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Museveni sends Kutesa to Rwanda with one strong message

by Odongo Christopher

Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa will lead Uganda’s delegation to the first meeting with Rwanda as per the recent Luanda memorandum of understanding aimed at resolving ongoing disputes between the two nations that has led Kigali to closing the border.

According to a statement from the Media Centre signed by government spokesman Ofwono Opondo, the meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission for the implementation of the Luanda MOU will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on Monday September 16.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his counterpart Paul Kagame of Rwanda signed the Angola Quadripartite Summit agreement last month. This after the two leaders exchanged accusations of spying, political assassinations and meddling.

“We have agreed on a raft of issues that will be implemented between our two countries, largely meant to improve our security, trade, and political relations. Uganda is fully committed to enforcing this agreement,” Museveni said at the end of the summit.

“I thank Presidents Joao Lourenco of Angola and Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo for overseeing this process. I also thank His Excellency Dennis Sassou Nguesso for witnessing the signing as Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.”

After the signing, Kagame said he did not anticipate any problems in working “more specifically with President Museveni to address what we have agreed to address”.

“It may take a bit of time to understand each other but I think we have come a long way,” Kagame told a news conference.

“We are going to address all these problems… indiscriminately,” he said, adding: “We are not going to be found wanting.”

They together with Presidents of Congo, hosts Angola and DRC have committed to a new regional cooperation and security arrangement that should ease tensions in the region.

The source within the corridor of power told this website that president Museveni tasked Kutesa to convinced Rwanda to reopen its Gatuna border.

The told us that Museveni has put border issue as top of his priority among other issues which according to the source can be handled later.

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