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Slow Works at Katuna One Stop Border Post Irks MPs

The committee was at the border to assess its operations following its re-opening by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
14 May 2022 11:15
Ongoing works at Katuna one stop border post (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)

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Members of Parliament have raised concerns about the slow upgrading of the Uganda-Rwanda border of Katuna, Kabale District.

Members of the foreign affairs committee on Friday visited the area and held a meeting with Katuna border customs, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), and border security officials.

The committee was at the border to assess its operations following its re-opening by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.  Norah Bigirwa, the Committee Chairperson also says that they were also assessing the works ahead of the CHOGM meeting in Rwanda.

Amugoli General Enterprises Limited has awarded the contract to upgrade Katuna one-stop border post. After handing over the 10 Billion Shilling One-Stop Border Post administration block to Uganda Revenue Authority in June 2020, the company later received 6 Billion Shillings from the government to start phase II of fencing the gazetted no-mans-land, tarmacking the road and the parking space.  However, work has not started.

But, Bigirwa says that they were surprised to find work at a slow pace.  She says that the committee will compile a report and table it before the office of the Speaker of Parliament and other relevant ministries for intervention.

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Engineer Robert Ivan Oriono Eyatu, the Managing Director, Amugoli General Enterprises Limited assured the MPs that they will complete the upgrade before the CHOGM meeting.

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Rwanda fully reopened the border in March, a month after partial re-opening.  President Paul Kagame closed the border on February 27, 2019, accusing Uganda of hosting Rwandan dissidents, abducting Rwandan nationals, and locking them in non-designated areas.

Rwanda then issued a travel advisory to its nationals against traveling to Uganda, saying their safety was not guaranteed. 

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