Attempts by the Rwanda Revenue Authority to explain that the closure was due to the construction works ongoing were quickly thwarted by tweets and open disdain from top Rwandan officials, including the Foreign Affairs minister who indicated the closure was due to a row with Uganda.
Rwandan officials accused Uganda of supporting rebels trying to overthrow the Kigali regime, an accusation Kampala has consistently denied. Kigali also issued a travel advisory to its citizens not to go to Uganda.
Addressing diplomats in Kampala on the Rwanda-Uganda row, Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa said the February closure of the border had taken Uganda by surprise. He also said Rwandan security operatives were entering Uganda illegally.
Trade between the two countries has since fallen by more than 85 per cent since the February closure. Meanwhile, at an OSBP, passengers, cargo and vehicles stop just once to process border crossing formalities in order to exit one partner state and enter the other.