There is no final deal yet between President Museveni and his counterpart Paul Kagame. Not now; at least that was clear by the end of today’s quadripartite summit at Gatuna border’s No Man’s Land.
There is no ambiguity in each country’s demands.
Museveni is desperate for the border opening. Kagame cannot offer anything unless Museveni stops supporting his enemies and incarcerating his people in Uganda.
For the two parties to come to an amicable and fair deal; they made their demands clear and agreed on clear-cut conditions.
And when the conditions are met, relations should normalize and borders reopened within 45 days from today.
Museveni agreed to, within one month; verify Rwanda’s allegations of Uganda’s hostile actions from its territory that included facilitating hostile forces against Rwanda both from Uganda and in Rwanda.
The exercise will take 30 days.
“My sympathies go out to the citizens of Uganda and Rwanda that have been affected by the closure of the Katuna border. I call upon you to be patient as we pursue a lasting solution,” Museveni tweeted after the meeting.
This exercise must be verified and confirmed by the Ad-Hoc ministerial commission for the implementation of the ‘ Memorandum of Understanding of Luanda”.
If Kagame is vindicated, Museveni must take measures to stop it and prevent it from happening again.
They will then meet 15 days after the report together with the facilitators of this whole exercise.
“Once the recommendation is fulfilled and reported to the heads of state, the facilitators will convene within 15 days, a summit at Gatuna/Katuna for the solemn reopening of the boarders and subsequent normalization of the relations between the two countries,” the communiqué said.
Each side will come to shake hands for the normalization of relations, reopening of borders and reviving friendship.
Angolan President, João Lourenço and Congolese counterpart Felix Tshisekedi, have been acting as facilitators of this process.
President Lourenç, who is the lead facilitator, arrived on Thursday evening while the Congolese President arrived on Friday morning and all of them drove to Gatuna. President Museveni also drove to the border.
My sympathies go out to the citizens of Uganda and Rwanda that have been affected by the closure of the Katuna border. I call upon you to be patient as we pursue a lasting solution. I am very optimistic that the truth will come out because the NRM government stands for the truth. pic.twitter.com/940BtM2kTK
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) February 21, 2020
This cover page of the State-owned @newvisionwire is grossly misleading:
➡️ YES, Uganda & Rwanda signed a deal, but it was an Extradition Treaty.
➡️ NO, the border will not "open" in 15 days. It will open only if Uganda takes measures against armed groups in a one-month period. pic.twitter.com/BzDcOYwkoJ
— Amb. Olivier J.P. Nduhungirehe (@onduhungirehe) February 22, 2020