Uganda summons Rwandan ambassador over border tensions

Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has summoned the Rwandan Ambassador to Uganda Maj Gen Frank Mugambage over the closure of Rwanda’s borders with Uganda.

Rwanda closed its border crossings on Wednesday leaving several travellers and traders stranded.

The two neighbouring countries share three border crossings at Kyanika in Kisoro, Katuna in Kabale and Mirima hills in Ntungamo district.

Nearly 130 trucks with merchandise destined for Rwanda remain parked at the Ugandan side of the borders after the Rwandan givernment denied them entry.

Rwandans are also not allowed to cross into Uganda.

Uganda Media Centre executive director Ofwono Opondo speaking to the media on Mar 1 2019.

Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had invited Mugambage to explain the reasons behind the closing of the borders.

Uganda has also directed its Ambassador to Rwanda Oliver Wonekha to seek answers from Kigali.

“They claimed that they are doing construction on their Katuna side but why are all other boarder points closed yet there is no construction?” Ofwono Opondo.

Uganda’s relations with Rwanda deteriorated last year with the arrest and deportation of Rwandan nationals who were said to be a threat to Uganda’s security.

The latest deportation was late in January when Annie Bilenge Tabura, the former MTN Uganda general manager for sales and distribution was declared a non wanted person in Uganda.