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Rwanda Condemned For Closing Border With Uganda

Rwanda Condemned For Closing Border With Uganda

Yesterday the East African Court of Justice condemned Rwanda for the time it closed its border to Uganda for three whole years.

Apparently, this action contravenes the East African Treaty rules of free movement across the member states of the EAC.

Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda at Gatuna and Cyanika in 2019 which consequently paralyzed business and halted movement. After four months since Rwanda officially reopened the border, a panel of five justices condemned the act.

Led by the Principal Judge, Dr Yohane Masara, they ruled that the acts contravened specifically Articles 5,6 and 7, among other articles of the Treaty.

They also said restricting freedom of movement of Rwandan nationals to Uganda totally infringed and violated the protocol of free movement of goods and persons.

Henceforth, the regional court warned Rwanda against violating any provisions of the Treaty. It also called upon partner states to always adhere to the treaties they sign.

The ruling of the court followed a case filed in April 2019 by a concerned lawyer, Mr Steven Kalali. Mr. Kalali said the conduct of the Rwandan President Paul Kagame aggrieved him.

Apparently, President Kagame refused immigration officers and revenue authorities at the border posts to allow Ugandan citizens, traders and goods from crossing into his country over unjustified reasons.

In similar news previously reported by NEWSLEXPOINT.com, in recent developments, the Democratic Republic of Congo closed its border with Rwanda. This followed an incident that saw a DRC soldier shot dead while in the country’s territory.

The closure of the border is the most recent escalation in the diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

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