The second meeting between Uganda and Rwanda to follow up on the implementation of the Luanda peace pact hit a dead end on Friday as both countries failed to agree on anything.
On August, 21, in Luanda, Angola Presidents Museveni and Paul Kagame signed a pact to end the bickering between the two close allies and they agreed the pact would be followed by several meetings to fast –track the implementation of the agreement.
Among the critical contentious issues discussed during the seven hours meeting was the allegation by Rwanda that the Kampala establishment supports forces bent on overthrowing their government.
Rwanda has on several occasions accused Uganda of offering support to two foreign Rwanda rebel groups including Rwanda National Congress (RNC) led by South Africa-based Kayumba Nyamwasa and Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) but Uganda has since denied the same.
Addressing Journalists after the 7-hour closed-door meeting, Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa insisted that there is no reason for Uganda to support subversive activities against Rwanda, adding they will never do it and Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda’s Minister for Regional Cooperation repeated comments always carried by their government over the matter.
“There is no reason whatsoever and Uganda will not try to subvert the government of Rwanda. We have no reason, we have no benefit,” Kutesa said.
“People on our border want to be sure that they will live in peace without being threatened by armed groups that are in operating here and getting support from Uganda,” Nduhungirehe said.
However, both delegations failed to reach a common ground with each maintaining their ground.
The two parties also failed to reach a common ground on the claims by Rwanda that many of their citizens are arrested and detained in Uganda by security agencies.
“We addressed the issue of Rwandans arbitrarily arrested and detained in Uganda. We didn’t have an agreement on this issue. It’s an issue we will continue to talk about,” Nduhungirehe said.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa said during the meeting, the Ugandan delegation made a case for the arrests but insisted they are carried out legally but insisted both countries will continue discussing the issue before reaching a conclusion.
“One of the issues Uganda raised was the infiltration of our security agencies by the Rwandan government and its people. It is the reason for arrest and detention of people because we think they have been on an infiltration exercise,” Kutesa said.
One of the most contentious issues that both countries still failed to agree on was the closure of the border points between the two countries.
Whereas Uganda insisted there should not be reason for the continued closure, Rwanda said the issue is intertwined with the arrests of their people and support of subversive activities, the two delegations then agreed that the matters be referred to their respective heads of state for further consideration on a way forward.
The Ugandan delegation was led by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa, State Minister for Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania and Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana and Others included the CMI chief, Brig. Abel Kandiho and his deputy, Col.CK. Asiimwe, ESO Director General, Joseph Ocwet and Police Crime Intelligence Director, Col. Chris Ddamulira among other officials in security and Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The Rwandan delegation was led by their Regional Cooperation Minister, Olivier Nduhungirehe, Maj.Gen.Joseph Nzabamwita, the Secretary-general for the National Intelligence and Security Service and Gen.Patrick Nyamvumba, the Minister for Internal Security among other officials.