It is the right time for Uganda to make amends with Rwanda-Uganda legislator

On 25 February 2020 at 04:34

During the ’NBS Morning Breeze’ broadcast today on NBS television, Ugandan lawyer and human rights activist, Fred Mukasa Mbidde condemned the hostility the government of President Yoweri Museveni keeps directing to Rwanda.

He said it should instead be a good time for Uganda to make amends and end tensions with Rwanda.

"The time for Kigaki to obtain all they want should be now when President Museveni is interested in the votes and heading to the elections."

Currently, progress is being made on both parts to solve the conflicts with the mediation of President Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and President Lourenço of Angola.

After the fourth quadripartite summit which was held at Gatuna/Katuna border on February 21st, 2020, Uganda was given a month to verify all allegations that Rwanda dissidents and armed group operate on its territory and if found accurate, taking actions to stop those groups and prevent the situation from every happening again.

The summit agreed that if the resolutions taken are implemented, the Ad Hoc Comission between Uganda and Rwanda will convene at Gatuna/Katuna border within 15 days for the solemn reopening of borders and normalization of the movement of people and goods.

Closing borders caused unimaginable loss to Ugandans especially in trade and Ugandans kept urging President Museveni to take actions and find a quick remedy to solve tensions with Rwanda.

Mbidde said that it is a good time for Museveni to act right in a bid to rally support ahead of 2021 elections.

On his way back from the fourth quadripartite summit, President Museveni told swarms of supporters at Gatuna/Katuna border that the root of the conflict was within the government of Rwanda.

"We are not in any way responsible of creating Rwanda dissidents. There are internal conflicts within the government of Rwanda which they have failed to solve and gradually created enemies who fled to South Africa. Not Uganda."

"I take this time to express sincere solidarity with the people who were affected by the closure of Katuna border. We are doing our best to make the situation better and sooner or later, you will all realize NRM has Ugandan people in its best interests," Museveni was quoted.

However, Museveni’s propaganda was condemned given that he is notorious for rallying Rwanda dissidents and supporting them in their agenda of destabilizing Rwanda’s security. He has in the past years succeeded in executing vile conspiracies against Rwanda with the support of Kayumba Nyamwasa and Patrick Karegeya who founded the Rwandan National Congress (RNC).

Mbidde explained that there are no leadership issues in Rwanda and that all the propaganda against Rwanda is promoted by people who are not even in the country to witness the strides Rwanda is making.

Rwanda accuses Uganda of supporting terrorist and armed groups including RNC, FDLR and RUD Urunana and allowing them to freely operate on Ugandan territory.

Uganda also allows the armed groups to recruit new members, torture those who refuse to join with the complicity of Uganda government officials such as Philemon Mateke, Minister of State for Regional Affairs.

Mbidde said that "Ugandans will not support terrorist conspiracies against Rwanda."

Yusuf Serunkuma, a Ugandan and an expert in historical studies and political economy said that the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) should do its part to solve the tensions between Rwanda and Uganda.

However, Mbidde replied that it is not in EALA responsibilities to solve conflicts between member countries of the EAC.

"The main objective of EALA is to promote regional integration, establishing a common market and constructing a powerful and sustainable EA economic and political bloc."

Fred Mukasa Mbidde condemned the hostility the government of President Yoweri Museveni keeps directing to Rwanda.