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Museveni, Kagame to meet in London

President Museveni greets the Ugandan delegation in London

President Museveni greets the Ugandan delegation in London

President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame are expected to meet in London on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 which starts today.

If it goes ahead, this will be the first meeting for the presidents since last August when they met in Luanda, Angola and signed a Memorandum of Understanding intended to resolve a dispute that has seen the border between two countries closed for at least a year.

According to an official from the ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting will give a clear glimpse of whether the dispute is nearing resolution.

Over the Christmas holiday, Museveni sent Uganda’s United Nations permanent representative ambassador Adonia Ayebare to meet Kagame, a gesture the latter described as positive.

In the aftermath of the meeting, Uganda released nine Rwandans from custody and repatriated them to Kigali. In return, Rwanda also released four Ugandans – both steps seen as on the way to mend the stretched relations between the two countries. However, Rwanda last week shot dead another Ugandan and also arrested three others who were selling sorghum in Rwanda. 

In London, Museveni travelled with Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa, whose attempt to reach compromise with Rwanda officials in the Kampala meeting last month failed. Officials said only Museveni and Kagame could resolve the dispute.

Finance minister Matia Kasaija and state minister Evelyn Anite also travelled with the president. The summit, which brings together 21 African countries with the UK and African companies, is one of those avenues the UK is seeking to endear itself more closely to Africa as it nears its complete exit from the European Union.

According to the UK government, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use his opening speech to illustrate this modern partnership with examples of UK businesses like Dorset-based Low Energy Designs, which is installing smart street lighting across Nigeria, Northern Irish firm Lagan which has won the contract to build a business park in Uganda, and Diageo which is investing £67 million, to build a state of the art, environmentally friendly breweries in Kenya and wider East Africa.”

During the summit, Rwanda with the World Bank will launch a 3-year, fixed-rate, RWF-denominated bond worth $40 million at the London Stock Exchange.


0 #11 Joe 2020-01-21 13:57
Quoting Lakwena:
And Joe, don't distort facts and history. The 250,000 or so Banyarwanda you are talking about, were not innocent victims of Belgian colonialism.

In other words, they were unbearable, nasty, nihilist, narcissistic, supremacist and racist minority Tutsi, who abused the rights of the majority Hutu
countrymen/women and children.

Mind you, from October 1990, sponsored and armed by Mr. M7; they were the ones who went back to Rwanda bottled up with resentments and vengeance that triggered the 1994 Genocide.

Mr./Ms Lakwena, it is my sincere belief that your thought is not equal to the Uganda thought, not even Acholi thought. The saints that Museveni overthrew, showed who they were starting in 1966!
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0 #12 Lysol 2020-01-22 01:40
The last time I checked, they had not met. Kagame was speaking to King College Students instead.

The duo used to sleep in the same bed back in the day, why waste taxpayer's money to meet in London? The mistrust will continue until one of them is gone, may be?
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+1 #13 Concerned Ugandan 2020-01-22 09:28
If only the two could have used that opportunity to fight each other man to man and spared the citizens of Uganda and Rwanda from their personal issues!

It is always the little people who suffer when big men with lots of guns an big egos quarrel! National armies become tools to settle petty personal differences instead of the wider national interest and as always you have the helpless citizens caught in between!
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