Uganda and neighbouring Rwanda have agreed to end all forms of hostilities and hostile propaganda between both countries.
On Monday 16, September, Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa led a Ugandan delegation to Rwanda to discuss the implementation of the Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) that was signed last month between heads of state, President Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame in Angola’s capital, Luanda.
The two presidents agreed to establish an Ad Hoc Commission that will discuss the implementation of the MoU and the first meeting was held in Kigali.
Uganda seeks full implementation of the MoU
The Ugandan delegation led by Sam Kutesa sought for full implementation of the MoU saying that hostilities between the two countries especially around the boarder and its closure affected trade and separated families because the two countries have a long history of cultural ties with millions of Rwandans settling in Uganda where they are recognised as citizens by the Constitution of 1995.
The Rwandan delegation on the other end demanded that Uganda releases their citizens that are detained in Ugandan prisons if found without criminal conduct.
The two delegates will hold another meeting in Kampala after 30 days to review the implementations of the Luanda MoU.
Both countries agreed that due process will be followed while dealing with each other’s citizens.
Both countries reiterated their commitment to refraining from any acts of destabilisation against each other.
Both countries agreed to finalise the extradition treaty in order to provide a framework for the future exchange of criminal fugitives.
Both countries agreed to cease all forms of hostile propaganda in both mainstream and social media.
Both countries agreed that the issue of free movement of persons and goods and services across the common border and other outstanding issues shall be discussed in the next meeting.