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I Am In Touch With Kagame Over Resolving Border Dispute, Says Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has said he is currently engaged in talks with his Rwanda counterpart Paul Kagame with the aim of resolving the dispute over border closure.

Addressing journalists at Kabale State Lodge, Kabale Municipality on Tuesday, the President, who is on a tour of Kigezi sub-region, said the outcome of the talks will soon be made.

“Recently we met the Rwandan leader in Angola and we discussed about the border issue. Leave it to us. Talks shall continue until the matter is completely resolved. It does not make sense to keep talking on radios but what is important is to ensure that the border issue is resolved,” Mr Museveni said.

“[The issue] took me to Angola to meet President [Paul] Kagame [Rwanda’s president] and other leaders and I will not reveal what we discussed,” he added.

In February, Rwanda closed Gatuna border post for cargo trucks. But the border remained open for all other small cars and buses. They, however, restricted Rwandans from entering Uganda after claiming that Uganda was a hostile country.

A brief from the July 13 Angola meeting said that Mr Museveni and Mr Kagame of Rwanda agreed to continue dialoguing in a bid to find a lasting solution to whatever differences exist between their countries.

The two presidents were part of a quadripartite summit attended by host President, Joao Manuel Lourenco and DR Congo leader Felix Tshisekedi.

In a brief opening address before the leaders went into a closed-door session, President Lourenco said the summit was a follow-up to a tripartite one held on May 31 in Kinshasa, among DR Congo, Rwanda and Angola.

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“That summit was about security issues particularly on the borders of the three countries. We then agreed that another meeting be held in Luanda, Angola and also agreed to invite President Museveni to join the summit,” said Lourenco.

He added that whereas the original agenda was to discuss the security issues on the borders of the three countries, it had been expanded to include relations between Uganda and Rwanda.

“Recently we met the Rwandan leader in Angola and we discussed about the border issue. Leave it to us. Talks shall continue until the matter is completely resolved. It does not make sense to keep talking on radios but what is important is to ensure that the border issue is resolved,” Mr Museveni said. “[The issue] took me to Angola to meet President [Paul] Kagame [Rwanda’s president] and other leaders and I will not reveal what we discussed.”

In Kabale, Mr Museveni asked residents of Kigezi to use wetlands sustainably because God created them for a purpose and turning wetlands into gardens defies his plan.

Mr Museveni promised to compensate people whose land was taken over by government on Kihumuro Hill in Kabale District, where a UPDF barracks has been established.

He promised to deploy marine personnel on Lake Bunyonyi to prevent people from drowning in the lake.

 

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