Katuna, Cyanika Border Towns Abandoned

The two borders towns of Katuna in Kabale district and Cyanika in Kisoro district which border Rwanda, have been near entirely abandoned by traders, turning them into ghost towns after two years of slowed business.

The two towns used to be a beehive of business activities that included merchandise shops, markets, hotels, forex and lodges.

That was before Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, closed the Rwanda-Uganda borders on 27th February 2019 after a diplomatic fall out between the two countries.

Kagame issued a travel advisory to his nationals against travelling to Uganda, saying their safety is not guaranteed.

Katuna border

He accused Ugandan authorities of abducting Rwanda citizens and locking them up in non-designated areas.

Kagame also accused Uganda of hosting and facilitating Rwandan dissidents especially from Rwanda National Congress-RNC and the Democratic Forces for the liberation of Rwanda FDLR, which have declared war on the Kigali government.

As a result, over 90% of business operators at Katuna and Chanika border towns have closed and abandoned their businesses due to lack of customers.

Good Katabarwa, one of the businessmen still operating at the border says traders who were operating businesses there shifted to other active borders like Mirama Hills, while others abandoned their businesses completely.

He says the closure of the borders has since left them in financial despair, to the extent that some of them are no longer able to provide for their families.

Sam Mpakaniye, the vice chairperson Kyanika business community, says following the abrupt closure of the border, most business operators, lost a lot money from the goods they had supplied to their business partners in Rwanda, which had not been paid for.

Good Katabarwa a Bussinessman at Katuna

Samuel Erasmaus, the Mayor Kyanika town council appealed to the leaders of two counties to resolve their conflicts and allow business to resume.

Nelson Nshangabasheija, the Katuna Town council LCIII chairman says ever since the border was closed, as a town council leadership they are struggling to get funds to run the town.

He says they used to collect about Ugx 400M as revenue per year, but that so far the collection have dropped to just Ugx30M .

On July 30, 2019, President Museveni told journalists at Kabale State Lodge that discussions were underway to resolve the impasses between the two nations. a

However, to date, the negotiations being mediated by Angolan President, JoãoLourenço and his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart, Félix Tshisekedi are yet to bear positive results.

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