The Uganda-Rwanda borders were closed on February 27, 2019. At the time, Rwandan President, Paul Kagame accused Ugandan authorities of spying on Rwanda, abducting Rwandan citizens and locking them up in non-designated areas.
Asaph Atuheire Kyoojo, a taxi driver along Katuna-Kabale road told URN that the border closure has heavily affected business. Atuheire says that taxis, which would load passengers in just minutes before the border closure now wait for about eight
hours without any single passenger.
Rwanda had last month filed two applications where one is seeking to halt these proceedings until a full bench of the East African Court Judges is constituted due to the alleged complexity of the matter.
Kukundankwe says that after their arrest they were taken to Bungwe prison where they spent two days before they were transferred to another prison at Burera district headquarters. She says they appeared before court and were sentenced to two year’s imprisonment to suffer on grounds that Rwandans nationals are also suffering in Uganda.
Ndagijimana and Munyembazi died on the spot while Gastiri fled back to Uganda. Rwandan security accused the group of smuggling bales of secondhand clothes, local gin (popularly known as Kanyanga in Rwanda) and packed tea through the porous border.
Addressing journalists at State lodge Makanga hill in Kabale district on Tuesday during two days’ visit in Kigezi Sub-region, Museveni confirmed that talks started early this month in Luanda-Angola, when he met the President of Rwanda, Paull Kagame together with Angolan President, João Lourenço and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Félix Tshisekedi.