The current stand-off between Uganda and her neighbour Rwanda could easily degenerate into war, journalist Andrew M. Mwenda has warned.
Mwenda, the publisher of the Ugandan political magazine, the Independent says in his latest column that calls to have the stand-off resolved through dialogue looks to hit a dead end, as President Museveni the principal actor on the Ugandan side looks completely uninterested.
“I think Uganda and Rwanda will most likely degenerate into war; something I have shared with friends since October last year and this is the reason it is critical that I share my views,” Mr Mwenda wrote.
“The problems between Uganda and Rwanda can easily be solved if Museveni upheld his core ideological position i.e. that regional integration is critical for Africas future, and that the differences between our countries are smaller compared to the strategic need for and benefits of cooperation,” he added.
Rwanda over 10 days ago closed its border with Uganda at Katuna, accusing Kampala of hosting rebels seeking to destabilize Kigali and arresting Rwandan national. It also advised its citizens to avoid travelling to Uganda, arguing that they are not safe.
Ugandas Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Sam Kutesa dismissed these allegations.
But Rwanda president Paul Kagame speaking at the weekend revealed his frustration in his perceived failure by the stakeholders to engage and find a solution to the conflict. While Mr Museveni is yet to speak about the matter, Mr Kagame, while addressing a high-level meeting of the cabinet, immigration, police and military representatives in Kigali, re-echoed the concerns raised by his minister Richard Sezibera last week and accused Uganda of hostility. Mr Kagame reported that he met Mr Museveni recently at the African Union Heads of State Summit in Ethiopia and raised to him the issues of Uganda hosting dissidents seeking to destabilize Rwanda but that the Ugandan leader has chosen to ignore them.
” I told Museveni that theres a Rwandese businessman called Rujugiro who is giving money to those interested in creating problems for Rwanda among them Nyamwasa, ( do you know people remember him) but he denied knowing him. I put it to him with evidence that he knows him until he accepted and told me that we Rwandese have failed to get a difference between politics and business. My response to Museveni was Thank you sir.”
Mr Mwenda says that because Kigali has failed to get due audience with Kampala, the matter looks headed one way war.
“Kigali has always wanted and actively sought to discuss these matters with Kampala. It has been met with stone silence,” Mr Mwenda wrote.
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