“It’s Wrong for Rwandan Agents to Try to Operate Behind Uganda” – Museveni Writes to Kagame

Uganda's President Museveni (R) with Rwandan counterpart, Kagame during their meeting in Entebbe in 2018.

President Yoweri Museveni has recently written to Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame following the fresh diplomatic row between the two neighboring countries.

Below is President Museveni’s letter verbatim…

Greetings from the people of Uganda and from myself. I am writing to let you know that by accident, I at last, had a meeting with a Rwandan who admitted to being a member of the group you told me about – Rwanda National Congress (RNC). This is a lady known as Mukankusi, whom, I am sure you know but I had never met before.

One of my NRM contacts kept telling me that there was a Rwandan lady who had some important information to give me and that she wanted to come with somebody known as Gasana, who also had important information. When I heard of Gasana, I thought that it was the Gasana who was behind me in Ntare and who for a long time had worked n the foreign affairs ministry of Uganda.

When they came a few days ago, I discovered that Gasana was a completely different person. I think I had seen this gentleman once when the delegation of the Security Council had visited Uganda some years ago. I then sked them what they wanted to tell me.

Mukankusi told me that her husband Rutagarama had been killed by agents of the Rwadan State. She mentioned Nziiza, Munyuzza etc. How had she confirmed this? That she had been told by those very people. I then asked what she wanted me to do about it because this is an internal matter of Rwanda. She said she wanted me to know that bad things are happening in Rwanda.

She then told me that she had joined RNC to resist Your Excellency’s government and she wanted us to support them.

I told her that we could not support them because what was happening in Rwanda was an internal matter of Rwanda. I explained to her that the stand of the African Union is a scientific one and I is correct. Interfering in the internal affairs of sister countries is wrong because first of all outsiders cannot understand situations of sister countries well.

They can make mistakes. Secondly, those mutual interferences in one another’s internal affairs will interfere with the bigger, normal, non-controversial, State to State activities – trade, transport, etc. it is therefore correct to only concentrate on bilateral or multilateral issues and never involve oneself in the internal affairs of other countries.

She was disappointed in my reply and I told her I will inform you in writing.

Gasana, on the other hand said that he was not involved with the RNC, but that he came to help a white lady, Wolfson, who we had declared persona non grata, to come back and continue with her charity work. Some of our (people in the) diaspora had worked on it with him. He told me that he works with the Jewish Agency and apparently they are the ones who support Wolfson.

Mr Rujugiro also came separately. He seems to be resisting the idea of selling his businesses, which he had accepted (to do) before. He countered the idea of giving money to Kayumba by saying that even if he sells the factories in Uganda, he still has more lucrative factories I Angola, R Congo etc, a total of eight of them.

He can send money from those. He denied sending money to Kayumba or being a politician. He said he only supported RPF at the late Rwigyema’s request and your request.

If therefore he is still a problem to Rwanda, the correct option is to use the courts of Uganda to prove the case of terrorism and then his assets can be frozen. You did not respond to my letter of October 15 2018 which contained that proposal. All these people left Uganda after only a few days.

This was to inform you of these encounters. As I told you when we met, there is no question of Uganda supporting anti-Rwanda elements. Indeed. I have not heard Rwanda saying that Uganda “supports” these elements.

What I heard and what you told me when we met was that some elements were “operating” from or “in” Uganda to recruit, etc.it is this aspect that the joint teams should work on. I invited Ambassador Mugambagye and I linked him with our people and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. This is easy to follow up.

What is wrong is for Rwanda agents to try to operate behind the government of Uganda. I get a lot of stories; but I will never raise them unless I have confirmed them.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

President of the Republic of Uganda

March 10, 2019

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