By Keefa Nuwahereza
Opening borders between Rwanda and Uganda has been dealt yet another draw after Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame failed to reach a consensus at the Third Tripartite Meeting in Luanda, Angola, held today Sunday, February 02 2020.
The meeting was a follow up of the Second Tripartite meeting held in Luanda, Angola in August 2020, which was aimed at restoring peace between the two countries, during which both Kagame and Museveni signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
According to the pact signed, the two leaders agreed to, “respect the sovereignty” of Uganda and Rwanda and other neighbouring countries, although few of the resolutions were implemented, which triggered off another the third meeting.
So during the Third Tripartite Uganda-Rwanda meeting in Luanda, Five key resolutions were arrived at by the heads of state.
Chief among the five resolutions is Release of prisoners, no support for “destabilisers” and protecting citizens’ human rights.
The meeting also resolve to institute an Ad Hoc team to continue with negotiations, ahead another heads of state meeting to be held again on February 21, 2020 at Katuna border.
Shortly after the .meeting Museveni tweeted thus; “Attended the third Quadripartite Summit on Uganda, Rwanda, Angola and DR Congo in Luanda. I thank President Joao Laurenco for hosting the summit. Uganda will do its part to ensure resolutions of the summit are implemented.”
In March 2019 Rwandan authorities blocked Ugandan cargo from entering their country and also barred their nationals from travelling into Uganda, before announcing the closure of borders at Katuna and Cyanika.
This triggered an economic and social crisis for the communities that were living near the border.
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