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Museveni stops govt officials from responding to Rwanda on rebel training accusations

Uganda’s President Museveni (L) is at the receiving end of his erstwhile ally Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Museveni has stopped government officials from responding to Rwanda on rebel training accusations(FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The Kampala regime will no longer respond to Rwandan claims with regards to the deteriorating relations with Rwanda, as par the directive from President Yoweri Museveni.

Government Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo told a media briefing at the Uganda Media Center that they will not make any more comments reacting to whatever Rwandan officials say in the media.

“In regard to Rwanda’s allegations and continued defamation of Ugandan officials by Rwandan officials, President Museveni gave us guidance that we should stop responding to anything they say in the media,” said Mr. Opondo.

Without elaborating, he said the President had informed them that the Rwanda-Uganda issue is being handled by relevant government agencies.

Known for making outlandish statements on all subjects, Mr. Opondo said he would not be making any more comments on the Rwanda-Uganda subject.

On weekend, Mr. Opondo engaged in a social media battle with Rwandan officials as they sought to mask the tensions and claimed that the cargo trucks from Uganda who were blocked from crossing into Rwanda at Kyanika border earlier last week intended to pave the way for the upgrade of the one-stop border post, an explanation entirely dismissed by the Ugandan government.

Mr. Opondo had also warned Rwandan officials with property in Uganda to avoid speaking because they could be exposed.

The comment prompted a swift reaction from Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Richard Sezibera that he had no property in Uganda, adding that even if he did, it was not a crime.

Opondo has also been engaged in heated exchanges with Rwanda’s State Minister for East African Affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe on Twitter.

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