It is not possible to have free trade if traders are killed-Rwanda to Uganda

The government of Rwanda has largely condemned inflaming statements from Uganda including a recent one issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uganda on 13 March 2019, which are diversionary and do not address fundamental issues raised by Rwanda.

The statement released by Uganda Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kuteesa the other day indicated that Rwandan leaders have prohibited Uganda exports to Rwanda.

The government of Rwanda has today slammed Uganda’s claims considering them untrue.

“It is not possible to have free trade including free movement of goods if traders are killed, tortured, extorted and their property are illegally seized. These are the fundamental issues that need to be addressed. Claims that Rwanda has instituted trade embargo on Uganda are as untrue as they are diversionary,” reads part of the statement released by the government of Rwanda.

Among other fundamental issues pointed out by the statement include the fate of hundreds of Rwandans, whose names are known to the Government of Uganda, who have been killed, arrested, incarcerated without consular access and tortured, nor the close to one thousand illegally deported to Rwanda in inhumane conditions.

The presence of armed groups and terrorist organizations hostile to Rwanda, including RNC, FDLR, and others, who are supported in their activities, including recruitment, by institutions and officials of the Government of Uganda are among other issues of which details have been repeatedly communicated to the Government of Uganda according to the statement.

Uganda has been tasked to clarify the issue of targeting of ordinary Rwandan citizens involved in regular business and trade activities, within the framework of the East African Community and the hampering of the free movement of goods, including perishables, to and through Uganda.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Richard Sezibera recently told IGIHE that there is no established number of Rwandans killed in Uganda noting however that over 40 were arrested in the country while 986 have been expelled.

Rwanda has in the statement released today, assured commitment to free movement in the region and the continent in general.

“Rwanda’s commitment to free movement of people, including Ugandans, goods, and services within the region and on the continent is unquestionable. The Government of Rwanda calls upon the Government of Uganda to address the key issues stated above and as already repeatedly communicated in bilateral settings,” reads the statement.

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