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Meeting Or No Meeting, Rwanda is Ok With Uganda’s Choice – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said his government will be fine with Uganda if they decide not to have any meeting with Kigali to resolve the existing problems.

Officials of both governments held a meeting in Kigali recently and it was agreed that a return meeting would be held in Uganda’s capital Kampala 30 days after specifically on October 16th.

These meeting are part of implementation of the Angola Friendship agreement the two countries signed under the mediation of Angola.

“When 16th October came, the meeting didn’t take place. Maybe am not fully knowledgeable about why it didn’t happen,” President Kagame said while meeting both local and International media at his office.

Kagame explained that the official communiqué about the 16th October meeting suggesting a shift to 13th November did not reach us until we read it in papers and received it later. I don’t know why.

“It is approaching the 13th of November we have already got another indication that it may not take place on the 13th but has been shifted to 18th. Whichever dates we are ok. If they also come up saying we don’t need any meeting we are also ok.”

Even when these meetings happen, there is need to critically look at the origin of the existing problem between the two countries.

Kagame says the origin of this problem is having people whom we have seen on trial with the Judiciary, who have been fomenting trouble in neighboring countries and having connections with otherwise brotherly neighbor.

Rwandans have for a long time been arrested and released repeatedly. They tell their stories of how they have been in Ugandan detention centres. Their arrest is consistent. Uganda says they are illegally in the country, arrested because they are spies meaning that Rwanda is interested in knowing things in Uganda. That the spying is one-way. I don’t know of where there is no one-way espionage.

“If you have people who you think are there illegally or have committed crimes or spying, do you arrest people and pile them in their hundreds and you don’t charge any in the courts of law? If you can’t do that then it tells another story”

“You are arresting Rwandans and the reasons you are giving don’t add up,”Kagame took a swipe at Uganda’s actions.

“If you have people who you think are there illegally or have committed crimes or spying, do you arrest people and pile them in their hundreds and you don’t charge any in the courts of law? If you can’t do that then it tells another story”

“You are arresting Rwandans and the reasons you are giving don’t add up,” Kagame took a swipe at Uganda’s actions.

The President tried to simplify the real cause of Uganda and Rwanda fall out. In simple terms, Uganda has been babysitting Rwandan elements working hard to destabilize Rwanda but surprisingly all this information about Uganda’s dealings leaks to Kigali.

Uganda then gets concerned about how exactly Kigali gets access to all these details of how for example Uganda and RNC and FDLR are working together.

“How does Rwanda get information that we are operating here then they started thinking its Rwandans,” Kagame explained that this is what results in the massive arrest of Rwandans because of suspicion and belief that any Rwandan in Uganda could be potential spy.

He said that for the Rwandans who refuse to be recruited are then accused of working with government of Rwanda. We decided that no Rwandan will travel there.

“There is little we can do about it if you get arrested in Uganda and Uganda tells us these people go there to do wrong things. Just don’t go there. But we have told Ugandans to come to Rwanda,” President Kagame explained.

After the Kigali meeting, Kagame said the Ugandans released 30 Rwandans but not officially. They released them in the middle of the night and dumped them at the border but they again arrest new others.

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