Home Main Stories Travel advisory to Uganda still stands, says Sezibera

Travel advisory to Uganda still stands, says Sezibera

By The New Times

Sezibera addresses senators in Kigali yesterday.

Rwanda’s advisory that warns its citizens against travelling to Uganda still stands, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has said.

The clarification came after Rwanda announced on Sunday temporary re-opening of Gatuna border for heavy trucks.

In an interview with The New Times on Monday, Richard Sezibera said the Gatuna border with Uganda has re-opened for heavy trucks in order to test facilities at the border following the construction of a one-stop border post, but Rwandans should continue to heed the travel advisory for their own safety.

The minister spoke to this newspaper from Parliamentary Buildings in Kigali, shortly after he met senators for a session focused on explaining the Government’s foreign policy on promoting trade and investment.

“The travel advisory has not changed. The travel advisory says that ‘you are strongly advised not to travel to Uganda’. That hasn’t changed,” he said.

At the beginning of March this year, the Government advised Rwandans not to go to Uganda because their security was not guaranteed in that country.

“Rwandans are arrested, tortured, and harassed in Uganda; this is an issue we have raised with Uganda many times at different levels. Those that are not arrested, harassed, and detained are deported for reasons which we don’t understand,” Sezibera told this newspaper in March.

Rwandan officials say that Ugandan authorities have arrested scores of Rwandan citizens for unclear reasons and have deported or denied entry to hundreds of others since January 2018.

Rwanda’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe, revealed in a tweet late last month that Rwanda was pleading for the release of about a hundred of its citizens languishing in Uganda’s jails, mostly ungazetted.

Meanwhile, the foreign minister emphasised that Rwanda’s foreign policy on trade and investment will focus more on involving members of the private sector to take advantage of trade opportunities in other countries.

He told senators in the session about the Government’s foreign policy on the promotion of trade and investment, known as economic diplomacy strategy, that there is need for members of the private sector to work more closely with the Government to state where they need help.

Government will focus efforts at facilitating Rwandan businesses on how they can take advantage of the opportunities abroad, he said.

Source: The New Times / Rwanda

Most Popular

The nightmare of Sgt. Maj. Robert Kabera’s defiled daughter

By Mary Cyusa The 15-year old daughter of Sgt. Maj. Robert Kabera is distraught....

Family of Sgt. Maj. Kabera who defiled his daughter and fled to Uganda urge him to hand himself in

By Yves Muneza The family of deserted and disgraced RDF soldier Sgt. Maj. Robert...

Latest on illicit Ugandan guns intercepted in Kenya – Kampala security team secretly negotiates for their release

By Jean Gatera New information reaching our website confirms that the guns which Kampala...

In its last kicks, terror group CNRD’s interim president threatens “to launch war”

By Joan Karera On one of the anti-Rwanda YouTube channels, Francine Umubyeyi, the interim...

A Nigerian commentator’s strange take on matters to do with Rwanda

By Jason Muhire Nigerian writer Festus Adebayo argues that his country’s president, Muhammadu Buhari...

Ugandan envoy Ayebare’s misleading interview with NBS TV on relations with Rwanda

By Alex Muhumuza Talking about Rwanda, Uganda relations in a report aired by NBS...
- Advertisment -