Uganda withdraws passport for RNC's Charlotte Mukankusi as Museveni, Kagame meeting starts

Friday February 21 2020

President Museveni (right) receives his Rwanda

President Museveni (right) receives his Rwanda counterpart Paul Kagame at Katuna border ahead of their meeting on February 21, 2020. Photo Rwanda Broadcasting Agency 

By JOB BWIRE

Rwanda’s Minister of State for foreign affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe has confirmed that Uganda has withdrawn Ugandan Passport number A000199979 that was issued by the Ugandan authorities to Charlotte Mukankusi, Commissioner in charge of Diplomacy in the Rwanda National Congress (RNC). This was reported by Rwanda’s broadcaster, the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA).

Ms Mukankusi belongs to an opposition group that is outlawed in Kigali and the withdrawal of her passport is among the seven demands put forward by the Rwanda government to be put into action by the Government of Uganda ahead of today’s Quadripartite Summit on the normalisation of relations between the two neighbouring countries.

According to RBA, other demands by Rwanda government to be taken into action by Uganda include to disband the Rwanda National Congress and RUD-Urunana networks in Uganda, and to arrest and extradite all its members so that they can face justice in Rwanda.

Charlotte Mukankusi belongs to the Rwanda
Charlotte Mukankusi belongs to the Rwanda National Congress (RNC), an opposition group that is outlawed in Kigali. PHOTO| COURTESY


Rwanda has also asked Uganda to refrain from all actions meant to destabilise the Republic of Rwanda and eliminate all factors that may create such perception; and to hold accountable facilitators of RNC and RUD-Urunana networks, including Minister of State Philemon Mateke, Brig Gen Abel Kandiho, Brig Gen Fred Karara, Col CK Asiimwe, Maj Fred Mushambo, Col Kaka Bagyenda and other government officials involved in the same activities.
Rwanda also wants the body of Emmanuel Mageza to be repatriated for a decent burial in Rwanda and for Uganda to provide explanations about the circumstances surrounding his death.

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The neighbouring country also seeks clarification about two other Rwandan citizens, namely Sendegeya Théogène and Rwembo Mucyo, who were allegedly transferred from CMI to Butabika Hospital and later went missing, as well as to have Julienne Kayirere be reunited with her child Joana Imanirakiza. Kayirere was allegedly abducted in Uganda and separated from her one-month baby, when she was arrested on 29th November 2018 in Mubende District.

Rwanda president Paul Kagame, President
Rwanda president Paul Kagame, President Museveni, President João Lourenço of Angola and President Tshisekedi of DRC meet the Katuna border for the fourth Quadripartite meeting on February 21, 2020. Photos by Rwanda Broadcasting Agency

The Rwandan government also wants all Rwandan citizens illegally detained in Uganda to be unconditionally released.
Uganda accuses Rwanda of infiltrating its security agencies and undermining national security, while Kigali accuses Kampala of arresting its nationals and detaining them without trial.

Uganda’s demands include stopping espionage, stop use of provocative public comments, reopen Katuna border and release Ugandans in Rwanda detention.
The border closure has affected trade between the two countries and movement of communities at the border many of whom are related.

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