‘Estranged’ neighbours President Yoweri Museveni and Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame will meet in Angola capital, Luanda on Friday where they will discuss political and security tensions in the Great Lakes region.
The duo was invited to Angola by President Joao Lorenco for a one-day event dubbed ‘Quadripartite Summit’. President Museveni has already left the country for the same.
According to the Foreign Affairs department of Angola, security and regional matters will take centre stage at the summit.
“President João Lourenço has invited for a Quadripartite Summit this Friday (12/07/2019), in Luanda, the Presidents of the DRC, Félix Tshisekedi; of Rwanda, Paul Kagame and of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni. Security and regional matters will be at the centre of the Summit,” the ministry of foreign affairs mentioned in a tweet.
The meeting comes with a background of frosty relationship between Kigali and the Kampala governments, with the latter being accused of harbouring spies aimed at disrupting Rwanda peace.
In May this year, two Rwandan nationals suspected to be from RDF and one Ugandan were arrested in Kabale district after suspecting that the three were spying on Uganda.
Also invited, is the DRC president Felix Tshilombo Tshishekedi whose country by default is part of the Great Lakes Region Community.
DRC is viewed as a pivot in the regions security issues, as it reportedly harbors ADF rebels tha threaten the peace and security of both Rwanda and Uganda.
In a recent meeting between Tshisekedi and President Museveni, the Congo President vowed to crush all militants based in his country, while his Uganda counterpart pledged to work towards the peace and prosperity of both states.
Meanwhile, Angola, Rwanda and DRC presidents will be meeting for a second time, with Museveni joining the party finally.
The trio (Rwanda, Angola, DRC) met in Kinshasha last month where they agreed to form a coalition.
Absence of Burundi
However, despite being a member of the community, Burundi’s Nkurunziza has not been invited to the summit. Neither the government of Angola, nor Burundi’s have elaborated the wisdom behind Burundi’s absence from the event.