May 28, 2022

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Uganda, Rwanda meet again at Muhoozi’s party

On a hot Sunday afternoon, Rwandan President Paul Kagame arrived in Uganda to attend the birthday celebrations of Land Forces Commander Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba. This was the first time the Rwandan leader had set foot in Uganda in more than four years.

And four years is a lot of time for President Kagame not to have visited a country that he once visited has called his second home. Kagame was a frequent guest at events at his former school, the Ntare School in Mbarara in southwestern Uganda, which happened to also teach Yoweri Museveni from Uganda. No doubt he has many friends in Uganda.

President Kagame’s visit, a few months after the border between Uganda and Rwanda reopened after three years of closure, brings hope to the people of both countries. It often happens that the former allies almost went to war, but held talks and eased tensions. However, many observers believe that the highly militarized tensions and resolutions are only between two people.

Prof. Solomon Asiimwe Muchwa, a scholar of international relations and security studies at Nkumba University in Uganda, says it has always been a problem because Uganda-Rwanda relations have been handled by individuals and not state apparatuses.

< p class="teamenckenindent">“If the State Department couldn’t achieve what Gen Muhoozi has just achieved in a few months, then there is a problem,” he said.

He says, that personal and family relationships cannot determine a country’s foreign policy.

Attempts by Angolan President João Lourenço, DR Congo Felix Tshisekedi, Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, the late John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania and South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa to influence both parties and end the dispute were unsuccessful.

According to Prof. Muchwa, this is the case indicate that the disagreements are mostly personal.

President Kagame’s recent visit may therefore mean that the two countries are heading towards warm relations as before.

Prof. Muchwa says that given their historical and cultural ties, separating Uganda and Rwanda is not easy.

“The Rwandans are part of our security apparatus. It is up to the intelligent services to ensure they are open and professional to weed out wrong elements in the system.”

Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s visit to Kigali appears to have more than resolved a conflict two decades and left political commentators confused. Ahead of the trip, General Muhoozi tweeted that he would meet his uncle and ease tensions that almost drew the two countries into a “pointless war”.

President Kagame says if Muhoozi Als When he made contact, he trusted him and immediately opened up because he felt “he was real”.

Rwanda is expected to host the 26th June between June 20th and 26th .Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Kigali is looking forward to hosting the esteemed meeting and its conflicts with neighbors Uganda and Burundi appear to have caused unease among Commonwealth countries.

The same weekend, General Muhoozi visited Kigali, Rwanda announced border reopening and the Commonwealth Office announced the CHOGM dates.

On January 30, 2022, Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of TotalEnergies, Rwanda and s spoke about the cooperation between the firm and Rwandan companies in th e energy sector. Mr. Pouyanné was en route to Uganda where he announced the final investment decision for Uganda’s oil project, marking the start of development on the 240,000 barrels per day project and ending the decades-long wait.

At the ceremony held on February 1 at Kololo Airstrip, attended by President Museveni and Vice-President of Tanzania Philip Mpango, Pouyanné said this is the commitment, in addition to the investments in the fields Tilenga and Kingfisher are investing $10 billion in the 1,400 km East Africa crude oil pipeline.

A political expert commented that the two countries may be forced by big business interests to work together without absolutely loving each other.

The birthday party was just a fitting ceremony to mark the beginning of an emotionless engagement.

Prof. Muchwa says non-state actors such as multinational corporations play leading roles in bringing countries together for the good of their businesses. TotalEnergies’ role in this case cannot be ruled out.

Charles Rwomushana, a former high-ranking spy in Museveni’s government, says Britain has been pushing Uganda and Rwanda to solve their problems, but the two leaders didn’t want to show their populace the extent of the quarrels.

He says that’s why they resorted to gentle discussions, exchanging secrets and the only person both could trust, General Muhoozi was.

Rwomushana says the two leaders avoided formal meetings involving State Department officials and the issuance of communiqués, and instead went to a birthday party that they treat as a private matter but could discuss relevant issues.

He says that the issues between the two countries are still resolved st need to be, but the two countries can trade while pretending to love each other.

Only time will tell if the unresolved i ssues will not explode once more.< /p>