Rwanda-Uganda security officials meet over border

Rwanda-Uganda security officials meet over border
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Ugandan and Rwandan security officials have held a first ever high profile cross border meeting since Katuna border re-opening on January 31, 2022.

Rwandan president Paul Kagame ordered for the Katuna border closure with Uganda on February 27, 2019.

At that time, Kagame accused Ugandan authorities of spying on Rwanda, abducting Rwandan citizens and locking them up in non-designated areas, as well as hosting and facilitating dissidents who have declared war on the Kigali administration.

Rwanda then issued a travel advisory to its nationals against traveling to Uganda, saying their safety was not guaranteed.

During the border closure, about six people both Ugandans and Rwandan nationals were shot dead by Rwandan security operatives over smuggling.

Even after border re-opening , traders on Ugandan side continued to slam Rwandan authorities for blocking some of the goods especially maize flour from crossing to their country.

The meeting held im Kabale district comprised of Rwandan official led by Yves Muneza, a technical Advisor to Permanent Secretary Ministry of Internal Affairs and International Cooperations and Ugandan officials from the border districts that included Kabale, Kisoro,R ubanda, Rukiga and Ntungamo.

The meeting aimed to chart ways to combat crime at the border, stop smuggling, enhance trade and also to discuss matters concerning health.

In his opening remarks, Major General Retired Robert Rusoke, the Ugandan Ambassador in Rwanda says that the meeting was aimed at addressing border security bottle necks that affect both countries.

He further said that the meeting would discuss how to enhance trade, free movement of people control of human and animal diseases as well as combatting smuggling among others.

Rusoke also highlighted that the recommendations will be tabled before the presidents for discussion.

Yves Muneza Muneza said that the meeting was timely because it has been sanctioned by Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame.

The nine hour discussions were closed off to the press.

The press was informed thereafter that both parties had agreed to continuous engagement.

 

After the meeting, Nile Post visited one stop boarder of Katuna. Business seemed to be proceeding normally with Rwandan nationals seen crossing into Uganda for trade.

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