By Kampala Post Reporter
KAMPALA. Rwandan Authorities at the Katuna Border have for the second time in one month blocked Ugandan trucks with various goods from entering the neigbouring country.
It is not clear why the Rwandan authorities have continued to block Ugandan products but the Kampala Post has established that the traders with their trucks have since Wednesday at 6 pm been stranded at the border.
This is not the first time Rwandan authorities are barring Ugandan goods from entering their country.
Three weeks ago, the Rwandan government blocked entry of Ugandan cement that was being exported into Rwanda at Katuna border post.
When contacted, government spokesman Mr Ofwono Opondo confirmed that indeed Ugandan traders are stranded at the Uganda-Rwanda border.
“It's true since yesterday 6.00pm the Rwanda authorities have prevented the entry and exit of goods even petty small items like foodstuffs being purchased by their own citizens,” said Mr Opondo.
He added: “Initially the official reason was that Katuna border was congested and advised travelers and businesses to go through Mirama hills. However, the Rwanda customs claims not to know any other reason and has indeed written to URA to that effect.”
Mr Opondo says that Rwanda customs says it is Rwanda police blocking free movement of goods on all the three border posts ie Katuna, Kyanika, and Mirama hills.
“In the circumstances, Uganda continues to monitor and engage with Rwanda,” he said.
The Kampala Post has seen a letter by the Rwandan authorities claiming that the trucks from Rwanda were blocked to reduce traffic at the Katuna border.