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Rwanda Files Defence in Border Closure Suit

In the affidavit sworn by Rwanda’s Senior State Attorney Nicholas Ntarugera, they contend that the borders were closed for a number of reasons including protection of Rwandans from Harassment Uganda.
21 Jun 2019 19:01
Right to Left the Applicant Steven Kalali and his Lawyer. File Photo
Rwanda filed its defence in the case where a Ugandan lawyer Steven Kalali sued the Government of Rwanda over the closure of the Uganda Rwanda border points in Gatuna and Chanika.

Kalali filed the case before the East African Court of Justice.


Kalali argues that the actions of Rwanda have infringed on the rights and freedoms of its people, and those in neighbouring countries, and caused financial loss to hundreds of traders. He is now seeking an order by the courts declaring the border closure illegal.  

According to the court documents seen by URN, Rwanda denies the allegations stated by Kalali. 

In the affidavit sworn by Rwanda’s Senior State Attorney Nicholas Ntarugera, they contend that the borders were closed for a number of reasons including protection of Rwandans from harassment.

They also admit that the closure of the border was to expedite the completion of the one-stop order Post construction with an aim of facilitating smooth floor of goods and services at the Border Post.

Rwanda further notes that the EAC citizens were officially informed about the decision to close the border through the Commissioner General of Rwanda Revenue Authority-RRA, Bizimana Ruganintwali. 

On June 7th, 2019, the RRA Commissioner General Bizimana said that he had allowed the opening of the borders for only two weeks effective June 10th to tomorrow June 22nd. 

In March 2019, Rwanda through her Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Richard Sezibera issued a travel advisory note to Rwanda Nationals cautioning them against travelling to Uganda.

Sezibera alleged that their safety in Uganda is not guaranteed.  

Rwanda now wants court to rule in their favour when determining this case. The case is yet to be fixed for hearing in the East African Court of justice.    

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