Government of Uganda on Friday sought to distance itself from and sternly condemn what it called malicious propaganda by Rwanda media houses, about Uganda’s alleged connections with a Rwandan rebel outfit named Rwanda National Congress (RNC)
Rwanda has for long accused Uganda of hosting and providing support this rebel group through its agencies such as the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI).
This was one of the claims fronted by Rwanda, leading up to the closure of the Rwandan – Uganda border in Katuna earlier in March this year.
This week on Wednesday, a Rwandan news outlet Virunga Post that’s been uncompromisingly pushing conspiracy theories about the broken ties between Uganda and Rwanda, run yet another piece claiming that the RNC had just elected a leadership committee to be based in Uganda.
These citied a letter from a one Charlese Lwanga that supposedly announced establishment of the RNC “Uganda Province” and election of a 15 member “executive committee” of the rebel outfit.
The committee was purportedly elected during a two-day meeting from 12-13th November 2019 in Kampala “to direct and coordinate the work of RNC in Uganda.”
The paper claimed Uganda’s CMI was part of this election process and that “all the individuals appointed to (the committee) have already been operatives of RNC in Uganda and work closely with CMI to recruit for the terror outfit.”
Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo while responding to these reports expressed Ugandan’s disgust that the heights that Rwandan media have gone to push debunked narratives.
“Uganda reiterates that it doesn’t know, host or deal in any way with such a group (RNC), a fact that has been ably communicated through the appropriate channels to the government of the republic of Rwanda,” Opondo said.
“Uganda doesn’t harbour any intentions or interest of destabilising the government of Rwanda.
During the September Memorandum of Understanding signed with hope to ease tensions between Uganda and Rwanda, both countries committed to refrain from “actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party or neighbouring countries and also eliminate all factors that may create such perception, as well as financing, training, and infiltration of destabilising forces.”
Mr Opondo says Uganda is committed to this agreement and is awaiting Rwanda to do the same.
“Uganda has already proposed and is awaiting response from the Government of Rwanda on the formation of a joint verification committee to follow up on and resolve any outstanding issues.”
He added, “Uganda will not be distracted by any provocative malicious propaganda in the media because it believes that the bilateral and diplomatic channels available will resolve any outstanding misunderstandings.”