By Ritah Kemigisa
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has spoken out about the reopening of the Gatuna border after nearly three years of closure.
Speaking at parliament on Tuesday, Kagame said the move was delayed by the fact that some outstanding issues that led to its closure had remained unresolved for long.
He reminded the officials present including parliamentarians that Rwanda did not just wake up to close the border, but did so because of serious concerns they had and which they presented to their counterparts but did not react.
Among the issues the government of Rwanda has previously raised with Uganda include the persecution of Rwandan citizens in Uganda by security services.
Commenting on the latest progress, however, he said that recently, an envoy from Uganda brought a message, and in their conversation, they agreed that there was something both sides can all do.
The decision to reopen the border was preceded by a meeting between Uganda’s Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, and President Kagame in Kigali.