A Rwandan’s long journey to Uganda through Tanzania

Travellers book a bus for a journey from Rwanda's capital Kigali to Uganda's capital Kampala.
Travellers book a bus for a journey from Rwanda’s capital Kigali to Uganda’s capital Kampala. Rwandans travelling to Uganda have resorted to going through Tanzania after Kigali closed Gatuna border. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Rwandans travelling to Uganda have resorted to going through Tanzania as uncertainty shrouds the opening of the common border at Gatuna, six months after Kigali blockaded it and advised its citizens against crossing into the neighbouring country.

GRUELLING JOURNEY

Now, travellers use the Rusumo route in the southeast, cross into Tanzania and proceed to Kampala, a gruelling 12-hour journey.

The journey through the direct route via the Gatuna border post is four hours shorter.

There is no direct bus to Kampala through Rusumo. Passengers catch buses to the Tanzania side from which they board others to Kampala. Matunda Bus operates services to Rusumo.

Some travellers who spoke to The EastAfrican said they have had to endure the detour due to business interests and families in Uganda, defying the advisory by Kigali that they risk being arrested, detained and tortured by Ugandan security agents.

Olivier Nduhungirehe, State Minister for EAC Affairs told The EastAfrican that if there were people still travelling to Uganda it was “up to them.” Continue reading…

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