He presented credentials along with other diplomats accredited to Uganda during a ceremony which took place on Thursday 6th May 2021 at the State House in Entebbe.
“Receiving Rwandan High Commissioner Designate to Uganda H.E Col (rtd) Joseph Rutabana and Zimbabwe Ambassador-Designate to Uganda H.E Mrs. Winpeg Moyo at State House Entebbe yesterday. I welcome them to Uganda and wish them a fruitful term,” President Museveni said in a tweet.
The cabinet meeting held in September 2020, appointed Col Joseph Rutabana as Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Uganda replacing Maj Gen (Rtd) Frank Mugambage who held the position for 11 years.
Rutabana previously served as Rwanda’s ambassador to Israel.
Rwanda, Uganda relations worsened since 2017 when the latter started arresting Rwandans in different operations. The Government of Rwanda has since 2017 been condemning such arbitrary detentions and advised Rwandans not to travel to Uganda in March 2019.
Later on, Angola launched discussions to mend Rwanda, Uganda relations which led to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in Angola, Luanda known as Luanda Agreement in 2019.
The memorandum was signed on August 21st 2019 in a bid to solve conflicts between Rwanda and Uganda.
Despite efforts to sign the agreement between both heads of state, CMI continues arbitrary detention of Rwandans who endure torture in its facilities.