The President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has said Rwanda will only ‘open the border’ after Uganda stops alleged detention of their citizens and support of dissident groups
Kagame narrated that the recent high profile release of nine Rwandans by Uganda was not a good enough gesture for Rwanda to respond to adding that the border issue is simple but not a question of saying I do that, you do that.
Kagame said if only Uganda would stop illegal detentions and associating with groups that want to destabilize Rwanda, the borders would be open automatically adding that it is just a direct consequence and a result of the other.
He added, “What I am being asked to do is say Rwandans can start comfortably going to Uganda. That’s what I am being asked. And I am holding on to that because I am not yet comfortable that I can tell Rwandans to start doing that.”
Kagame and Museveni who were once close associates have had their relations turn deeply hostile over one blaming the other for supporting rebel groups and the other denying, a dispute that damaged trade between the East African neighbors and has also led to massive loss of lives.
A few weeks ago, at a function to release detained Rwandans in Kampala, the Foreign affairs minister Sam Kuteesa stated that all charges had been withdrawn as an act of goodwill with hope that Rwanda would do the same adding that the decision to release the Rwandan nationals was a result of a visit Rwanda by Ambassador Adonia Ayebare as president Museveni’s emissary to President Kagame.
He also appreciated that there is a lot of work to be done in regards to the peace talks between Rwanda and Uganda in the Luanda process adding that it is an important framework to address the issues between the two countries.
He also noted that ever since Rwanda closed its borders to Uganda, there have been productive relations between Rwanda and DRC that have promoted cross-border trade, joint infrastructure, and Public health emergencies.
Rwandan and Ugandan leaders will soon be going back to Luanda Angola to review progress where it has been made, and reasons for lack of it in other cases as a way to see that Rwanda opens its borders to Uganda again.