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Museveni Dispatches Amb Adonia Ayebare to Meet Kagame

President Museveni has appointed Uganda’s Permanent Representative to United Nations, Amb Adonia Ayebare as his special envoy to Rwanda.

The move comes against heightened security tensions between the two neighbours.

Both Rwanda and Uganda maintain heavily-armed military forces along their borders, raising prospects of a possible armed confrontation.

The Rwandan presidency said in a Tweet on Sunday night that Adonia met with Kagame in Kigali.

“This evening at Urugwiro Village, President Kagame held a positive meeting with Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, President Museveni’s Special Envoy, who traveled to Kigali with a message regarding the two countries’ relationship,” the Rwandan presidency announced.

Adonia, who lives in New York, previously served as Uganda’s Ambassador to Rwanda.

The 56-year-old journalist-turned-diplomat was replaced by Amb Richard Kabonero who served in that position for over a decade.

ChimpReports was unable to secure a comment from Adonia on East Monday morning.

But the tone of the Tweet raised hope of amicably settling the two countries’ disputes.

Today’s meeting at Urugwiro will fuel speculation that Adonia was quietly talking to Kagame on the president’s instructions.

Kampala accuses Kigali of slapping a trade embargo on Uganda; aggressive espionage; closing the Gatuna border; uprooting prominent Ugandans from the Rwandan economy and orchestrating a hate campaign against Uganda and its officials.

On its part, Kigali accuses Uganda of supporting Rwandan rebels; arrest and harassment of Rwandan nationals and economic sabotage.

Adonia’s trip comes just weeks after both countries’ representatives met in Kampala to find a solution to their differences.

The Kampala meeting did not bear fruit with both parties resolving to conduct further consultations with their heads-of-state.

The Rwandan government has since waged a social media campaign targeting Uganda’s military intelligence chief Brig Abel Kandiho. Rwandan media outlets accuse him of helping dissidents to destabilize Kagame’s government, a claim Kampala denies.

Interestingly, Kandiho is a brother of Adonia Ayebare.

In a tweet today, Adonia responded to the Rwandan presidency: “Thank you @PaulKagame for warmly receiving me at Urugwiro village this evening where I delivered a message from @KagutaMuseveni.”

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Adonia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, obtained in 1993, from Makerere University.

He has two Master of Arts degrees, one from Long Island University and the other from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His two doctoral degrees were obtained from Indiana University and Rutgers University in the United States.

Career

From 1996 until 1998, Adonia worked as a staff reporter at the East African Business Week, based in Kampala.

Between 1998 and 2000, he served as an information officer with the Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN).

His diplomatic career began in 2001 when he was appointed as Uganda’s Principal Adviser and Special Envoy to the Burundi peace process, serving in that capacity until 2008. Between 2002 and 2005, he served as Uganda’s Ambassador and Head of Mission to Rwanda and Burundi.

In 2005, he was transferred to Uganda’s mission at the United Nations, based in New York, serving as Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d’affaires, until 2008.

In 2009, he was appointed as Director of the Africa Program at the “International Peace Institute”, a think tank, based in New York, serving there until 2011. From 2010 until 2012, he went back to serve as Deputy Head of Uganda’s mission to the UN, based in New York City.

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