Uganda has invited Rwanda to an ad hoc meeting to discuss and review the implementation of an agreement both countries signed in 2019 to end their longstanding bilateral tensions.
A letter of invitation sent by Uganda’s Foreign Minister General Jeje Odongo, received by his Rwandan counterpart Vincent Biruta on August 30, confirmed sources from both governments.
However, Rwanda denied there were any plans for the meeting. for the time being. “
” No meeting is planned for the time being, but Rwanda remains open for a follow-up dialogue on the issues raised. The problems remain, however, as Uganda continues to kidnap, arrest, torture and deport Rwandans, “Yolande Makolo, spokeswoman for the Rwandan government told The EastAfrican.
” As we have said repeatedly The situation will only improve if Uganda stops supporting political and armed groups hostile to Rwanda and spreading false information about the impasse between our two countries. ”
This comes at a time in which the two countries continue to argue about espionage, support for rebels and the mistreatment of citizens across borders.
Your presidents recently barged publicly on television, what seems to be the strongest signal, diplomatic and bilateral relations have collapsed once again.
President Yoweri Museveni said in an interview broadcast on France24 on September 8th urde: “A few years ago we had talks with the agency in Angola. I didn’t see the border opened “when asked why the border was closed and when it would be opened.
President Museveni also downplayed Pegasus’ international espionage allegations against Rwanda. < / p>
“I haven’t followed up on it, but it’s a waste of time. Spy for What to Do? If I want secrets, you won’t know because the secrets are in my head. They’re not over microphones, ”Museveni said.
The espionage allegations escalated recently when a Ugandan academic of Rwandan origin working in Uganda was picked up by intelligence officials and briefly arrested on suspicion of spying for Rwanda .
However, he was released two days later without a formal charge.
On September 5, President Paul Kagame accused the Ugandan government of normalizing the mistreatment of Rwandans in Uganda.
“No Ugandans have problems in Rwanda, but literally all Rwandans who go there are concerned. Some even regretted visiting Uganda while others are crippled from the way they were arrested and tortured, “said President Kagame.
” It seems that these actions are now part of it of their policies, now they are not even hiding this fact. ”
Since March 2019, both countries have exchanged the bodies of their nationals with at least six Ugandans and an unspecified number of Rwandans.
Presidents Kagame and Museveni have met four times since 2019, mainly to settle their differences in the arbitration of Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while officials from both countries have met several times to implement the decisions of their presidents.