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New Border Post Opens Between Uganda and Rwanda

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New Uganda Rwanda Border Post Opens for Easier Travel and Trade
New Uganda Rwanda Border Post Opens for Easier Travel and Trade
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Highlights:

  • Uganda-Rwanda Border Post Promotes Legal Crossings
  • Kizinga-Rwempasha Border Post Aims to Boost Trade and Security
  • Improved Infrastructure and More Border Posts Enhance Uganda-Rwanda Relations

In a recent development, the governments of Uganda and Rwanda inaugurated a new border post at Kizinga in Ntungamo District on Tuesday. The Kizinga-Rwempasha border post, situated in Ntungamo District on the Ugandan side and Nyagatare District on the Rwandan side, is located 18 kilometers off the Mbarara-Kabale road. This marks the fourth border post between the two countries, with the others being Katuna/Gatuna in Kabale District, Kyanika/Cyanika in Kisoro, and Mirama hills/Kagitumba in Ntungamo.

Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, inaugurated the border post alongside Rwandan officials. He emphasized that the new border post would aid in combating illegal immigration and transnational crimes. Musanyufu stated, “It is our conviction that free movement of persons promotes growth of economies. We are going to open up more border posts to enable our people to move not only freely and legally between the two countries but also facilitate strong bilateral engagements.”

Ms. Lynda Nkuranga, the Director General of Immigration and Emigration in Rwanda, highlighted that the long distances between border posts had contributed to illegal crossings between the two countries. She expressed optimism that the opening of additional border posts would reduce criminality and illegal activities across borders.

To promote the use of recognized border points, Nkuranga mentioned plans to sensitize the local population and establish necessary infrastructure. Ntungamo District Woman MP Bata Kamateneti welcomed the new border post, foreseeing a significant reduction in smuggling activities. She explained, “This border post will reduce smuggling across borders by 98 percent. Our people have been involved in smuggling because they can’t access legal borders.”

Rushenyi County MP Naome Kabasharira stressed the importance of improving infrastructure, such as roads, to facilitate seamless business operations now that the border is legally recognized. She stated, “We appeal now that the border is open; both governments work on improving infrastructure such as roads to ensure business is done without any major hindrances.”

Mr. Justus Bataringaya, the Ngoma Sub-county district councillor, highlighted the economic potential of the area and how illegal border posts had hindered its development. He expressed happiness that the new border post would transform their communities. Additionally, Ms. Allen Asasira called for the opening of markets across these borders to facilitate local businesses.