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MPs Ask Gov't to Resolve Tension with Rwanda

Butemba County MP Pentagon Innocent Kamusiime says that ideally, the border cannot be closed without prior notice to the neighboring country. He advises that the government fast-tracks negotiations to resolve any outstanding conflict, for the sake of Ugandan traders.

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 Members of Parliament have asked the government to resolve the reported dispute between Uganda and Rwanda. The plea comes a day after Rwanda blocked cargo trucks from Uganda reportedly to pave way for upgrading the One Stop Border Post at Gatuna border. 

But the closure of the border came at the backdrop of simmering tension between the two countries with Rwanda accusing Uganda of aiding dissidents against the Kigali regime. Recently, President Paul Kagame told journalists that the tension between the two countries was because Uganda had opted to work with Rwandan exiles in South Africa. 

But in an earlier interview with Uganda Radio Network, Foreign affairs state Minister Henry Okello Oryem said the happenings are inconsequential to the solid relationship between the two countries.

However, Butemba County MP Pentagon Innocent Kamusiime says that ideally, the border cannot be closed without prior notice to the neighboring country.  He advises that the government fast-tracks negotiations to resolve any outstanding conflict, for the sake of Ugandan traders.

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Kilak South MP Gilbert Olanya advised the government not to downplay the signal sent by Rwanda. He, however, added that the government should come out and explain the relationship between the two countries instead of leaving Ugandans in suspense.

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Nakasongola County MP Noah Mutebi argues that the closure of the border is worrying and urged the government to engage its counterparts in Rwanda with a view of restoring the cordial relationship with the neighbors.

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Nakaseke South MP Paulson Luttamaguzi Semakula is however optimistic that the brotherly relationship between Uganda and Rwandan presidents will aid the amicable resolution of any tensions between the countries.

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