Rwanda temporarily reopens Gatuna border

Rwanda has temporarily reopened the Gatuna border after shutting it down on February 28.

A communiqué by the Rwanda Revenue Authority has indicated the ‘Gatuna border will be open for two weeks allow heavy trucks to cross the border’.

The communiqué says the border will be reopened temporarily from June 10 through June 22, 2019.

“Reference is made to Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) letter dated 7th June 2019, which expresses the need to carry out trials for the heavy trucks movement at Gatuna OSBP for a period of two (2) weeks from 10th up to 22nd June 2019, and assess the operationalization of the constructed works and equipment before the reception of works,”

“The management of Rwanda Revenue Authority is pleased to inform the general public that heavy trucks are allowed to provisionally cross Gatuna OSBP between 10th and 22nd June in order to facilitate these trial activities as requested by RTDA,” reads the letter dated June 7 and signed by Pascal Bizimana Ruganintwali, the Commissioner General of Rwanda Revenue Authority, reads in part

A diplomatic row between the two countries saw cross-border movements stopped for the last three months disrupting business and daily life for families across the two countries.

The strain saw President Uhuru Kenyatta unsuccessfully embark on one-day shuttle diplomacy between the two neighbours.

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