The second meeting between Uganda and Rwanda to address the closure of the Uganda- Rwanda border at Gatuna has been called off.
Reports coming in indicate that the meeting was called off at the request of the Kigali establishment.
“The media is hereby informed that the Second meeting of the Adhoc Commission on Luanda MoU between #Uganda and #Rwanda scheduled for November 18, 2019, in Kampala has been postponed at the request of Rwanda. A new date will be communicated,” Mr. Opondo tweeted on Thursday.
The meeting, which would have been a follow-up to the Kigali meeting on September 16, was supposed to take place after 30 days that is on October 16, 2019, and it did not take place.
The latest news coming indicates that the November date has also been canceled which leaves everything uncertain as to when leaders of the two countries would meet to resolve their differences.
Early this week President Kagame said that they waited for an invitation from Kampala which never came only to find out from the media that the meeting had been canceled without formal information.
The second follow up meeting was expected to resolve the Closure of the Rwanda –Uganda border which has been shut since February 2019 and left business between Uganda and Rwanda crumbling.
Over the weekend, Two Ugandans were shot dead inside Rwanda and the Kampala establishment did not take the incident lightly, Government went ahead to issue a protest note against the killing of its people asking for joint investigation into the murders.
Early before Mr. Opondo’s communication about the cancellation of the follow-up meeting, President Kagame spoke in Rwanda sending veiled barbs to the country’s “enemies” saying they [Rwandans] were “going to raise the cost on the part of anybody who wants to destabilize our security. The cost is going to be very high”.
“For those who are involved, you’ll have to come clean. You can’t be here benefiting from the peace and security that we have paid for in blood and then do things that cause us problems. We will put you where you belong,” he said
In August, President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) chaired a meeting where Museveni and Kagame signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the agreed position, especially the trade relations between the two East African countries that culminated in Rwanda closing its border points.