President Yoweri Museveni once against declined to comment on the topical conflict between Uganda and Rwanda, which escalated in March this year, and has since resulted in loss of lives of citizens on both sides of the border.
Museveni maintains a disconcerting silence on the matter, which has been criticized by the leadership in Kigali including his counterpart, President Paul Kagame himself.
Museveni, leading up to the annual national address this afternoon at the Kampala Serena Hotel, was hoped to address the matter by many Ugandans including several members of parliament.
Hon. Elijah Okupa the Kasilo county MP told ChimpReports yesterday that in light of frosty relations with Rwanda, the president must say something.
“We expect the president to speak about security and even matters of foreign affairs. We expect him to say something about Rwanda. You have heard what Kagame has spoken on our relationship” he said.
Museveni however, chose once again to skirt the matter, addressing instead, the East African regional integration in general.
In the address, Museveni noted that despite previous delays, “Africa and East Africa are now on the right trajectory,” adding that “the search for the integration of Africa is a must.”
“All the countries have now agreed on the concept of confederation as a first step towards the Federation. A Constitutional Drafting Committee, comprised of delegates from all the member states, is now working,” he said.
“I was given the pleasant task of championing the cause of the East African Federation, under our current chairman, H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda. That is exactly what I am doing now.”
While Uganda through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says talks to resolve the Rwandan conflict are ongoing, Rwanda insists there hasn’t been ample response from Uganda.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has addressed the matter on a number of occasions, revealed in March that he engaged with President Yoweri Museveni on some of the touchy issues between the two nations; albeit the discussions didn’t produce much fruit.
Kagame insists the bad blood between the two nations can only be resolved through talks and not mediation.
“I do not believe that (mediation). There is no place for that. As I told Yoweri Museveni, everything depends on him,” said Kagame.
Rwanda accuses Uganda of among others, economic sabotage, as well as harboring and supporting dissidents, who are bent to topple Kagame’s regime.