Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) has spoken out on the disagreement between Uganda and Rwanda, saying leaders of the two nations should seek dialogue.
“In conclusion, we wish to appeal to the political leadership in the two countries to ensure
that their actions and decisions are in concurrence with the interests of their people,” said Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje, chairman of Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU)
Addressing the media on Thursday, the Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje said that the two countries should sit at a round table and find a lasting solution to the tensions.
Mubaje was speaking on behalf of IRCU, the East African Community Inter-Religious Council (EAC-IRC) and the African Council of Religious Leaders (ACRL).
Mubaje adds that the two countries can employ diplomacy through their foreign Affairs Ministers, the East African Conflict Management Act, 2012, the International Conference in the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU).
Mubaje says that the closure of the border has wider negative impact to trade, movement of people, capital and services to and from the neighbouring countries including Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan among others.
He adds that the closure of the border contradicts with the spirit behind the formation of the East African Community (EAC).
The leaders are concerned that the border closure to raise tension between not only the two countries but the neighbours as well.
Rwanda last week closed its borders at Katuna. Rwanda accuses Uganda of harbouring dissidents.
However, government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo and Uganda’s Foreign affairs Minister Sam Kuteesa have dismissed the allegations.