6 resolutions from third Ad Hoc Commission between Rwanda and Uganda

By IGIHE
On 15 February 2020 at 09:11

Prior to the fourth quadripartite summit that will be held at Gatuna border on February 21st, 2020, the third Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda was held in Kigali on February 14th, 2020.

The Ad Hoc Commission resulted in 6 resolutions which were announced at around 9 pm the same day.

The meeting discussed Rwanda-Uganda conflict from its root and main accusations that Uganda illegally detains and tortures Rwandan Citizens and that Uganda supports anti-Rwanda armed groups and terrorist organizations.

The first resolution states that both parties agreed to verify the number and status of nationals of either party detained in each other’s country and report it through a ’Note Verbale’ in three weeks.

Both parties also agreed to protect and respect the human rights of nationals of either party.

The third resolution states that "both parties committed to finalize the Extradition Treaty to be signed in the presence of the Heads of States at the fourth quadripartite summit to be held at Gatuna/Katuna common border between Rwanda and Uganda on February 21st, 2020"

As for the fourth resolution, by February 15th, 2020, the Government of Rwanda will write a note addressed to the Government of Uganda about alleged destabilizing activities carried out by Anti-Rwanda terrorist organizations on Ugandan territory. Uganda will respond to the issues that can be immediately addressed by February 20th, 2020 and further investigate the unresolved issues.

The Ad Hoc commission recommended to the quadripartite summit to consider normalizing the movement of people and goods between Rwanda and Uganda.
Finally, both parties agreed to resume collaboration between defense and security organs in order to improve national security.

Uganda Government officials who attended the Ad Hoc Commission included Sam Kutesa, Uganda Minister of foreign affairs, the high commissioner of Uganda to Rwanda, Olivier Wonekha, William Byaruhanga, Uganda Attorney General, Gen J.J Odongo Abu, Minister of Internal Affairs, Col Paddy Ankunda, permanent secretary in the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Patrick Mugoya and Ambassador Joseph Ocwet.

Rwanda’s side was led by Amb Nduhungirehe Olivier and included Col Patrick Karuretwa, the Principal Private Secretary to the President, Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, Anaclet Kalibata, the Director General of External Intelligence at the National Intelligence and Security Services, Minister of Local Government, Shyaka Anastase and the high commissioner of Rwanda to Uganda, Frank Mugambage.

Both parties also agreed to protect and respect the human rights of nationals of either party.
The meeting discussed Rwanda-Uganda conflict from its root and main accusations that Uganda illegally detains and tortures Rwandan Citizens
The third Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda was held in Kigali

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