Parliament Asks Gov't to Explain Uganda-Rwanda Tensions


In short
Muhammad Nsereko the MP Kampala Central Division raised a matter of national importance on Tuesday saying Uganda cannot look on as Rwanda closes its borders and issues travel advisories.

Parliament has given government an ultimatum to explain the current stand-off between Uganda and Rwanda.

Muhammad Nsereko, the MP Kampala Central Division raised the issue as a matter of national importance on Tuesday, saying Uganda cannot look on as Rwanda closes its borders and issues travel advisories.

Nsereko says the government should not keep silent and turn a blind eye on what is happening.

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Anne Adeke Ebaju, the Female Youth MP said she once raised issues of Rwandans being arrested by Uganda, but Government has not been honest. Adeke said Government should be given a timeline on when this issue can be resolved.

Gilbert Olanya, the Kilak South MP alleges that Ugandans in Rwanda are being threatened and government should not ignore their plight.

Geoffrey Macho the Busia Municipality says both countries have deployed heavily at the border, and yet Ugandans are being kept in the dark on what is going on. 

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Gen Moses Ali, the first deputy prime Minister said Ugandans should be calm because government is working on resolving the tension.

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The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said the country has continued to see lack of progress on solving the tension. She says Uganda needs to know the progress of the negotiation and whether they can proceed with their business at the border.

She gave government up to Thursday to report to Parliament. On the tensions between the two countries.

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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