Rwanda temporarily reopens border with Uganda for two weeks

Monday June 10, 2019

 

Rwandan authorities have temporarily reopened the Gatuna border crossing with Uganda to allow heavy goods vehicles to cross.


A diplomatic feud between the two countries saw cross-border movements halted for the last three months disrupting business and daily life for families in both countries.


In February Rwanda attributed the closure to "quick renovation works" even as the two countries traded accusations of hosting of dissidents, espionage and mistreatment of citizens.

According to a statement released by the Rwandan authorities, the move is to enable Rwanda to carry out trials for the movement of the heavy truck at Gatuna OSBP from 10th to 22nd June to assess the operationalisation of the constructed works.

"The Management of Rwanda Revenue Authority is pleased to inform the general public that heavy trucks are allowed to provisionally cross Gatuna OSPB between 1oth and 22nd June... " reads part of the statement.


It is however not clear whether trucks from Uganda will also be allowed to cross over to Rwanda.


Details to follow...