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EBOLA THREAT: Rwanda Reopens Gisenyi-Goma Border

The Rwandan government has reopened the Gisenyi-Goma border, Chimp Corps report.

The authorities had closed the border after a second case of Ebola was confirmed in Goma city, DRC on Wednesday.

Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s Minister of State for East African Community (EAC), was earlier today quoted by a state newspaper as saying the border had been closed due to the Ebola case in Goma.

Nduhungirehe later Tweeted that the “border was not closed. This was a misunderstanding.”

This contrasted with several testimonies of Rwandans and Congolese living in Gisenyi who said they were blocked from crossing to DRC.

“The border was closed in the morning hours before being reopened at 2:00pm,” said Bernadette Mukarurinda, a trader in Gisenyi.

“Now that the border has been reopened, business will flourish,” she added.

ChimpReports understands the temporary closure of the border unsettled the DRC presidency considering that World Health Organisation (WHO) had reassured that the illness could be contained and that Goma was generally safe.

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Rwanda needs the DRC market for its goods following Kigali’s decision to close the Gatuna border with Uganda.

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