President Kagame, Museveni to meet in Angola over security issues

On 12 July 2019 at 08:38

The President of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço has invited Heads of State including Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in a regional security meeting scheduled on 12th July 2019.

Angola Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced via twitter account that the meeting will revolve around security and regional issues.

The meeting has been organized at a time when Rwanda and DRC are enjoying vibrant relations under the leadership of Tshisekedi while there is a political turbulence between Rwanda and Uganda.

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.

A total of 900 Rwandans were reportedly detained in Uganda as at the end of March 2019.

This saw the Government of Rwanda advising Rwandans not to travel to Uganda for their security until the situation gets back to normal.

It has been two years since Rwanda, Uganda relations worsened.

Rwanda expressed concerns over Rwandans who travel to Uganda for business purposes but are abducted, imprisoned and tortured accused of being Rwanda’s spies.

Rwanda also accuses Uganda of conspiracy with rebel groups intending to destabilize state security. The meeting is expected to discuss these issues threatening regional security given that all these countries are member of International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

ICGLR was founded in 2006 following the request of international organizations including the United Nations. It was mandated to coordinate, supervise and facilitate the implementation of initiatives meant promote peace and security in the region.

The organization comprises of 12members including Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, DRC, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Congo Brazzaville, Tanzania and Zambia.

Rwanda enjoys existing relationships with Angola rooted on promoting peace and prosperity among their citizens and the region.

In February 2019, both countries signed security cooperation agreements.

The President of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço has invited Paul Kagame, Yoweri Museveni and Félix Tshisekedi to meet in Angola over security issues.