The government of Rwanda has announced it will re-open its borders with Uganda as part of the efforts to give a fresh momentum between the two countries.
According to a communique from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued on Thursday, Rwanda will reopen Katuna Border Post on Monday January 31 to allow easy movement between the two countries.
Gatuna border, which is the busiest between the two country countries, has been inactive for nearly four years after Rwanda issued an advisory to her citizens that their safety in the neighbouring country could not be guaranteed.
According to the communique, the latest move follows the visit of Lt Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Senior Presidential advisor on special operations and Commander of Land Forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces to Rwanda.
“The Government of Rwanda has taken note that there is a progress to solve issues raised by Rwanda as well as commitments made by the Government of Uganda to address remaining obstacles.”
The communique noted that just like other land border posts with other countries, health authorities of Rwanda and Uganda will work together to put in place necessary measures to facilitate movement in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Rwanda remains committed to ongoing efforts to resolve pending issues between Rwanda and Uganda and believes that today’s announcement will contribute positively to the speedy normalization of relations between the two countries,” reads the communique.
The Rwandan-Ugandan border has been closed for three years following a decision by the Rwandan government, which has been accusing Uganda of harassing Rwandan for days, in addition to allegations that Uganda supports antigovernmental groups, including the RNC,RUD URUNANA and FDLR .