RPF Internal Conflicts caused Katuna Border closure – Museveni

President Museveni speaks to citizens at Katuna border after the Quadripartite Summit (PPU PHOTO)
By :
Baluku Geoffrey

KATUNA — President Yoweri Museveni has expressed sympathy to the citizens of Uganda and Rwanda that have been affected by the closure of the Katuna/Gatuna border and called for patience, saying a lasting solution is being sought to solve the problem.

Speaking to hundreds of Ugandans who gathered at the Katuna border post waiting for the outcome of the summit, President Museveni, who met and held talks with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame explained to Ugandan locals that the tension and eventual closure emanated from internal conflicts in Rwanda especially within the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) ranks.

According to Lindah Nabusayi, the press secretary to the president, Museveni is quoted to have said that; when some members of RPF disagreed with the Rwanda government, majority took refuge in South Africa.

“He [Museveni] said that the closure emanated from the internal conflicts in Rwanda especially within the RPF ranks when some members of RPF disagreed with the Rwanda government and majority took refuge in South Africa.”

Africa Tembelea has learnt that Kagame blames Uganda and South Africa for the instability in East Africa, where rebel activities are linked to his political foes exiled in Pretoria, who he says to come to the Great Lakes region via Uganda to recruit rebels, allegedly with the support of President Museveni’s government.

The Rwandan president claims that he repeatedly raised the matter with Uganda until he felt that Kampala had not shown a keen interest in patching things up, hence choosing to close the border that heightened the tensions between the two East African neighbours.

However, the Uganda president said that that Rwandese fugitives arrested by Uganda were handed back to Rwanda and that his government was not aware of the presence of such other people on Ugandan territory.

In the case of Rwandan citizens arrested in Uganda for cases such as espionage and kidnap of people on the Ugandan soil, Museveni has instructed for their pardon and immediate release. However, he said those arrested for crimes such as murder and rape will have to face trial in accordance with the Ugandan laws.

He expressed optimism that with the independent facilitators from Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the truth will come out because the NRM government stands for the truth.

The 4th quadripartite by the heads of states of Uganda, Rwanda, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo ended this afternoon with Uganda and Rwanda signing an extradition treaty in line with 3rd quadripartite summit held in Luanda Angola.

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