Pastors in Uganda have requested authorities in Rwanda to allow a team of evangelists cross to Uganda for the annual Born-Again conference scheduled for next year.

The head of Lift Up Jesus global ministries, Apostle Aloysius Kiiza, made the plea during a press conference when he revealed that in June and July, Rwandan pastors were blocked from coming to Uganda.

“Evangelism is spiritual food for the Christians in the two countries,” Apostle Kiiza said. “It would be the biggest new year gift if the Rwandan borders could be opened as soon as possible to allow free movement [of people and goods],” he said.

He added: “As Born-Again Christians, we appeal to President Museveni to talk peace with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame to have the border re-opened and Rwandans allowed to cross into Uganda.”

In February, Rwanda closed its Gatuna border post and also restricted its nationals from crossing into Uganda after reported imprisoning and killings of Rwandans in Uganda claiming that they could not guarantee their security in Uganda. Since then several Rwandans have been reportedly jailed or shot dead attempting to cross into Uganda

“The closure of the Gatuna border has not only affected the business sector but the religious sector as Rwandan preachers and evangelists are not allowed to cross into Uganda,” Apostle Kiiza added.

President Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart this year met in Angola and signed a memorandum on resolving the tension between the two countries but the ad hoc committee that was formed to implement the resolutions of the memorandum of understanding met in December but failed to reach an amicable resolution to the deadlock.

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