Uganda-Rwanda Tensions: Museveni sends special message to Kagame

Ambassador Adonia Ayebare and Rwanda President, Paul Kagame (PHOTO /Courtesy)

KIGALI —President Yoweri Museveni on Monday January 17, sent a special message to his counterpart Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

The message was carried to Urugwiro Village, the Office of the President of Rwanda, by the Uganda ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, Adonia Ayebare.

The foreign affairs ministry has since released photos of President Kagame meeting with Ambassador Adonia Ayebare but no details were given about the meeting.

On his part, Ayebare thanked Kagame for “warmly receiving me at Urugwiro village evening where I delivered a message from Kaguta Museveni.”

Ayebare’s visit comes six days after Uganda’s Minister of Defence Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja’s visit to Burundi as well as a visit to Tanzania on Monday.

Security analysts across the region believe the message President Museveni is sharing with leaders across the region is about the ongoing operations by Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) in the DR Congo against the ADF.

ADF is a terrorist group that has been most active in DR Congo but whose activities have affected the region, including Rwanda where 13 people linked with the group were arrested last October.

Investigations later revealed the group was plotting attacks to revenge the joint Rwanda-Mozambique operations in Cabo Delgado.

This terrorist cell was coordinated by a ADF members based in DR Congo.

The message delivered by Ambassador Ayebare comes close to two months after the start of the UPDF operations.

This delay has raised questions about Uganda’s approach to a threat that would be best solved through regional coordination.

“The ADF problem cuts across the region. This terrorist group has a network that operates in more than four countries. Therefore a sustainable solution can only come from a well-coordinated regional approach, but unfortunately this seems to have been ignored,” said a regional security expert based in Nairobi.

The Rwanda border with Uganda at Gatuna has been closed since February 2019 – which has seen trade between two countries tumble to near zero.

Rwanda says Uganda supports armed groups that are attempting to overthrow the Kigali administration.

Uganda denies this and accuses Kigali of infiltrating the country’s security agencies.

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