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Uganda-Rwanda Border Reopening: Katuna Border Registers Slight Increase of Trucks

Honest Tahinduka, a clearing agent at the Katuna border told URN on Tuesday evening that he had cleared three trucks, which he described as a positive development. He revealed that when the border closed, he joined iron ore mining due to unemployment.
Some of the trucks at Katuna border

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There was a slight increase in the number of trucks registered at Katuna on Tuesday following the reopening of the Uganda-Rwanda border. The border resumed operations on Monday following its closure on February 17, 2019, by the Rwandan government.    

On Monday, only one truck received clearance to cross to Uganda from Rwanda through Katuna border. However, on Tuesday, 11 trucks had crossed the border. Eight arrived from Rwanda and three from Uganda, according to records at the customs.  

 

Honest Tahinduka, a clearing agent at the Katuna border told URN on Tuesday evening that he had cleared three trucks, which he described as a positive development. He revealed that when the border closed, he joined iron ore mining due to unemployment.

He says that the border reopening makes him very happy since he has hopes of meeting another better life. Ivan Kakuramasi, another clearing agent from NICO Company limited told URN by Tuesday evening that they had cleared eight trucks. 

Kamurasi says that it is his prayer that the situation completely normalizes because he suffered financially during the border closure.  Kamurasi, who had shifted to Mirama Hills, says that they struggled to spend a lot of money on rent while at Kagitumba border post.

He says the resumption of business in Katuna will help him save a lot since he is a resident of the area.  

//Cue in: “tubeire nituza mirama…

Cue out; …hanuya Katuna.”//

 

Iddi Magada, a truck driver, who was destined for Kigali from Mombasa expressed a lot of

joy to see that he could cross from Uganda to Rwanda via Katuna, a journey he last

took in February 2019. Magada says that he would spend Shillings 1.5million on

fuel whenever he would use the Mirama Hill-based Kagitumba border post.    

//Cue in: “kuyita e mirama…

Cue out; …gye tulaga.”//

 

Marcelino Besigye, the Commissioner of Citizenship and Immigration Control in Uganda expressed optimism that the number of trucks will increase in the coming days. 

He revealed that his office had started receiving reports that several truck drivers who had booked to use the Mirama hill/Kagitumba route have started diverting to Katuna, which is shorter.   Besigye revealed that prior to the border closure; about 160 trucks would go through Katuna border on a daily basis.

//Cue in: “batugambe waliwo abetika…

Cue out:  …ko government.”//

By Tuesday evening, only three trucks had crossed to Uganda from Rwanda via Chanika border in Kisoro district, according to Erasmus Sanyu, the Chanika town council LC 3 Chairperson.  

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