In a meeting, which took place on September 16, 2019 in Kigali Rwanda, both countries agreed to push the border issue to the next meeting in Kampala. The meeting was expected to take place after 30 days.
The closure of the Rwanda-Uganda Gatuna
border will continue for longer as the date to for peace talks about the issue passed
quietly on October 16, 2019.
In a meeting, which took place on September
16, 2019 in Kigali Rwanda, both countries agreed to push the border issue to
the next meeting in Kampala. The meeting was expected to take place after 30
Dr. Isaac Shinyekwa, a research fellow
on integration at the think-tank Economic Policy Research Centre, said the reluctance
and delay to continue with talks shows the ground work was not sufficiently
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He said, however, that he was hopeful
that when people are talking, it is good and something may come out of that. He said we should be expecting that we
move forward, backwards or stagnate.
Last month, in a communique, signed by Oliver Nduhungirehe, the
Rwandan minister of State in charge of the East African Community and Sam
Kutesa, the Ugandan minister of Foreign Affairs, both parties agreed that the
issue of free movement of persons and goods and services across the common
border and other outstanding issues shall be discussed in the next meeting in
It has not happened. This week while speaking to BBC, President
Yoweri Museveni said he would not want to discuss in the press what he is discussing
with Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda.
Nduhungirehe told Rwanda’s New Times that they were “waiting for
invitation from Kampala.”
Rwanda closed its border to Uganda
earlier in February this year and also blocked its nationals from crossing into Uganda
saying their security could not be guaranteed while they were in Uganda.
The continuation of the talks was
meant to operationalize the peace pact that Museveni and Kagame signed last
month in Luanda, Angola easing tensions between Kigali and Kampala.
Both countries have seen trade between
them plummet to near zero.