the Kigali administration.
Rwanda then issued a travel advisory to its nationals against traveling to Uganda, saying their
safety was not guaranteed.
months of negotiations, Rwanda announced on January 28th, 2022 the
planned reopening of the border.
came days after the first son and Commander of the Land Forces Lt. Gen. Muhoozi
Kainerugaba visited Kigali
where he held talks with the president, Kagame on the bilateral
relations between the two countries.
This morning, our reporter visited Katuna
border and saw a
scanner from Uganda
Revenue Authority (URA) registration number UBK 998T positioned on the no man’s land on the Ugandan side.
saw a truck registration number UAY 634S parked on the Ugandan’s side waiting to cross
URN also saw a tent that will host Ugandan health officials who
will conduct COVID-19 testing for people crossing
were also busy preparing to resume work. Flabison Waswa, a truck driver told URN that he cleared
around 03:00 am.
He has welcomed the border reopening, saying
it will ease their access to Rwanda.
Waswa however, expressed concern about the
slow progress of the works of upgrading the customs on the Ugandan side and parking yard.
that after being cleared he got stuck in the mud until at around 10:00 AM.
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Uganda’s Vice President, Jessica
Alupo has asked the Ugandan business
community to focus on reviving their business since the border is now open.
also called up local leaders and residents to avoid
provocative messages and statements that can bring back problems.
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By the time of publishing this story, Kabale
and Rukiga district officials led by the LC 5 Chairman, Nelson Nshangabsheija, and Rukiga County MP, Roland Ndyomugyenyi were at Katuna border waiting for
Rwandan authorities to hold a meeting about official border opening.