The Rwandan government’s ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation has revealed the date for the reopening of the Katuna or Gatuna border point with Uganda.
The border point has been closed since 2019 over a rift between Kampala and Kigali.
Now, in a statement from the foreign affairs ministry, Rwanda says that commitments made in a meeting between President Kagame and President Museveni’s son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba were the basis of the decision to reopen. (Read story here).
Rwanda’s foreign affairs ministry has now announced that the Katuna/Gatuna border point will officially reopen on January 31st.
This means that the border point will be reopened next week, on Monday, after almost three years.
“Following the visit to Rwanda of Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Senior Presidential Adviser on Special Operations and Commander of Land Forces of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) on 22nd January 2022, the Government of Rwanda has taken note that there is a process to solve issues raised by Rwanda, as well as commitments made by the Government of Uganda to address remaining obstacles,” read a statement from the Rwandan foreign affairs and international cooperation ministry in part.
“In this regard and in line with the communiqué of the 4th Quadripartite Summit held at Gatuna/Katuna on 21st February 2020, the Government of Rwanda wishes to inform the public that the Gatuna border post between Rwanda and Uganda will be re-opened from 31st January 2022.”
Rwanda further reiterated its commitment to ensuring a peaceful resolution to the crisis with Uganda.
“The Government of Rwanda remains committed to ongoing efforts to resolve pending issues between Rwanda and Uganda and believes that today’s announcement will contribute positively to the speedy normalization of relations between the two countries.”
Kigali also noted that it would work with Kampala’s health ministry authorities to put in place Covid19 prevention protocols.
“As it is the case for other land border posts in the country, health authorities of Rwanda and Uganda will work together to put in place necessary measures to facilitate movement in the context of COVID-19.”
See photos showing the New Look of Katuna (Gatuna) Border Point Reopening on Monday after Three Years of Closure here.