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Rwanda pens to East Africa Countries over DR Congo request to join bloc

Neighbouring DR Congo has formally expressed interest in joining the East African Community (EAC) in a letter by President Félix Tshisekedi to the EAC Chairman, President Paul Kagame, expressing his country’s wish to join the bloc.

The letter is dated June 8, 2019, in which Tshisekedi states that his request follows the ever-growing trade between the business community in his country and member states of the EAC.

Rwanda , Uganda Border closure affects revenue collection in Katuna town council

The closure of the Rwandan border has affected revenue collection by Katuna town council.

Rwanda closed its border with Uganda at Katuna in Kabale district and Chanika in Kisoro district to expedite the construction of the single customs post at Gatuna border.  Rwanda advised truck drivers destined to Kigali to use Kagitumba border via Mirama Hills.

Rwanda parades over 20 citizens deported from Uganda, urges end to ‘illegal arrests, torture’

The Government has welcomed more than 20 Rwandans who it says were deported Wednesday from Uganda, where they had been illegally detained.

In a statement released late Wednesday, Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Minister of State in charge of the East African Community, “expressed his sympathy to the deported Rwandans and their families for the pain and difficulties they faced.”

Rwanda maintains citizen travel ban to Uganda

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.

Rwandan who bribed his way back home from Ugandan jail speaks out

Ishimwe was picked up from Bugolobi by operatives attached to Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) on December 24, 2018.

The family of Moses Ishimwe Rutare, 33, a Rwandan national who had been kidnapped by Ugandan operatives in December last year, had to  pay up to Ush2 million (about Rwf480,000) in what it says was a ransom for his return to Rwanda.

They say the money was paid to a state attorney, having previously paid another 18 million Ugandan Shillings in legal fees.

Ishimwe, who returned from Uganda on Thursday last week, and his elder brother Fred Irumva Rutare, were yesterday speaking to The New Times, months after the former was picked up by Uganda’s security agents from a church in Bugolobi, Kampala, where he had gone for prayers.

Rwanda -Uganda tension: Gatuna border still closed despite opening issued notice

The process of clearing trucks on the Uganda-Rwanda border of Gatuna is yet to start despite an announcement of a partial border opening this morning.

Rwanda Revenue Authority announced last night that the area will be open from today June 10, 2019, to June 22, 2019. According to an announcement signed by Pascal Bizimana Ruganintwali, the Commissioner General Rwanda Revenue Authority, the partial opening is aimed at carrying out trials for heavy trucks movement on Gatuna One Stop Border Post (OSBP) and to assess the operationalization of the constructed works and equipment before the reception of works.

Rwanda – Uganda tension: Gatuna border re-opens

Gatuna border post between Rwanda and Uganda will effective Monday, June 10, reopen to heavy trucks for a period of two weeks, Rwanda Revenue Authority has said.

The tax authority said in a statement that this will allow for trial activities following the construction of one-stop border post facilities on the Rwandan side of the border crossing.

Horizon Bus manager released by Rwanda security

The manager of Horizon Bus company at Chanika border in Kisoro district has been released by the Rwanda government. 

Emmanuel Sebuzuru on Wednesday this week crossed to Ruhengeri town in Rwanda to pick company cash but was arrested by Rwandan security before he could return to the Ugandan side of the border.  

He was reportedly first detained in Ruhengeri town, Musanze district, northern Rwanda before he was transferred to Rwanda capital, Kigali after security officials told him that he had been wanted for facilitating the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), a rebel group led by Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa.  

Ugandan Horizon Bus manager detained in Rwanda

KISORO—Security operatives in Kisoro District are investigating a case in which the manager of Horizon Bus Company based in Kisoro District, was arrested on Wednesday at Cyanika border post by Rwandan security agencies.

Kisoro District Resident District Commissioner, Mr Peter Mugisha on Friday said his office does not know why Mr Sebuzuru, 55, was arrested.

Rwandan first smartphone hits market in two months

Locally made smartphones by Mara Corporation will be available on the local and international markets within two months, Ashish Thakkar, the company’s chief executive said on Thursday.

He was speaking at the inaugural Made-in-Africa Leadership Conference in Kigali, which brought together senior executives and business leaders from across the continent.

Museveni silent on Uganda-Rwanda conflict , says Opposition

Members of the opposition have said that President Yoweri Museveni’s silence on the ongoing conflict between Uganda and Rwanda is a disturbing development.

They argue that President Museveni’s State of the Nation address, delivered this evening, was inadequate and merely ceremonial because it left out key issues that Ugandans wanted to hear.

Rwanda blocks 280 pilgrims at Uganda border, reports say

Rwanda’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) personnel have blocked over 280 pilgrims from entering Uganda to celebrate along with thousands of pilgrims from across the world who have travelled to mark Uganda Martyrs’ day at Namugongo tomorrow on 3rd June 2019.

These religious Catholic pilgrims arrived at Katuna and Miramahill border yesterday evening crossing only to be denied to leave Rwanda by the enclave’s security operatives who have been manning at the Rwanda – Uganda border.

Three Rwandan women deported from Uganda, recount ordeal suffered in detention

Veronica Ingabire left Rwanda in May last year, along with her husband, to visit family members but the journey was cut short.

When they arrived at Cyanika on the Ugandan side, they were asked to get out of the bus and present their travel documents, only to be arrested.

“We ordinarily crossed with our IDs but when we reached Cyanika on the side of Uganda we were arrested. Security officers (we were later told they were from CMI) said we had crossed illegally saying that we were not allowed to use IDs,” she says.

Uganda and Rwanda’s slippery slope – Andrew Mwenda

 The conflict between Uganda and Rwanda is escalating and, if not arrested, will most likely lead to war. Last week, Uganda claimed that Rwandan troops had crossed into Uganda and shot two people dead. Rwanda said the incident took place on its soil. Given the circumstances, the facts do not really matter. In such tense situations, these incidents only provide propaganda value to partisans on each side to prove their side to be the aggrieved party.

Rwanda’s twelve warnings to Uganda

The unfortunate death of two smugglers at the Uganda-Rwanda border last week has elicited some bizarre behaviour from the authorities in Uganda.

The bizarre behavior by Uganda ranges from dismissing the observations of their own officials on the ground who, along with their Rwandan counterparts, met after the incident and determined that it had taken place inside the territory of Rwanda.

Rwanda likely to close it’s embassy in Uganda

Uganda – Rwanda relationship continues to worsen every single day that passes which is poised to affect the East African Community were both countries are member states. Uganda is on the verge of closing Rwanda’s Embassy in Kampala arguing that it’s a base of subversive activities against a sovereign state of Uganda.

Intelligence has it that Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame is using the Rwanda Embassy as the headquarters of Terrorism, money laundering, political interference as he (Kagame) fights for influence in Uganda.