Rwanda-Uganda border row: Both countries exchange ‘barbed rhetoric’.

Uganda and Rwanda have been embroiled in much border row following the closure of Katuna border by Rwandan authorities. This decision is wreaking havoc on both Rwandans and Ugandans.

The row on the closure of the Rwanda border at Gatuna last week has left most Ugandans stranded on the border.

‘Barbed rhetoric’.

Rwanda accused its much larger neighbor, Uganda, on Tuesday of supporting rebels opposed to the government in Kigali, a claim firmly refuted by Kampala.

Rwandan Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera told journalists that Kigali had information that rebels of the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) “communicate with Ugandan people and give them instructions on arresting Rwandans”.

“Our only concern is that the RNC is acting with and in support with people from Uganda,” Sezibera said.

‘Uganda brushes off Rwandan accusations’.

Uganda, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, chaired by Sam Kutesa, has vehemently denied Rwandans accusations.

In a statement, the Ugandan Foreign Ministry rebutted the reports Rwandans accuses Uganda of ‘hosting elements of rebels poised to overthrow Kigali government’.

The statement, seen by RegionWeek, rejects also the claim that Rwanda puts forward that Rwandans are tortured and facing deportation.

The statement reads: “It is not true that Uganda arrests, tortures and harasses Rwandans. It is well known that Uganda welcomes and maintain an open door policy for people of all nationalities, including Rwandans wishing to visit the country”.

Nevetherless, Sam Kutesa, warned any foreign intruders. “As a country that has been a target of terrorist attacks… we remain vigilant…In this regard, the government of Uganda remains committed to protecting the security of its citizens and its borders and will act accordingly against local or foreign threats.”

‘EAC called upon to intervene’.

Ugandan party, The Democratic Party (DP), has called upon the East African Community (EAC) to intervene in the growing tension between Uganda and Rwanda.

The party spokesperson Paul Kenneth Kakande asked the regional intergovernmental organization to build bridges between the two countries to salvage a big conflict.

“The community should be moving forward to removing barriers between member countries and bring lasting peace in the region,” he said during the party’s weekly briefing at its headquarters in Kampala on Tuesday.

Kakande said that the regional body should not keep a deaf ear when there is tension among member states.

 

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