Following reports that several trucks loaded with goods from Uganda were blocked from entering Rwanda for hours at the border, the neighboring country has come out to explain the cause.
Ugandan trucks are now being diverted to Mirama border
Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) says Ugandan trucks were being held because of roadworks taking place on the other side of the boarder.
Reports started emerging yesterday that numerous trucks were stranded yet again at the Katuna boarder in Kabale district, without being let in by the Rwandan authorities.
This reportedly happened to be the second time in one month that Rwanda was blocking Ugandan trucks at the border.
Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo, was quoted by media stating that the Ugandan trucks were being blocked by Rwandan Police and that the Rwanda Revenue Authority was unaware of the blockade.
RRA has however, now come out to state that the Ugandan trucks were being stopped because of ongoing road works
Rosine Owamariya, Rwanda’s Commissioner Customs in a correspondence with her Ugandan counterpart, said as such, the heavy trucks from Ugandan would have to be diverted from Katuna the new Mirama boarder point starting today Thursday.
“In a bid to expedite the construction works currently taking place at Gatuna Border posts that are aimed at extending smooth flow of goods and services at the border post, we are considering reducing the traffic of heavy trucks to allow completion of the OSBP infrastructure,” she said.
“In view of the above, Rwanda Revenue Authority would like to inform you that with effect from 28th February 2019, all heavy trucks carrying goods destined and those transiting via Gatuna shall be temporarily diverted from using Gatuna Border Post to Kagitumba/ Mirama Hills border posts.
“The reduction in the traffic of these trucks shall provide ample space to the contractor to accomplish the works on time and the dates to resume the use of the route shall be communicated.”