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President Kagame returns to Uganda after four years

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has arrived in Uganda after four years

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has in Sunday afternoon arrived in Uganda after four years of bickering.

President Kagame landed at Entebbe International Airport around 3pm where he was received by among others security minister, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi and President Museveni’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

Kagame, a former member of National Resistance Army (NRA), will be attending Gen Muhoozi’s birthday day dinner at State House on Sunday evening.

President Kagame and Muhoozi have fostered in a good friendship rapport with Muhoozi telling off President Paul Kagame’s adversaries that, “This is my uncle, Afande Paul Kagame. Those who fight him are fighting my family. They should all be careful.”

The Rwandan President was welcomed by Security Minister Jim Muhwezi (PHOTO /Courtesy)

Muhoozi is credited with a significant role in mediating the Rwanda – Uganda standoff that saw Katuna/Gatuna border closed for close to 3 years.

Kigali had accused Kampala of allowing dissidents and armed groups to use parts of the country as a base to plan attacks to destabilise Rwanda.

President Kagame is expected attend General Muhoozi 48th Birthday celebrations to be held at State House Entebbe where he will also hold talks with President Museveni.

Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, is an erstwhile mentor of Kagame. President Kagame’s career began as a lieutenant in the Museveni’s National Resistance Army (NRA).

President Kagame shakes hands with President Museveni’s son Muhoozi Kainerugaba

For years, the two leaders were by each other’s side and supported one another to climb the ladder of power in their respective countries.

But more recently, relations between the two leaders has been, at best, frosty.

Kagame, 62, accused his former ally of backing rebel groups and dissidents who want to bring down the government in Kigali.

Kagame was last in the country on March 25, 2018 for a one day visit at President Yoweri Museveni’s invite where the two principals held official talks in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has arrived in Uganda after four years

As the two leaders meet in Entebbe today traders will hope the border crossing will be reopened – for good this time.

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