The MoUs were signed on 21st August 2019. The pact was signed in Luanda, Angola, 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 was the second quadripartite summit hosted by Angolan President; João Lourenço aimed at strengthening regional security and cooperation.
The agreement, among other things, calls for the two parties to refrain from engaging in actions that destabilize the other party (or actions perceived to) such as financing, training, and infiltration of destabilizing forces.
The agreement also calls on both countries to protect and respect the rights and freedoms of nationals of the other party residing or transiting in their national territory.
Following the agreements, Rwanda and Uganda were also expected to establish a commission for the implementation of the MoU including the minister for internal administration and heads of intelligence.
Olivier Nduhungirehe, the state minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Community has told IGIHE that the first meeting bringing together both parties will revolve around signed MoUs.
“The delegation is expected to arrive on Monday next week. It will be led by Uganda’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa,” he said.
Precursors that followed the signing of agreements rose mixed reactions over Uganda’s decision to ban readership of some leading Rwanda’s online media from Rwanda.
The agreements were signed, two years after 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 1000 Rwandans have been reportedly detained in Uganda which 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.
Following the signing of the pact, Olivier Nduhungirehe, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Community told the media that all Rwandans who were illegally arrested in Uganda should be freed in the spirit of the agreement signed Angola before the government of Rwanda lifts the travel advisory on Rwandans traveling to Uganda.