Uganda – Rwanda stand off is no major issue – Okello Oryem

By Moses Kyeyune.

The minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem has told MP’s on the committee of Foreign Affairs that the Rwanda-Uganda stand-off is not a big issue.

The minister has been responding to a question by Mbale Municipality MP Jack Wamanga Wamai on the continued closure of the Katuna border, Uganda’s main supply route to Rwanda.

Whereas the minister acknowledged that Uganda has “an issue with the government of Rwanda, the issue is not on Uganda’s side and [that] it is not a major issue.

The minister says that the matter will be addressed diplomatically.

He maintains that Uganda’s ¬†borders remain open to all Rwandans who come ¬†for trade and business and that they are free to come and trade and even visit their relatives.

The minister however cautions that whoever comes here must respect the laws of Uganda, and that no one will be spared when he or she violates the laws of this country.