By Aggrey Twesigye
Residents in Kizinga in Ngoma sub county Ntungamo district and Rwempasha in Nyagatare District in Rwanda ,can now enjoy convenience of shorter travel distances to and from uganda with the reopening of Rwempasha border post.
The border post ,which officially opened on Tuesday, Sept.19th aims to encourage cross-border trade and reduce illicit trade between the residents of Ngoma sub county and Rwandan neighbors
In the past, residents of these areas had to undertake long journeys to access services at border points.However,with the new Rwempasha border post, transportation costs have been significantly reduced, bringing relief to the local communities.
Joseline Baata Kamateneti,the woman member of Parliament Ntungamo district, expressed her excitement as the new border post will curb down illegal crossings between the two countries.
Kizinga-Rwempasha border post will serve as vital trading routes for residents of both countries, according to Maj.Gen.Apollo Kasiita Gowa,the Ugandan Director Citizenship and Immigration Control
ACP Lynder Nkuranga the Rwandan Director General Of Immigration and Emigration, encouraged residents to make use of the border post as it will help reduce transport expenses to and from uganda and also aid in curbing illegal cross-border movements.
The Nyagatare region features two other border checkpoints, namely Kagitumba in Matimba sector and Buziba in Tabagwe sector, with Musheri and Rwempasha sectors in between. Residents in these areas have faced challenges due to high transportation costs required to reach the border terminals.
The residents anticipate that the newly reopened crossing point will foster cross-border trade and strengthen social cohesion between Ugandans and Rwandans who frequently use the Rwempasha or Kizinga border posts.