The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and immigration have begun a process of installing cargo, baggage, and walk-through scanners at Uganda-Rwanda border checkpoints, with the goal of increasing trade efficiency while simultaneously preventing cross-border terrorism and illegal commerce.
According to Mr Charles Wanjala, the URA’s south western area supervisor, sophisticated scanners would be deployed in Mirama Hills, Katuna, Bunagana, and Kyanika.
“The scanners will assist URA in improving security and services.” We used to disagree with security over techniques of cargo inspection from other nations. However, this allows us to reveal all details in order to eliminate any uncertainty about the contents of shipments. I would also boost openness between URA and security while reducing shipment inspection duration from an hour to less than ten minutes.” Mr Wanjala said on.
Reports show that an average of 200 commercial vehicles are cleared at the Mirama Hills border post every day. On a regular operation, however, there would be over 400 vehicles.
Rwanda and Uganda stopped most cross-border movements between the two countries since 2019, a situation that created a huge effect on daily life for families in both countries.
Both countries have traded accusations of interference in each other’s affairs.
Officially, the Rwandan government says the border is open but many people trying to cross over are not able to do so.