Rwanda’s Kagame in Uganda on rare visit as ties warm | News

Kagame is to fulfill President Museveni and attend celebration of Ugandan chief’s son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has arrived in Uganda, making his first go to to the nation in 4 years as the connection between the 2 East African nations improves following long-simmering tensions.

Public broadcaster Rwanda Broadcasting Company mentioned on Sunday that Kagame had arrived in Kampala to fulfill his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni and attend the forty eighth celebration of Museveni’s highly effective son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who has been instrumental within the rapprochement between the 2 neighbours.

Kainerugaba has performed a key function in repairing lengthy hostile relations with Kigali, together with holding talks with Kagame that led to a reopening of the land border in January after three years of closure.

The Ugandan excessive fee in Kigali mentioned Kagame was on “a non-public go to”, including that Kainerugaba and safety minister Jim Muhwezi had been among the many senior authorities officers who obtained the Rwandan chief.

Kainerugaba, who heads Uganda’s land forces and serves as a particular presidential adviser, has beforehand referred to Kagame as “my uncle” on Twitter.

“Those that struggle him are combating my household. They need to all watch out,” he wrote in January.

Unstable ties

The go to comes weeks after Uganda introduced the deportation of a number one determine belonging to the banned opposition group Rwanda Nationwide Congress (RNC), which Kigali considers a “terrorist” outfit.

The reported presence on Ugandan soil of rebels searching for to topple Kagame has been a long-running sore in relations between the 2 neighbours.

Kainerugaba had promised to crack down on the RNC, which was based in 2010 by former Rwandan military chief Kayumba Nyamwasa and ex-spy boss Patrick Karegeya who each grew to become fierce Kagame critics.

Kagame final visited Uganda in March 2018 on Museveni’s invitation for personal talks on bilateral, regional and worldwide points.

Though the 2 males had been shut allies within the Eighties and Nineties, the 2 international locations later fell out over mutual accusations of espionage, abductions and help for rebels.

The Uganda-Rwanda border was abruptly closed in 2019 as tensions spiralled, however was reopened in January this yr in a serious signal of warming ties.

Though Kainerugaba has repeatedly denied claims he intends to succeed his 77-year-old father – one among Africa’s longest-serving leaders – observers level to his speedy rise via Uganda’s military ranks as proof that he’s being groomed for the highest job.

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