Rwanda to re-open border with Uganda as relations thaw
Rwanda will re-open on Monday a border crossing with Uganda that was shuttered nearly three years ago, even as tensions rise between the central African neighbours.
Image:GETTY IMAGESRwanda will re-open on Monday a border crossing with Uganda that was shuttered nearly three years ago, even as tensions rise between the central African neighbours, fuelled by accusations of espionage and support for each other's dissidents.
Rwanda had repeatedly accused Uganda of supporting rebel groups planning to topple the government in Kigali while Kampala accused Rwanda of carrying out illegal espionage activities in Uganda.In a statement on Twitter on Friday, Rwanda's foreign ministry said the country would re-open the common border on Jan. 31.Read more: Sowetan LIVE »
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Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, grew up in Uganda.“The leaders identified the need for SA and Zambia to keep one another abreast of investment opportunities in each country and to actively encourage business to invest in areas of mutual benefit for regional development, such as in mineral beneficiation, local manufacturing and agriculture,” said acting presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale.27 January 2022 - 16:57 Courtney Walsh Matteo Berrettini is seeking to become the first Italian to win the Australian Open.28 January 2022 - 10:53 Agency Staff Picture: BLOOMBERG China and Russia will sign an agreement to build a research station on the moon, officials at the Chinese space agency said.
Image: GETTY IMAGES Rwanda will re-open on Monday a border crossing with Uganda that was shuttered nearly three years ago, even as tensions rise between the central African neighbours, fuelled by accusations of espionage and support for each other's dissidents. Rwanda had repeatedly accused Uganda of supporting rebel groups planning to topple the government in Kigali while Kampala accused Rwanda of carrying out illegal espionage activities in Uganda. Seale said the two African leaders used the meeting as an opportunity to discuss matters ahead of an inaugural binational commission taking place later this year. In a statement on Twitter on Friday, Rwanda's foreign ministry said the country would re-open the common border on Jan. The 35-year-old has said he is more motivated by the love of playing than finishing ahead of Djokovic and Federer. 31. This shared approach includes the use of multilateral bodies to advance the African agenda and that of the global South, and the collective solidarity of the Sadc community in the fight against terrorism and insurgencies,” said Seale. “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,” it said in the statement. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to be the most notable world leader to visit Beijing for the opening of the Winter Olympics next week.
Various attempts, including mediation efforts by Angola, to restore normal relations and open the border had yielded little. Seale said the two leaders also noted progress in the establishment of facilities in Africa for the production of vaccines and other therapeutics that will reach populations around the continent. “I like to think that I’m writing a little bit [of] Italian tennis history. The border closure in March 2019 had severely disrupted the trade links in the region. For its external trade, Rwanda primarily relies on a transport corridor that runs from the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa through Kenya and Uganda. The same road also funnels goods through Rwanda to Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. “If it’s true, then it will be history. Rwanda and Uganda have long harboured mutual suspicions and hostilities, partly stemming from historical ties between both countries' politics and security. China’s most recent mission to the moon was the Chang’e 5, which returned to Earth with lunar samples in 2021.
Paul Kagame, Rwanda's current leader, grew up in Uganda and participated in the a guerrilla struggle that brought Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni, 77, to power. The move to re-open the border followed a meeting in Kigali last week between Kagame and Museveni's son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba who is also a general in the military and who the public widely believes is being prepared to take over from his long-serving father. “I’m headed towards the right direction and things look good for me so far,” Tsitsipas, the youngest of the four semi-finalists at 23, said. A resumption of normal trade at the two countries' border crossing is potentially a much needed impetus for jump-starting regional economies battered by effects of Covid-19 containment measures. Rwanda and Uganda are members of regional trade bloc East African Community alongside Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and South Sudan. Reuters . When Medvedev mentioned he had channelled the warrior spirit of Djokovic after overturning a two-set deficit against Felix Auger-Aliassime, he was booed by some fans.com Bloomberg Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.