Gatuna border re-opens to heavy trucks

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Gatuna One-Stop Border Post which reopened today to heavy trucks for a period of two weeks. /COURTESY PHOTO
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AT Team

Gatuna border post between Rwanda and Uganda will effective Monday, June 10, reopen to heavy trucks for a period of two weeks, Rwanda Revenue Authority has said.

The tax authority said in a statement that this will allow for trial activities following the construction of one-stop border post facilities on the Rwandan side of the border crossing.

“Reference is made to Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) letter dated 7th June 2019, which expresses the need to carry out trials for the heavy trucks movement at Gatuna OSBP for a period of two (2) weeks from 10th up to 22nd June 2019, and assess the operationalization of the constructed works and equipment before the reception of works,” the RRA statement signed by Commissioner General Pascal Ruganintwali Bizimana reads in part.

Adding that, “The Management of Rwanda Revenue Authority is pleased to inform the general public that heavy trucks are allowed to provisionally cross Gatuna OSBP between 10th-22nd June 2019 in order to facilitate these trial activities requested by RTDA.”

Rwanda closed Gatuna border to heavy trucks in March allowing only light traffic to use the crossing as construction works began in earnest.

The Government advised heavy truck drivers to use the other two border posts with Uganda; Kagitumba and Cyanika.

Africa Tembelea has learnt that the project, which is fully funded by the Rwandan Government, is being implemented by local firm NPD Cotraco.

Rwanda has at least a one-stop border post with each of its four neighbours, with the Gatuna facility set to be the second such crossing with Uganda, after Kagitumba.

However, there is little progress on the Ugandan side of the border after the funder, World Bank, is said to have with drawn from the OSBP project citing shoddy works.

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