Cross-border Business Resumes At Bunagana

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Business has resumed at Bunagana Border post in Kisoro district two days after the area was thrown into confusion when forces loyal to former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda overrun a Congolese army detach.

Business has resumed at Bunagana Border post in Kisoro district two days after the area was thrown into confusion when forces loyal to former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda overrun a Congolese army detach.
 
The incident caused an influx of Congolese refugees into Kisoro and affecting cross-border business.
 
Heavy truck drivers and traders were also advised to stay in Kisoro town council which is thirteen kilometers away from the border.
 
On Tuesday evening, the traders who had pitched camp at Ssaza grounds in Kisoro town council were able to proceed to the Democratic Republic of Congo after they were told by the authorities that the situation across the border had normalized.
 
Threstine Baingana, a trader who has been stranded for two days told URN reporter that the authorities who had advised them to stay away from the border have cleared them to proceed.
 
Nyiraneza Paulina, another trader told Uganda Radio Network that they had assurance from the Ugandan authorities that they were free to proceed into the DRC.
 
Saidi Ofwono, a truck driver said that he was set to proceed to Goma. He said that he believes that the situation is now calm as some Congolese traders who had stopped coming to Uganda were able to come on Tuesday evening.
 
In Bunganana town board most of the refuges who had pitched camp on the verandas of shops had started vacating heading home while others were going to the refugee reception Centre at Nyakabande.
 
Nzambonimba Gerevasio, a Congolese refugee who was on his way back home revealed that their leaders have requested them to go back saying that the situation was calm.
  
But Mariatereza Ikimpaye, another refugee said she was heading for Nyakabande reception centre, adding that she cannot just rush back when she is aware that the Congolese army has failed to protect them from rebels.
 
Charles Rumanyika, the Uganda Revenue Authority customs manager for western Uganda told URN that they decided to allow the traders and vehicles to cross after assurance from security personnel that it was safe to resume using the road to the DRC.
 
Rumanyika added that they lost a lot of money as business was brought to a stand still due the confusion across the border.
  
Moses Ogutu, the revenue authority enforcement officer for Kigezi region said that smugglers used the confusion to smuggle goods into Uganda especially Powdered milk and Black label wine.
 
Oguttu revealed that at least 20 cartons of Nido packed Milk was impounded while being smuggled into Uganda.

 

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