• Ever since the standoff between Kigali and Rwanda, trade between the two countries was the biggest victim.
  • It’s estimated that Uganda has lost up to $200 million (Shs. 735 billion) in potential earnings if the border was open.
  • The two meetings held between government officials one in Kigali in September and another in Kampala last December were not enough to resolve the dispute.

President Yoweri Museveni and his counterpart Paul Kagame in a Sunday meeting in Luanda, Angola resolved to release all Prisoners and promised not to offer support to any “destabilizers”(rebels)as well as promoting and protecting Human rights of citizens from Uganda and Rwanda respectively.

In the same meeting, the two Presidents agreed that an Adhoc committee would meet before the Museveni and Kagame meet again on February 21, at the Katuna border.

The agenda of the third quadripartite summit on Uganda and Rwanda in Luanda was to review the August 2019 peace pact that was signed by the two leaders in Angola and was attended the President of the Republic of Congo Felix Tshikedi who has been overseer of the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding.

The dispute that started last year in February when Rwanda closed the Katuna border paralyzing business and movement between their country and Uganda makes a year this month and most businesses have lost billions and billions of money in what most analysts call a personal war that got mixed up in diplomacy issues.

On closure of the Katuna border, Kigali accused Kampala of detaining her citizens and supporting armed groups that intend to destabilize Rwanda to overthrow the Kagame government.

In the same way, Uganda retaliated saying Rwanda had infiltrated her security agencies by deploying spies.

Whereas the two meetings held between government officials one in Kigali in September and another in Kampala last December were not enough to resolve the dispute.

On Wednesday, Mr. Kagame addressed diplomats in Kigali telling them that “he was not about to tell his citizens to return to Uganda because he has no control over them while in Uganda”.

Ever since the standoff between Kigali and Rwanda, trade between the two countries was the biggest victim. It’s estimated that Uganda has lost up to $200 million (Shs735 billion) in potential earnings if the border was open.

 

 

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