Rwanda to reopen border with Uganda this month

Rwanda to reopen border with Uganda this month

Rwanda government has said it will reopen its border with Uganda this month as it seeks to ease tension between the two neighbouring countries.

A statement shared by the state-affiliated Rwanda Broadcasting Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation indicated that Gatuna/Katuna and other land border posts will be reopened starting January 31, 2022.

“Following the visit to Rwanda of Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Senior Presidential Adviser on Special Operations and Commander Land Forces of the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) on January 22, 2022, the government of Rwanda has taken note that there is a process to solve issues raised by Rwanda, as well as commitments made by the Government of Uganda to address remaining obstacles. In this regard and in line with communique of the 4th Quadripartite Summit held at Gatuna/Katuna on February 21, 2020, the Government of Rwanda wishes to inform the public that the Gatuna border post between Rwanda and Uganda will be reopened from January 31, 2022,” the Friday January 28 morning statement reads in part.

The sour relations between the two neighbouring East African countries led to Rwanda closing the Katuna/Gatuna border in February 2019.

“As it is the case for other land border posts in the country, health authorities of Rwanda and Uganda will work together to put in place necessary measures to facilitate movement in the context of Covid-19,” the Friday morning statements adds.

Rwanda said it remains committed to ongoing efforts to resolve pending issues between Rwanda and Uganda and believes that the reopening of the border will contribute positively to the speedy normalisation of relations between the two countries.

According to Uganda's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Adonia Ayebare the border reopening means a lot to the "people of both countries."

"This means a lot to People of both countries. Well done for this important step in restoring strong bilateral ties between the two countries," tweeted Mr Ayebare who, on January 17, 2022 delivered President Museveni's special message to Kagame ahead of Gen Kainerugaba's trip.

Source: Nation

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