By Kitimbo Joyce
Business has come to a standstill at the Uganda Rwanda Boarder following a three days boarder closure.
There has been restricted movement at the main boarder points of Gatuna, Gagitumba, Kyanika, and Mirama hills which has curtailed business.
The information leading to the closure of these boarders remains scanty as some say Ugandans can access the boarders freely BUT Rwandan Nationals can’t exit Rwanda citing insecurity of Rwandan Nationals whilst in Uganda.
Majority of the traders at the boarders especially those dealing in Agricultural produce which are perishable now say they are using min Boarders such as Nyakagezi, Gahenezo and Nyamiroboro to do business.
The authorities from Rwanda refused vehicles both private and public from entering Uganda.
This has been vividly evidenced when cargo trucks from Uganda had been blocked from crossing into Rwanda at Gatuna, to pave the way for the upgrade of the one-stop border post, the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA).
It’s on record that Uganda provides the everyday necessities of life.
Mid this week, government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo told media at the Media Centre that Uganda’s Foreign Affairs minister, Sam Kutesa was in touch with Rwandan authorities to resolve the border issues.
In a letter signed by the Commissioner for Customs at RRA Rosine Uwamariya claims that the authority considering reducing the traffic of heavy trucks to allow completion of the OSBP infrastructure.
This report relating to maintenance of OSBP infrastructure in Rwanda however seems to be hoodwinking as Ugandan authorities say if it was construction of the road “they wouldn't have prevented their people from coming into the country.