Travel to and from Rwanda through the three main border crossings has continued to be restricted following a series of directives from the Rwandan government. According to Uganda government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, the government of Uganda is working towards finding a solution to the current border crisis. However, officials from the Rwandan government have said there is no restriction on Ugandans traveling to Uganda, NTV reported. Rwanda’s state minister for foreign affairs in charge of the East African Community, Oliver Nduhungirehe, on Friday, March 1, clarified that Rwanda’s borders were not closed He also noted that Rwandans were however strongly advised not to travel to Uganda. ‘As explained to many journalists, all Rwanda’s borders are open. Trucks and heavy vehicles are advised to use Kagitumba due to ongoing construction at Gatuna,’‘ he said. ‘‘Rwandans are strongly advised not to travel to Uganda due to ongoing arrests, harassment, torture,Incarceration without consular access, deportation etc. This is for their own security,” he added. In his briefing to journalists, Opondo said Rwandans were being prevented from traveling to Uganda, and trucks from Uganda had been barred from accessing Rwanda via Katuna. ‘‘All vehicles coming from Rwanda enter well into Uganda but it’s the opposite on the Rwandan side. Rwandese aren’t being allowed to travel and enter Uganda but Ugandan nationals are. What is being stopped are only vehicles because of the blockage,’‘ Opondo explained. Opondo went on to address the issue of whether Uganda is harassing Rwandan nationals, through arbitrary arrests and deportations. ‘‘We would like to send a clear message to Rwanda that there’s no one Uganda is harassing from Rwanda or has in custody,’‘ Opondo said. To which the Rwandan minister responded by citing 40 Rwandan nationals that he said were ‘‘languishin


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