Museveni in Angola for Rwanda talks

Wednesday August 21 2019

President Museveni (right) and Rwanda’s P

President Museveni (right) and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame addresses a press conference at State House Entebbe on March 25 2018. The two leaders are set to meet in Angola today over plans to end the border tension. FILE PHOTO 

By RISDEL KASASIRA

President Museveni on Wednesday left the country for a meeting with his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, set to take place the Luanda, the capital of Angola.

Before he left Entebbe Airport, the President tweeted:  “Leaving for Angola’s capital Luanda, for a quadripartite summit as part of the continuation of the dialoguing process aimed at finding a lasting solution to the different regional issues.”

The meeting between Museveni and Kagame is expected to be chaired by the Angolan President Joao Lourenco and also attended by the Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi.

Wednesday’s meeting is a continuation of the July 12 meeting that took place in the same capital.

Initial meeting
In the first meeting, sources indicated that Rwanda and Uganda tabled allegations of undermining each other’s national security.
Rwanda accuses Uganda of hosting its dissidents, an allegation that Uganda has dismissed as false and baseless. Rwanda also says its nationals are being harassed but Uganda says some Rwandans were not following the right immigration procedures.
Last month, three civil society organisations filed a suit in the East African Court of Justice against the governments of Uganda and Rwanda over the border closure.

The East African sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women, Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute, and Centre for Food and Adequate Living Rights say the border closure was in contravention of the East African common market protocol which provides for the free movement of labour, goods and services.

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President Museveni recently, said mutual talks between Uganda and Rwanda to revive the cross-border trade are progressing.

In Uganda, businesses near the border with Rwanda have registered losses while the price of goods are reported to have increased.

In February, Rwanda closed Gatuna border post to cargo trucks. But the border remained open for other small cars and buses.
The leadership in Rwanda explained that they were constructing a one stop border post at Gatuna.

They, however, restricted Rwandans from entering Uganda after claiming that Uganda was a hostile country.

rkasasira@ug.nationmedia.com

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