Parliament has tasked government to issue a
travel advisory to Ugandans visiting Rwanda, citing the recent reports of mistreatment
and killing of Ugandan nationals.
The matter came up during plenary on Tuesday
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, noted with concern the
failure of Ugandan national nationals to trade with Rwanda because of the sour
relationship between the two countries.
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Her statements came after the Rukungiri
Municipality MP; Roland Mugume expressed concern about the delayed resolution
of the dispute as a matter of national importance.
Mugume said that it was
disappointing that the Uganda-Rwanda boarder remains closed something that has
grossly affected Ugandan traders.
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The Kira Municipality MP, Ibrahim
Semujju Nganda cited the need for government to explain why Ugandans continue
to be mistreated and some killed in Rwanda.
He tasked the Government Chief Whip,
Ruth Nankabirwa to advise government to advise Ugandans on whether or not to
travel to Rwanda for any reason.
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In her response, Nankabirwa said government should be given
more time to resolve the prevailing issues through ongoing talks so as to save
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She promised to consult with the
relevant Ministry concerning the issuance of a travel advisory to Ugandans.
Kadaga directed the Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa to appear before
parliament and issue a statement on the relationship between the two sister
In August 2019, President Yoweri Museveni met his Rwandan
counterpart, Paul Kagame in Angola’s capital Luanda where they signed a
Memorandum of Understanding intended to resolve the dispute that has seen the
border between two countries closed for at least a year.
After the signing of the MoU, President Museveni sent
Uganda’s United Nations Permanent Representative Ambassador Adonia Ayebare to
meet Kagame. In the aftermath of the meeting, Uganda released nine Rwandans
from custody and repatriated them to Kigali.
In return, Rwanda also released four Ugandans.
Now the two presidents are in London where they are expected to meet on the
sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020, which started on Monday.
meeting is expected to give a clear glimpse of whether the dispute is nearing