Katuna which borders Rwanda and Uganda has been declared a ‘no-man’s land’ and a ‘no-go area’ ahead of a meeting between Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame. The meeting, scheduled for this Friday is part of the resolutions of the quadripartite summit held in Luanda, Angola on February 2 to resolve a year-long standoff between the two neighbouring countries.
It was mediated by João Lourenço, the President of Angola and Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda in February 2019. In the aftermath, Rwandan authorities led by Kagame accused Uganda of abducting Rwandan citizens and locking them up in ungazetted areas, as well as hosting dissidents from the Rwanda National Congress and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda.
Rwanda also advised its citizens against travelling to Uganda, saying it can’t guarantee their safety. But during the summit, it was agreed that the two nations release prisoners held in their countries, refrain from interference in each other’s affairs, protect human rights of citizens of both Uganda and Rwanda and continue the activities of the Ad-Hoc commission, as a mechanism for monitoring the implementation of the process.
Ugandan security officials led by Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, the minister of State for Works, Kabale resident district commissioner Darius Nandiinda and Rwanda security officials held a closed-door meeting at Katuna border on Tuesday afternoon where they resolved to close the no man’s land until the meeting takes place.