Uganda-Rwanda First Meeting to Implement Luanda Pact Due in Kigali Monday

Museveni (L) exchanges a handshake with Kagame (R) after signing the MoU in Luanda, Angola.

Twenty six days after the signing of a peace pact between the Presidents of Uganda and Rwanda in Angola, the first meeting on the implementation of the resolutions aimed at resolving ongoing disputes between the two nations, is due for Monday in Kigali, Rwanda.

On August 21, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame signed a peace pact committing that both countries will respect the sovereignty of each other and of the neighboring countries.

The pact was signed in Luanda, Angola, following months of frosty relations between Uganda and Rwanda.

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On Monday, Rwanda’s Minister of State in charge of East African Community, Olivier Nduhungirehe said: “Today, the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda MoU between Rwanda and Uganda will be held in Kigali”.

He said the opening ceremony will be attended by the Minister of External Relations of Angola and the Deputy PM/Minister of Interior of DRC.

Ambassador Nduhungirehe will be leading the Rwandan delegation while the Ugandan side is led by Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa.

Last week, the Ugandan government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo revealed that Kutesa would be leading Uganda’s delegation to the first meeting with Rwanda as per the recent Luanda memorandum of understanding.

As part of the MoU, the Ad Hoc Committee for the implementation of the MoU would be headed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and composed of the Ministers responsible for international Administration and the Heads of Intelligence of both countries.

Facilitators of the process will keep appraised by Uganda and Rwanda in the implementation of the MoU.

After the signing of the peace pact last month, President Museveni said: “We have agreed on a raft of issues that will be implemented between our two countries, largely meant to improve our security, trade, and political relations. Uganda is fully committed to enforcing this agreement”.

In February this year, Rwanda closed its main border with Uganda at Katuna and blocked cargo from crossing into its territory causing a customs crisis.

Since then, there have been accusations and counter accusations between Kampala and Kigali mostly relating to security.

In the MoU, the two Heads of State of Uganda and Rwanda undertook to respect the sovereignty of each other and of the neighboring countries.

They also undertook to refrain from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party and neighboring countries thereby “eliminating all factors that may create such perception as well as that of acts such as the financing, training and infiltration of destabilizing forces.”

The two Principals also agreed to protect and respect the rights and freedoms of the nationals of the other party residing or transiting in their national territories in accordance with the law of that country.

Kagame also committed to resume as soon as possible the cross-border activities between both countries including the movement of persons and goods for the development and improvement of the lives of their populations.

Both Presidents as well undertook to promote within the spirit of Pan Africanism and regional integration comprehensive cooperation in the fields of politics, security, defence, trade and cultural exchange, investment, based on complementary synergies.

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