KAMPALA – Uganda and Rwanda officials are today, Friday, December 13 set to meet in Kampala in a bid to salvage the Luanda peace agreement aimed at mending diplomatic relations.
The meeting was meant to take place on October 17 but following different provocative actions, including arrests of each other’s citizens, the meeting was postponed until further notice.
It was meant to be a follow up to the September 16 meeting in Kigali.
But Kampala on Thursday confirmed that the meeting will take place today and Kigali has confirmed attendance.
“Uganda and Rwanda will tomorrow (Friday) hold a follow-up meeting at Speke Resort Munyonyo to the one held in Kigali in September to concretize the issues in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in Luanda, Angola in Aug 2019,” Uganda government spokesperson, Mr Ofwono Opondo tweeted.
He added that the meeting will be attended by the delegations from Angola and DR Congo who are the facilitators to the Luanda MoU.
The meetings are meant to fast-track the implementation of an agreement signed in August by both President Paul Kagame and President Museveni in Angola, to end two-year-long hostilities between the neighbours.
Key on the agenda for the Kampala meeting is further discussions on the reopening of the two East African nations’ common border for goods and people.
Since the September meeting in Kigali, relations between the two countries have soured. Kigali has on two occasions shot dead Ugandans for illegally crossing the border in Kigezi sub-region. On the other hand, Kampala has arrested and deported several Rwandan nationals for illegal entry.