The second meeting is organized by joint Rwanda, Uganda commission established by Luanda agreements signed by both countries Heads of State on 21st August 2019.
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.
Some of the deportees testified that they were forced to join the rebel group of Kayumba Nyamwasa which pins Uganda to be supporting rebel groups against Rwanda.
This saw the Government of Rwanda advising citizens not to travel to Uganda for their security following testimonies of hundreds of Rwandans tortured and deported from Uganda.
On 20th October 2019, Chimpreports medium based in Uganda made a publication that Uganda’s foreign affairs ministry sent an invitation to Rwanda for the second meeting mending relations on 13th November 2019.
At the time, Rwanda was not informed of the invitation. The State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe expressed concern that Rwanda didn’t receive the invitation that both parties didn’t agree on the date.
Amb. Nduhungirehe has today told IGIHE that the letter was sent later that Rwanda is getting ready to attend though the schedule of 13th November might be modified on the Ugandan side.
During the previous meeting held in Rwanda on 16th September 2019, Rwanda provided a list of Rwandans detained in Uganda and the Republic of Uganda committed to verify the information for the purpose of processing those named through a due judicial process and releasing those against whom no evidence of criminal conduct will have been found.
The release is among resolutions of first Rwanda-Uganda peace talks discussing the implementation of Memorandum of Understandings to end political turbulence signed in Angola.
Rwanda-Uganda delegations came up with a number of issues of mutual interest and concern between both countries.
“We will discuss on implementation of previous resolutions, discuss the current situation with Uganda and address a press conference later,” Nduhungirehe has said.
Following the first meeting, it was agreed that the next appointment was set within 30 days in Kampala within 30 to assess the implementation of resolutions.
Both countries agreed to follow due process in dealing with each other’s citizens; reiterated commitment to refraining from acts of destabilizing each other; finalize the extradition treaty in order to provide a framework for future exchange of criminal fugitives and cease all forms of hostile propaganda in both mainstream and social media.
Both countries also agreed that the issue of free movement of persons, goods, and services across the common border and other outstanding issues shall be discussed in the next meeting.
The opening ceremony of the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understandings between Rwanda and Uganda was attended by the Minister of External Relations of Angola, Manuel Domingos Augusto and Gilbert Kankonde Malamba, the Deputy Prime Minister of Interior of DRC.
The Rwandan delegation was led by Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Minister of State in charge of the East African Community while Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs leads the Ugandan delegation.
Rwanda was also represented by Gen Maj Frank Mugambage, Rwanda’s ambassador to Uganda; the Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye; the Minister of Local Government, Prof. Shyaka Anastase; Gen Maj Joseph Nzabamwita, the Secretary-General of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and Col Anaclet Kalibata, the head of External Intelligence at NISS.
Uganda’s delegation also included the Minister of Defense, Gen. J.J Odongo Abu; Amb. Joseph Ocwet; the Director-General External Security Organisation (ESO), the State’s Attorney General, Byaruhanga and Uganda’s ambassador to Rwanda, Oliver Wonekha.
Facilitators included Angolan Ambassador to Rwanda, Horacio Uliengue; Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister and DRC Deputy Prime Minister and head of Intelligence Inzun Justin Kakiak.