Uganda has invited Rwanda for an ad-hoc meeting to focus on and check the implementation of an agreement that both worldwide locations signed in 2019 to place an stop to their long standing bilateral tensions.
An invite letter despatched by Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gen Jeje Odongo, changed into got by his Rwandan counterpart, Vincent Biruta, on August 30, sources from both governments confirmed.
Alternatively, Rwanda denied that there gain been plans for the meeting “for now.”
“No meeting is planned for now, nonetheless Rwanda stays originate to follow-up dialogue on the factors raised. Alternatively the complications persist because Uganda continues to abduct, arrest, torture and deport Rwandans,” Yolande Makolo, Rwanda executive Spokesperson counseled The EastAfrican.
“As we gain said consistently, the mission will entirely toughen if Uganda stops supporting political and armed teams adversarial to Rwanda, and spreading counterfeit files in regards to the impasse between our two worldwide locations.”
This comes at a time when the 2 worldwide locations continue to bicker over espionage, toughen for rebels and mistreatment of voters all over each diversified’s borders.
Their presidents gain also no longer too long previously publicly traded barbs on TV, in what appears to be to be the strongest trace that diplomatic and bilateral relations gain once all over again fallen apart.
President Yoweri Museveni, in an interview that aired on France24 on September 8, said, “We had discussions long previously with the mediation of Angola some years previously. I of course haven’t seen the border being opened,” when requested why the border changed into closed and when it could perchance perchance be opened.
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President Museveni, too, downplayed the Pegasus worldwide spying repeat allegations in opposition to Rwanda.
“I didn’t follow it up, nonetheless it indubitably is a rupture of time. Spying to dangle what? If I desire secrets and programs, you is no longer going to know since the secrets and programs are in my head. They’re no longer on microphones,” Museveni said.
The espionage allegations escalated no longer too long previously when a Ugandan tutorial of Rwandan origin working in Uganda changed into taken away by intelligence personnel and in brief arrested on suspicion that he spies for Rwanda.
He changed into, then all over again, launched two days later without formal charges being pressed.
Earlier on September 5, President Paul Kagame accused the Ugandan executive of normalising the mistreatment of Rwandans in Uganda.
“No Ugandan gets complications in Rwanda nonetheless actually all Rwandans who hurry there are insecure. Some gain even regretted visiting Uganda as others crippled as a result of the model they are arrested and tortured,” President Kagame said.
“Evidently these actions for the time being are section of their politics, now they dangle no longer even shroud this truth.”
Since March 2019, both worldwide locations gain exchanged bodies of their nationals, with at the least six Ugandans and an unspecified alternative of Rwandans.
Presidents Kagame and Museveni gain met four times since 2019, mainly to iron out their differences below the arbitration of Angola and DRC, whereas officers from both worldwide locations gain met on a couple of times to place in force their presidents’ resolutions.
*Written by Ivan R Mugisha