Rwanda Revenue Authority: We Are Upgrading Border Post

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In short
in a statement dated February 28th 2019, signed by Rosine Uwamariya, the Rwanda Revenue Authority Commissioner for Customs Services addressed to the Commissioner for Customs at Uganda Revenue Authority, the authority indicates that said heavy trucks would be diverted to Kagitumba/Mirama border post in Ntungamo district.

Rwanda Revenue Authority has attributed the closure of Gatuna border to the on-going upgrading of the one-stop border post.

It started on Wednesday evening when Rwanda's Security at Katuna border barred trucks from crossing to either side of the border. On Thursday morning, security officials also barred buses carrying passengers from crossing to either side leaving several traders, passengers and truck driver stranded.

In a statement dated February 28th 2019, signed by Rosine Uwamariya, the Rwanda Revenue Authority-RAA Commissioner for Customs Services addressed to the Commissioner for Customs at Uganda Revenue Authority, RAA indicates that heavy trucks will diverted to Kagitumba/Mirama border post in Ntungamo district.

Uwamariya explains the diversion is temporary and aimed at reducing traffic at Gatuna to allow completion of the border post works.  Uwamariya says that the diversion which has no time frame will provide the contractor ample space to accomplish works on time.

However, Samuel Serwanga Bunkedeko, the Chairperson of Clearing Agent at Katuna border says that the statement could be aimed at diverting the public adding that they have reliable information that Ugandan vehicles at Mirama and Chanika borders have also been blocked.

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Nelson Shangabasheija, the LC3 chairperson for Katuna town council says that by Thursday evening, all people with Rwandan passports and national identity cards could not be allowed to cross to Uganda on foot.

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


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