SFC deploys at Katuna as Museveni, Kagame meet

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Special Forces Command [SFC], the elite unit that guards the president, has already secured Katuna/Gatuna border for President Museveni’s meeting with his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame.

According to Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, police has with immediate effect blocked access to the town council from Kyonyo in Kamuganguzi Sub County and Ryakarimira in Ryakarimira town council.

Maate says that no vehicle is allowed to access Katuna town council without security clearance.

According to Darius Nandinda, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, during a meeting with the Minister for Works and Transport, Gen Katumba Wamala, on Tuesday they also agreed that the road users be informed to use borders at Mirama hills in Ntungamo or Cyanika in Kisoro District, respectively.

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Passenger vehicles and private cars entering Rwanda from Uganda are using Ugandan borders at Mirima hills and Cyanika to avoid interrupting the ongoing preparations of the heads of state meeting.

The heads of state meeting is scheduled to take place in the no-man’s land between Uganda and Rwanda.

Nandinda said the Uganda National Roads Authority engineers that were grading the no-man’s land have already handed over the venue to the security team.

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According to media reports, during the Friday meeting, the Rwandan team demanded that President Museveni fires his top security chiefs, including Brig Abel Kandiho and Col Kaka Bagyenda, as part of the conditions for normalising relations between the two countries.

While presenting the demands during a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, last week, the Rwandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation, Olivier Nduhungirehe, while reading a statement, said Uganda must “refrain from all actions intended to destabilize Rwanda; eliminate all factors that create such perception; withdraw the passport issued by Ugandan government to RNC’s head of diplomacy, Charlotte Mukankusi and prevent her from traveling to Uganda.”

“Kigali demands action be taken by Uganda, including disbanding” RNC (Rwanda National Congress), RUD-Uranana and arrest and extradite all its members to face justice in Rwanda,” he said.

RNC is led by exiled former Rwandan army chief, Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa while RUD-Urunana is a splinter group of FDLR, a militia whose leadership is accused of committing the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Nduhungirehe also demanded that Uganda fires State Minister for Regional Cooperation Philemon Mateke, CMI boss Brigadier Abel Kandiho, Internal Security Organisation (ISO) boss Col Kaka Bagyenda, 2nd Division Deputy Commander Brig Fred Karara, CMI Deputy Director in charge of Counter Terrorism Col Charles Asiimwe and Maj Fred Mushambo, whom he said are facilitating the work of RNC.

He claimed that the above mentioned Ugandan officials have been holding meetings with Rwandan rebels in Mbarara, western Uganda and recruiting fighters in refugee camps.

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