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Uganda-Rwanda Talks Hit Snag as Kigali Calls Off Second Meeting in Kampala

The second meeting between Ugandan and Rwandan officials which is part of the ongoing peace negotiations between the two countries has been postponed, again.

The meeting, which was supposed to take place on November 18th has been pushed to date yet to be announced.

Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo made the announcement this afternoon.

“The media is hereby informed that the Second meeting of the Adhoc Commission on Luanda MoU between Uganda and Rwanda scheduled for November 18, 2019 in Kampala has been postponed at the request of Rwanda. A new date will be communicated,” Opondo announced.

Opondo didn’t reveal in the statement wheather Rwanda gave any reasons for the postponement.

This is the second time this meeting has been rescheduled. It was initially planned for October 13th as a follow up on the first meeting in Kigali which happened a month earlier in September.

Ugandan foreign affairs Minister Sam Kutesa explained that the Kampala meeting failed to take place because Angolan President João Lourenço, who is a key guarantor was pre-occupied with official duties.

“We were due to hold another meeting on the 13th here but our friends from Angola and DRC, who would want to be present at all these meetings because they were facilitators, couldn’t make it. Angola was unable to attend on 13th because of prior commitments. So we have pushed the meeting to 18th of this month”, the minister said.

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The second postponement however, follows a major blow that hit the negotiation process late last week, when Rwandan armed forces shot and killed two Ugandan nationals accusing them of smuggling.

The two Ugandan businessmen, Job Ebindishanga, 32 and Bosco Tuheirwewere were gunned down in Tabagwe Sector, Nyagatare District on Sunday morning.

The Ugandan government through the Foreign Affairs Minister sternly condemned the incident, terming it as criminal.

Rwanda however, showed no remorse claiming in a police statement that the two victims where violent to the armed officers.

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