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Museveni, Kagame downplay reports of tensions between their countries

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame (left) and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni meet at State House Entebbe on March 25, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says there are no tensions between his country and Rwanda, the Daily Monitor reports.

Museveni made the statement on Sunday during Rwanda President Paul Kagame’s one-day state working visit in Entebbe.

The two held a closed-door meeting that was also attended by Kagame’s delegation that included ministers and senior security officials.

The Rwandan President was accompanied by his Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Muishiwabo and the head of Rwandan intelligence Maj-Gen Nzabamwita.






Museveni told journalists that the two leaders had agreed to have Ugandan and Rwandan intelligence services forge a close cooperation in an arrangement that will not only be in security matters but also development.

“There is no fundamental problem between Uganda and Rwanda,” Museveni said.

“We don’t even have a border problem like with Kenya on issues related to Migingo Island. With Rwanda there is nothing really.”

On his part, the Kagame emphasized the need to work together while bringing out facts and taking right decisions without going into details of the security tension between the two nations.

Kagame also dismissed reports that Ugandans in Rwanda have had their contracts terminated under mysterious circumstances adding that are “many things said out of context”.






This meeting comes barely a week after Uganda’s Museveni called off his trip to Kigali where he was slated to attend a meeting on the African Continental Free Trade Area Treaty.

According to sources, the cancellation followed a disagreement between President Museveni’s advance security team and the Rwandan security officials in Kigali.

Rwanda’s Kagame had also skipped the East African Heads of State Summit held in Kampala on February 22 to raise funds for health and infrastructure projects.

There was a purge in the Uganda Police Force in recent months where some senior officers are accused of, among other things, kidnapping and aiding repatriation of Rwandan dissidents.

The two governments at different times have also accused each of other of supporting dissidents and espionage.

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