Uganda and Rwanda’s relationship isn’t fairing well as shocking revelations came to light about the recent heavy fines on buses taking Rwandans to the pearl of Africa.
According to Observer, Rwanda recently allowed passenger buses to travel from Kigali to Kampala through the Katuna border in Kabale district and Chanika in Kisoro district but with strict restrictions against carrying Rwandans aboard.
Rwanda has over the last one week blocked cargo trucks and buses from crossing through the two points of entry, reportedly to pave way for upgrading the one stop border post at Gatuna. The trucks were advised to use Mirama/Kagitumba border in Ntungamo district, a directive which paralyzed business and transport across the borderline.
On Saturday, Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) increased tariffs for every truck crossing via Chanika, from Rwanda Francs 200,000 (about 816,000) to Rwanda Francs 400,000 (about Shs 1,632,000). Now, the bus operators say that they have been allowed to cross to and from Rwanda since Sunday evening but on different and tougher terms.
Trinity bus company operators told reporters that they were allowed by security and Rwanda Revenue Authority officials to cross from Rwanda to Uganda via Katuna border on Monday, on condition that they carried no Rwandans to Uganda.
Source: The Observer