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Border crisis between Uganda and Rwanda

A crisis has emerged hindering traveling from Uganda to Rwanda through the three main border crossings.

Uganda government spokesman stated that Uganda was working to find a solution to this border crisis while Rwanda stated that there exists no crisis and there isn’t any restrictions on Ugandans traveling to Rwanda.

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Oliver Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs in-charge of East African Community stated on Friday 1st March that their borders were not closed to anyone.

File photo of Minister Oliver Nduhungirehe
File photo of Minister Oliver Nduhungirehe [IMAGE/COURTESY]

However, the minister further noted that Rwandans had been strongly advised not to travel to Uganda.

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“As explained to many journalists, all Rwanda’s borders are open. Trucks and heavy vehicles are advised to use Kagitumba due to ongoing construction at Gatuna…Rwandans are strongly advised not to travel to Uganda due to ongoing arrests, harassment, torture, incarceration without consular access, deportation etc. This is for their own security.” He stated.

On the other hand, Ugandan government spokesman, Mr. Ofwono Opondo, in his address to journalists stated that Rwandans were being prevented to getting to Uganda while tracks from Kampala were being prevented from getting to Rwanda.

Recently, Uganda deported several Rwandans including top telecommunication officials accused of messing their national security

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