Some outstanding issues in the ongoing negotiations to restore normal relations with Uganda remain unresolved, the Rwandan government spokesperson said on Thursday.
Yolande Makolo said that despite all the positivity and progress of the second visit to Kigali by Lt. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba (first son of Ugandan President Yoweli Museveni), there’s still need to pay attention to underlying unresolved issues.
“These issues were raised from the start by known hostile persons bent on destabilizing Rwanda and who are still operating from inside Uganda,” she said.
According to the Rwandan government official, also pending is what she called the hateful propaganda produced by Uganda-based individuals.
“We patiently await action by the Ugandan authorities on this unfinished business,” Makolo said.
This reaction by the Rwandan government comes after the second visit of President Museveni’s first son to Rwanda, as part of efforts to restore strained ties between the two countries.
Estranged relations between Rwanda and Uganda have undermined free movement of peoples and led to restrictions on the transportation of goods.
Since last week, the border has been opened, but all passengers still need to deal with the high cost of crossing which has been imposed as a requirement to pay for the Covid-19 PCR test.
Travellers who want to cross between the two countries are currently required to pay Rwf30,000 ($29) or Ush100,000 ($28) on the Rwandan or Ugandan side, respectively, for such tests.