Third quadripartite summit on Uganda-Rwanda conflict to be held in Luanda

On 1 February 2020 at 05:42

A delegation from Rwanda and Uganda has been invited to Luanda, Angola to attend the third quadripartite summit on the implementation of Luanda Agreements which were signed on August 21st, 2019. The agreements aimed at solving tensions between Rwanda and Uganda.

The Minister of State in charge of the East African CommunityAmb Olivier Nduhungirehe, posted on his Twitter account that the third quadripartite meeting on Uganda-Rwanda conflict will be held in Angola on February 2nd, 2020.

"Third Quadripartite Summit on relations between Uganda and Rwanda, to be held in Luanda this Sunday 2nd February 2020, under the facilitation of Presidents João Lourenço of Angola and Félix Antoine Tshisekedi of DRC. With good faith and resolve, we can end this crisis."

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Angola invited the four parties as per a Twitter message that reads: "President João Lourenço has invited his counterparts Félix Tshisekedi (DRC), Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), for another Quadripartite Summit in Luanda this Sunday. Security matters and regional cooperation will be at the heart of the discussion"

In September, 2019, a follow-up meeting was held in Kigali to evaluate the implementation of the agreement. Resolutions taken included releasing countless Rwandans who were incarcerated in Uganda’s prisons and for Uganda to stop supporting anti-Rwanda terrorist groups.

A second follow-up meeting was held in Kampala in December, 2019, discussing the ongoing conflict between the two countries where Ministers of State and other representatives of security authorities tried to find a common ground and end the tensions but to no avail.

It has been three years now that the tension between Uganda and Rwanda sparked. Rwanda accuses Uganda of imprisoning and torturing its citizens and also supporting anti-Rwanda terrorist groups and activities.

In March 2019, the Government of Rwanda warned its citizens to stop all travels to Uganda due to illegal incarceration and torture Rwandans who were in Uganda were subjected to. It was emphasized by many Rwandans who were chased out of Uganda and dumped on border posts after being beaten and tortured for alleged crimes of being on Ugandan territory clandestinely or being spies.

Survivors of Uganda’s jails and torture said that they were tortured on order of Uganda’s Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) and that some died while others were permanently handicapped.

Uganda recently released 9 Rwandans who were incarcerated illegally and that suggested good faith on its part to solve the conflict.

Minister Biruta said that it was a good step towards solving the conflict but that it was only a beginning since more than 100 Rwandans are still held prisoner in Uganda.

The agreements aimed at solving tensions between Rwanda and Uganda.