Rusumo border to open 24 hours

Kirehe-The Rwanda-Tanzanian border at Rusumo will, by the end of the year, operate round the clock, the Mayor of Kirehe, Protais Murayire, has disclosed. Currently, the Rusumo border post closes at 5.30 p.m., mainly due to lack of electricity.“An agreement has been reached between the government and power utility firm EWSA to extend power to the border. This will help boost trade,” Murayire said.
Trucks  at Rusumo border cannot be cleared afer 5.30 p.m. (Photo by S. Rwembeho.).
Trucks at Rusumo border cannot be cleared afer 5.30 p.m. (Photo by S. Rwembeho.).

Kirehe-The Rwanda-Tanzanian border at Rusumo will, by the end of the year, operate round the clock, the Mayor of Kirehe, Protais Murayire, has disclosed. Currently, the Rusumo border post closes at 5.30 p.m., mainly due to lack of electricity.

“An agreement has been reached between the government and power utility firm EWSA to extend power to the border. This will help boost trade,” Murayire said.

The news of extended business hours was received with elation by traders and drivers who ply the Tanzania and Rwanda route.

Abdul Mpandugi, a Tanzanian truck driver, told The New Times that extending working hours at the border would ease congestion of trucks entering and exiting from Rwanda.

“This is good news to us,” Mpandugi said.
Richard Safari, a Rwandan businessman said that extension of working hours at the border post will reduce the waiting times for trucks.
 
“We encounter difficulties – delays and theft. If we can still be served after 6 p.m., I am sure we shall increase our profits,” he said.Rusumo is one of the busiest borders in the country.

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