Rwandan government has temporarily re-opened Gatuna boarder that has been closed for over three months to allow the movement of heavy trucks.
In a letter dated June 7, Rwanda Revenue Authority Commissioner General Bizimana Ruganintwali Pascal confirmed to Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) that Gatuna OSBP will be opened to carry out trials for heavy truck movements for only two weeks to assess the operationalization of the newly refurbished facility.
RTDA had requested to carry out the trials after the completion of construction and refurbishment of the facility. The trials will be held for a period of two weeks.
“The Management of Rwanda Revenue Authority is pleased to inform the general public that heavy trucks are allowed to provisionally cross Katuna OSBP between June 10-22 2019 in order to facilitate the trial activities requested by RTDA”, Bizimana stated.
Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda on February 28 informing Uganda Revenue Authority that Katuna OSBP had been temporarily closed to expedite construction works. Heavy trucks were thus diverted via Mirama Hills Border.
However, President Paul Kagame later confirmed that the border had not been closed to facilitate infrastructure development but because of politics. He accused Uganda of ignoring key issues that Kigali had raised including allegations that Uganda supports Rwandan dissidents hostile to Kigali, arrest and harassment of Rwandan citizens in Uganda and blocking of free movement of Rwandan goods.
Uganda denies the allegations. The diplomatic feud has persisted since February.