The pact has been signed in Luanda, Angola today during a quadripartite summit bringing together the host President of Angola João Lourenço; the President of Uganda, Museveni, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Felix Tshisekedi and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.
The signing was also witnessed by President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville.
It is the second quadripartite summit hosted by Angolan President, João Lourenço aimed at strengthening regional security and cooperation.
Kagame went to Angola after concluding a three-day state visit to Namibia.
After signing the pact, President Kagame thanked the leaders of Angola and DRC for their attitude and brotherly commitment ‘to helping us find solutions between Uganda and Rwanda.’
“We had the opportunity to broadly and extensively discuss many issues as we understood them, that underlined this problem, hence the MoU we have reached today which stipulates the path to follow as we continue to try to resolve this problem,” he said.
Kagame also thanked President Lourenço and Tshisekedi for the work and wise counsel they put into the process of bringing him together with President Museveni to resolve any problems that have been existing between Uganda and Rwanda.
He highlighted that the signed MoU is meant to address existing problems clearly.
“I think it is not very difficult to address many of the problems we have had, it may take a bit of time to understand each other but I think we have come a long way. I see no problem in Rwanda working with President Lourenço, President Tshisekedi and more specifically with President Museveni to address what we have agreed to address,” said Kagame.
“If there are difficulties going on by trade not going on across the border and there are also problems when people can’t cross the border when you have people who get arrested when they cross the border, that affects the movement of people, of goods and trade. We are going to address all these problems. By doing that indiscriminately, we will get where we want to be,” he added.
The meeting is a follow up of the July 12 summit also held in Angola’s Luanda which brought together the heads of state of the four countries.
The July meeting was devoted to regional security, cooperation and strengthening of ties among the four countries. It also reviewed the regional situation and reinforced coordination within the framework of multilateral concertation mechanisms.
In the July summit’s final communiqué, the heads of state stressed the importance of a permanent, frank and open dialogue that should be strengthened both bilaterally between the states of the region and multilaterally, for the consolidation of peace and security as a fundamental premise for economic integration.
It has been two years since Rwanda, Uganda relations worsened.
Uganda has been deporting different Rwandans who accuse it of inhumane imprisonment and torture on false accusations by Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence and rebel groups against the Government of Rwanda.
Over 900 Rwandans have been reportedly detained in Uganda.
This saw the Government of Rwanda advising Rwandans not to travel to Uganda for their security until the situation gets back to normal.
Rwanda also accuses Uganda of conspiracy with rebel groups intending to destabilize state security.