TANZANIA: FRONTIERS/DAILY NEWS/9/11/17 SABANews 1
MUTUKULA – The MUTUKULA One-Stop Border Post in the RAKAI District of Southern UGANDA on the frontier with TANZANIA is now officially open.
MUTUKULA is rated an important border post and major crossing point for both human and commercial traffic.
TANZANIA and UGANDA merged operations of their border posts in FEBRUARY 2016, allowing vehicles and passengers to clear customs and immigration once in the country of departure, with officials from both countries present.
The MUTUKULA-UGANDA and MUTUKULA-TANZANIA Border is now open 24 hours every day of the year.
The DAILY NEWS newspaper says Presidents JOHN MAGUFULI of TANZANIA and YOWERI MUSEVENI of UAGANDA officially opened the facility today (THURSDAY).
It says the TWO leaders have pledged to safeguard the interests of both countries and strengthen their diplomatic ties.
President MAGUFULI is in UGANDA for THREE day following an invitation from the UGANDAN Head of State.
TANZANIA and UGANDA are both in the AFRICAN Great Lakes Region, covering water bodies like Lake VICTORIA, the THIRD-largest freshwater lake in the world by area, and Lake TANGANYIKA, the SECOND world largest freshwater lake by volume.
Environment experts say the lakes collectively contain 31-THOUSAND cubic kilometres of water, and the total is about 25 percent of all the unfrozen surface fresh water of the planet.
The AFRICAN Great Lakes Region comprises BURUNDI, the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, KENYA, RWANDA, TANZANIA and UGANDA./Sabanews/cam