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.
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.