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MUSEVENI: Rwanda border closure will increase smuggling


Museveni briefs military trainees based in the UK. PHOTO PPU

Masindi, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has said the recent closure of the border by Rwanda will not slow down regional trade but instead lead to a rise in smuggling.

“It is a ‘hiccup’ that will not slow the region down. Even if border is closed, trade will go on, only that it will be through smuggling,” he told 17 military officials from 11 countries including USA, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Germany, Bolivia at Masindi State Lodge.

He was delivering an opportunity lecture Wednesday to visiting military officers from the UK Royal Defence College United Kingdom team led by Rear Admiral Ross Albon. Museveni is currently touring Bunyoro.

“You can’t stop trade through border administration. People resort to smuggling. Others have resorted to export a lot of things to South Sudan, DR Congo, Kenya Tanzania.”

“Market integration of Africa and political integration for strategic security will stimulate the continents prosperity and rapid economic transformation for the continent,” he added.

President Museveni also discussed Uganda’s policy on refugees in the region, progress on regional integration and also shared thoughts on regional security and the economy.

“Africa is on course to correct many of the problems that have dogged it over the last 500 years. Our leaders started with the quest for independence, correcting problems we inherited from the colonial era such as tribal/religious chauvinism that characterised our politics,” he said.

He said African countries had to re-organize the national security apparatus and build enabling infrastructure to cause prosperity and fraternity for its people through market integration, and eventually achieving political integration to ensure our strategic security as a people.
“Implementing these plans has not been easy because of many hiccups, but these shall not slow us down,” he said, adding that “Africans will rally behind a cause that caters to their needs such as trade of goods and services, and governments that choose to curtail this basic tenet are practicing self defeating ideology.”

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