Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has come out to discredit the claim made this week by Kampala Central legislator, Mohammed Nsereko that Rwanda has stopped flights to Uganda following the recent diplomatic row between the two neighboring countries.
During Parliament’s plenary on Tuesday, several MPs including the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga expressed concern over the impasse and demanded that government makes a statement to the House detailing how it plans to resolve the crisis.
The demand by legislators followed a matter of National Importance raised by MP Nsereko who noted that he has since been approached by about 100 traders from Kampala who are stranded on the various border points of Uganda and Rwanda.
Nsereko said that ever since Rwanda blocked the borders, over 170 loaded trucks are stuck on a stretch of about 3 kilometers which has caused significant loss of about Shs 30m for both countries.
“This has cost us revenue and has since broken up families and we have heard that the Rwanda’s Foreign Minister clearly issued a travel ban of Rwandans to Uganda including students and traders,” Nsereko said.
Nsereko added that, “As we speak today, there are no more Rwandan flights flying into Uganda. We can’t keep in the dark as MPs pretending that everything is in order when our neighbors are building sanctions in form of travel bans labeling Uganda unsafe with claims that there are illegal arrests which affects our trade with partners”.
However, the Civil Aviation Authority refuted this on Thursday, saying all fights between Uganda and Rwanda are ongoing normally.
“This is to clarify that a claim by the Hon. MP that ‘there are no RwandaAir flights to Uganda’ is not correct,” CCA wrote in a tweet.
“Flights between Entebbe and Kigali have not been disrupted in any way. RwandAir &all other scheduled operators on the E’bbe-Kigali route are uninterrupted,” Uganda’s aviation Authority added.