March 1, 2019

Rwanda, Uganda Foreign Ministers Speak on Phone


Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s State Minister for East African Affairs

Rwanda’s foreign affairs minister Dr Richard Sezibera has spoken on phone with Uganda counterpart Sam Kutesa over the escalating tensions – two days after it all ratcheted up.

Olivier Nduhungirehe, State Minister for East African Affairs said Friday afternoon that the two ministers had discussed the situation at the border.

Uganda claims Rwanda has closed its Gatuna border, but Kigali says the “temporary closure” is to allow for works on the ongoing construction of a one border post.

Uganda’s spokesperson Ofwono Opondo who held a media briefing today morning is also continuously making false statements, according to Nduhungirehe.

“…information related to any closure of our common border or any summoning of our High Commissioner in Kampala is simply not true,” said Nduhungirehe on Twitter.

He was dismissing earlier announcement by Opondo that Rwanda’s envoy Maj Gen Frank Mugambage.

Nduhungirehe announced that Rwanda’s foreign ministry “will communicate soon” about the growing public spat.

Rwanda’s foreign affairs minister Dr Richard Sezibera with Uganda counterpart Sam Kutesa on the latter’s visit in Kigali last October to deliver message his boss President Yoweri Museveni

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