The Uganda government has began installing cargo, baggage, and walk-through scanners at Uganda-Rwanda border checkpoints.
Kampala says the scanners are meant to “increase trade efficiency while simultaneously preventing cross-border terrorism and illegal commerce”.
According to Charles Wanjala, the Uganda Revenue Authority’s south western area supervisor, sophisticated scanners would be deployed in Kagitumba, Gatuna, and Cyanika borders. The other scanner will be installed at the Bunagana border with DR Congo.
“The scanners will assist URA in improving security and services,” said the official as quoted by Ugandan media.
“We used to disagree with security over techniques of cargo inspection from other nations. However, this allows us to reveal all details in order to eliminate any uncertainty about the contents of shipments. I would also boost openness between URA and security while reducing shipment inspection duration from an hour to less than ten minutes.”
Reports show that an average of 200 commercial vehicles are cleared at the Kagitumba- Mirama Hills border post every day. On a regular operation, however, there would be over 400 vehicles.
Rwanda and Uganda stopped most cross-border movements between the two countries since March 2019, a situation that created a huge effect on daily life for families in both countries.
Both countries accuse the other of interference in each other’s affairs.