MPs demand travel advisory over Rwanda killings

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Plenary sitting resumed Tuesday after Christmas recess with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga chairing.  

The House first observed a moment of silence in honour of the late Getrude Nakabira, former MP for Lwengo, who succumbed to cancer over the weekend.

Members of Parliament then said they are concerned with the continued closure of the Uganda- Rwanda border while opposition chief whip Hon Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda, raised concern about the continued killings of Ugandans.

Both Speaker Kadaga and Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Hon Betty Ocan Aol, demanded to know whether government will issue a travel advisory urging Ugandans not to cross into Rwanda.

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The Government Chief Whip, Hon Ruth Nankabirwa, says that there are ongoing efforts to resolve the border dispute and that the Minister for Foreign Affairs will brief the House once progress is made.

“We know that you are talking but it is your obligation to advise Ugandans whether they should got to Rwanda or not,” Kadaga insisted.

Hon. Mugume Roland said the borders between Uganda and Rwanda have remained closed since last year which is adversely affecting the trade.

Nankabirwa says that Parliament should give Government enough time to continue with the negotiations.

“Uganda has no problem with Rwanda and we have been living harmoniously with our neighbours. We want to solve this problem amicably,” she noted.

She reiterated: “Uganda is not hostile to Rwandans. We have been living in harmony, we want to continue living in harmony.”

The concern comes after Rwanda security forces Saturday shot and killed a Ugandan for crossing the border.

Teojen Ndagijimana, 26, was shot at Kumugu Trading Centre, Musanze District in Rwanda, while escorting his two Rwandan cousins, Erike Biizimana and Emmanuel Mbabazi

The state-run NewTimes Rwanda said security killed the trio for smuggling drugs into the country and that they have been known drug dealers.

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