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Katuna-Gatuna border to remain closed

By JOSEPH TUMWESIGYE

Friday February 21, 2020

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda shakes hands with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda at the Katuna Border (Courtesy Picture) 

The Katuna-Gatuna border will remain closed despite expectations from citizens of Uganda and Rwanda of a meeting held by their Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame.

The Quadripartite meeting that included President João Lourenço of Angola and President Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic Congo, however, came up with a few resolutions for the time being that are expected to aid the Peaceful deliberations of Uganda and Rwanda.

The Presidents of Uganda and Rwanda signed an extradition treaty to deal with cases of subversive activities between the two countries.

Also, put forward, is the issue of demands. In this deliberation, Uganda is expected to verify and meet Rwanda’s demands in a month’s time. These demands include the release of more prisoners, Rwanda says are still being held in Uganda. The other important demand is for the government of Uganda to investigate the Self-Worth Initiative, a human rights organisation based in Kampala that has been critical of Rwanda over alleged human rights abuses.

Earlier on, the government of Uganda agreed to revoke the passport of a Charlotte Mukankusi the Commissioner in charge of Diplomacy in the Rwanda National Congress (RNC). This was confirmed by Rwanda’s Minister of State for foreign affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe. This was one of the seven demands Rwanda made.

Rwanda also wants Uganda to disband the Rwanda National Congress and RUD-Urunana networks in Uganda, and to arrest and extradite all its members so that they can face justice in Rwanda.

According to the arrangement made at this Katuna-Gatuna boarder Quadripartite meeting, President Museveni and President Kagame with President Lourenço, and Tshisekedi will meet 15 days after Uganda acknowledges Rwanda’s demands, to open the border and normalise relations between the neighbouring countries.

Both countries are expected to desist from interfering with the state of affairs of the other.