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Gatuna Border Construction 87% Complete

Gatuna One stop Border Post connecting Rwanda and Uganda

Engineers working on the Gatuna One Stop Border Post have said that construction progress has reached over 87%.

Gatuna border which was recently temporarily closed to hurry construction has since triggered a war of words between Rwanda and Uganda leading to war threats.

“ Construction works for the juxtaposed Gatuna One Stop Border Post on good track with current progress estimated to 87%,” Infrastructure ministry announced Wednesday.

The ministry officials said that once completed, Gatuna OSBP is expected to promote trans-border trade, reducing border crossing time and facilitating mobility of people and goods in Northern Corridor.

Meanwhile, Imena Munyampenda the Director-General of Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA), said in January that construction “will be completed by April and ready for official commissioning.”

The Gatuna One Stop Border Post has consumed a total of Rwf 15,823,319,250 but could have been completed by March 2016 at a cost of Rwf 6,345,986,395.

According to Auditor General’s report, construction of this border is being conducted by a local company NPD Cotraco which took over from the first contractor whose contract was terminated.

One Stop Border arrangement was introduced by the East African Community authority aimed at bringing all border services of two neighbouring countries under one roof.

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