Rwanda’s closure of its borders with Uganda is a ‘hiccup’ that will not slow down regional trade, President Yowori Museveni has said.
The closure of the border points, which is now in the third month, came after Kigali accused Kampala of harassing their citizens.
Rwanda also accused Uganda of harbouring rebels hostile to Rwanda.
Kampala denied the allegations and accused Kigali of creating a trade war.
Nevertheless, Mr Museveni says Rwanda can’t stop trade through border administration.
“Even if the border is closed, the trade will go on, only that it will be through smuggling.
You can’t stop trade through border administration. People resort to smuggling.
Others have resorted to export a lot of things to South Sudan, DR Congo, Kenya Tanzania, etc.,” he said.
He made the remarks while 17 high ranking military officials from 11 countries including USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Bolivia at Masindi State Lodge, Masindi.
The team led by Rear Admiral Ross Albon from UK Royal College of Defence Studies has been in the country for a one-week study tour of Uganda about ‘Uganda’s Geo-Politics and Economic Development’.
The border closure has hit hard the transport business between the two countries, with bus companies and associated businesses left counting heavy losses.