The Rwanda-Uganda border will not be reopened until at least after 45 days when Uganda has taken steps and effort to verify Rwanda’s allegation that it is harbouring dissidents plotting to overthrow President Paul Kagame.
Since February 2019, Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda and also blocked its citizens from crossing over claiming it can't guarantee their safety while in Uganda. Several people from either country have been shot dead by Rwandan security forces while crossing in or out of Rwanda since the border closure.
Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and Kagame of Rwanda today met at the Katuna/Gatuna border for the fourth quadripartite summit seeking to resolve the diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
In the final communique released to the press, Museveni and Kagame signed also extradition treaty which constitutes the legal framework to handle cases of justice including nationals engaged in subversive activities in either country.
But even more crucially, the summit recommended that Uganda must verify within a month, Rwanda’s allegations of harbouring and facilitating dissidents hostile to President Kagame’s government.
And, that if the allegations are proved to be true, Uganda has been tasked to put in place all measures to put this to an immediate stop. Once these actions have been fulfilled and confirmed by the Ad-Hoc Ministerial Commissioner for the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding of Luanda, the communique says then the Gatuna/Katuna border shall be reopened within 15 days and normal relations restored.
The summit was also attended by Angola President Joåo Manuel Gonçalves LOURENÇO and Democratic Republic of Congo President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi. Last week while addressing government officials, Kagame said Uganda wrongly believed that Rwandans would starve and come begging for the reopening of the border but instead it made Rwanda self reflect and starting manufacturing or importing from elsewhere goods that were coming from Uganda.