Taarifa Rwanda

Did Kagame And Museveni Talk About Broken Ties?

Presidents Paul Kagame and Kaguta Museveni were sighted engaged in a seemingly hurried but deep discussion – the first since the two leaders fell out over unresolved demands.

As opposed to previous instances, when the two leaders met under a mediated closed door engagement, this time the inauguration venue of Cyril Ramaphosa  in south Africa has been the preferred spot.

This meeting was unmediated- an arrangement we can not confirm if the two leaders were involved setting up.

Kagame was seen gesturing with his left arm, saying something, while Museveni looked at ease and all ears wide open as his left hand pivoted on his elbow carefully listening.

These leaders, who have gifted each other with cattle and visited each other at their private homes, are known to once in a while disagree on principle but only themselves to fix issues between them, even when it seems impossible on the outside.

It may not be possible to quickly understand the details of what these two leaders have whispered to each other about, but Pesident Kagame has always insisted that Uganda is facilitating enemies of Rwanda whose intentions aim at overthrowing his government.

Museveni has denied everything, despite incriminating evidence available.

Most recent revelations by rebel leader Sankara, who is currently undergoing trial in Rwanda has exposed his direct contact and links with Uganda and Burundi.

Before this encounter in Pretoria today, the two leaders had met months back at State House in Entebbe, Uganda and both agreed there was a communication problem between their intelligence agencies.

However, Uganda continued to arbitrary arrest, torture and detain Rwandans and denying them access to consular services. Rwanda later advised its citizens against travelling to northern neighbour.

Rwanda had temporarily closed its Gatuna One Stop Border Post, pending repair of the facility.

The government of Rwanda also announced that the border may get opened again after construction works are completed in May.

Museveni and Kagame are attending Cyril Ramaphosa’s ceremony where he took oath of office as the President of the Republic of South Africa at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

Both sitting and former heads of state from the African continent were among about 30,000 people who witnessed the ceremony.

Ramaphosa was unanimously elected by Parliament after the African National Congress won the elections on 8 May.

“I, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, swear that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa and will obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all laws of the Republic.”

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