KABALE- The Ministry of Works and Transport yesterday July 3rd 2020 handed over the newly constructed Ugx 10 billion One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) Administration block at Uganda – Rwanda border town of Katuna to Uganda Revenue Authority.
Katuna which links Uganda to Rwanda is the 6th OSBP built to facilitate Trade, promote Prosperity and Regional Integration.
The block which was constructed by Amugoli General Enterprises Limited will host the Uganda Revenue Authority offices, Immigration Offices, border security teams, a Health facility and a Canteen among others.
The Director of Transport in the Ministry Ministry of Work Benon Kajuna said that the construction work which started in 2007 was delayed by a protest by the Rwandan government challenging the site of the one-stop border post.
According to Rwanda, Uganda was constructing the block in a wetland as this was also compounded by a shortage of funds and contractors who were conniving to hike the money needed for the construction.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works Patrick Bageya said that the One-Stop Border Post, the sixth of its kind in Uganda is aimed at improving trade between Uganda and the neighbouring countries.
Bageya said that the the rusty URA and security offices at Katuna were a shame to Uganda.
Bageya says that the European Union has also put aside Ugx 6 billion to start phase II of the project which includes fencing the gazetted no-man’s-land, tarmacking the road within and the parking space as the second phase is set to kick off in this financial year.
He said that the Uganda goverment is in a process of constructing similar facilities at the borders of Chanika in Kisoro District and in Ntoroko District among others.
Katuna Town Council Chairman Nelson Nshangabasheija applauded government for building the new block but he said that business at the border went down since the closure of Gatuna border as he asked that the President of Uganda and Rwanda to resolve the border issues so that business can resume.
The Commissioner for Customs in Uganda Revenue Authority Abel Kagumire hailed the government for constructing the One Stop Border Post which will reduce congestion at the border.
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