The Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah and the Speaker of the Rwandan Parliament, Donatile Mukabalisa have called on legislators of the two countries to intervene in the border conflict expressing disappointment with deteriorating relationship between the two Countries.
The Two Speakers of Both the Ugandan and Rwandan Parliament met at the sidelines of the African Caribbean and Pacific-European Union Parliamentary Assembly in Kigali where Mukabalisa expressed disappointment with the deteriorating relationship between the two countries.
Mukabalisa noted that Rwandans fear to travel to Uganda due to reports of kidnaps and torture calling on both parliaments of the two countries to make a contribution towards ongoing efforts to resolve the conflict.
She added that the role of Legislators should be putting the Plight of the People they represent first.
Oulanyah who also sounded dissapointed termed the conflict as ‘heartbreaking’ for people who shared so much in common and lived peacefully for many years adding that the conflict has affected the ordinary citizens and therefore, it is crucial that the two parliaments intervene.
Deputy Speaker Oulanya suggested that the two states use the Sudan and South Sudan peace process approach which saw the two countries carry out an exchange visit of representatives.
However, he cautioned both countries against reliance on fake news, saying that it escalates conflict.
Uganda and Rwanda have seen months of tensions with the two neighbors accusing each other of espionage, political killings and attacks on trade which led to the closure of the Rwanda-Uganda border in February.
The dispute between the two countries is feared to threaten the stability of the East African Region as well as economic integration since there is no free trade and movement .