PHOTO: Katuna/Gatuna Border Posts - Rwanda Broadcasting Agency.
The Uganda-Rwanda border posts at Katuna – Gatuna to resume operations on Monday, 31st January 2022 following two diplomatic visits by Uganda’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Adonia Ayebare, and Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Senior Presidential Adviser on Special Operations and Commander of Land Forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces. Rwanda’s Ministry responsible for foreign affairs and international has confirmed in public communication citing that “there is a process to solve issues raised by Rwanda, as well as commitments made by the government of Uganda to address remaining obstacles.” The document reads in part.
It should be noted that Katuna – Gatuna posts are as important to the Uganda and Rwanda business communities and economies as Mutukula and Malaba are to Uganda – Tanzania and Uganda – Kenya respectively, among other critical border points between South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The diplomatic consensus to open up Gatuna/Katuna was a due, critical and urgent matter to solve. The two brotherly nations are huge markets for each other’s goods. Especially, communities near our two border posts on both sides that had lost income, peace, and their developments suffocated!
The decisions by both sides are also very key and strategic for the East African Federation, and regional security, especially now that DRC is becoming a part of the bloc.