When Rwanda announced that the Gatuna/ Katuna Border would reopen on 31st January 2022 after three years of its closure, excitement filled both communities.
As has come to be expected of us, NBS Television deployed to make sure the events were fully covered, granting our current affairs-interested audiences a 360-degree-coverage of this recent-history milestone.
Our seasoned Investigative Journalist, Canary Mugume, was part of a team of fellow senior journalists flagged off and charged with bringing the progressive Ugandans that form the key audience of NBS Television minute-by-minute updates on this border reopening.
Our coverage started as early as 27th January with a build-up of events until the official reopening, relaying all updates on our social media pages and streaming via the Afro Mobile app.
The closure of the Rwanda-Uganda border has grossly affected many Ugandans in different ways, making its reopening something worthwhile of our signature – Live, Always, Everywhere.
It was important that reporting the reopening as it was actually unfolding and ensure that our viewers appreciated all the twists, turns, and realities of the process were added to our catalogue, and we are proud that our team pulled this off perfectly.” Head of Brand and Communications, Desire Derekford Mugumisa
Speaking to Canary Mugume, stationed at the Katuna/ Gatuna Border to cover the events, he noted to us that reporting such events is fun and challenging at the same time.
“Knowing that there’s a world out there waiting to hear from you means you must be accurate in whatever detail you report,” Mugume said.
News of the reopening already spurred excitement on both border communities, seeing many cleaning up their shops and restocking them as they prepared for business.