Rwanda gives Uganda fresh demands

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Rwanda has issued fresh demands to Uganda which it expects to be fulfilled before the two countries can settle their differences.

This was during the 3rd meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission for implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Uganda and Rwanda held on Friday in the capital Kigali.

Amb Olivier Nduhungirehe, the Minister of State for EAC Affairs, demanded that Kampala unconditionally releases Rwandan nationals detained in Uganda and hold to account facilitators of anti-Rwanda groups operating in Uganda and refraining from actions meant to destabilise Rwanda.

“We have been following comments by wanainchi (citizens) from both countries, who are increasingly expressing fatigue over this self-inflicted injury in the East African Community,” he said.

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He added: “They are just demanding security on the common border, the end of destabilizing activities by armed and terrorist groups, and the free movement of people, goods and services in peace and security.”

Since the last meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission in December 2019, the minister said there has been some progress.

Rwanda and Uganda leaders are expected to meet at the Gatuna-Katuna border crossing on February 22.

Rwanda demands

First, Kigali demands that Kampala disband the Rwanda National Congress and RUD-Urunana networks in Uganda, and to arrest and extradite all its members so that they can face justice in Rwanda.

Secondly, Kampala should refrain from all actions meant to destabilize Rwanda and eliminating all factors that may create such perception.

Third is for Kampala to withdraw Ugandan Passport N° A000199979 that was issued by the Ugandan Government to Charlotte Mukankusi, Commissioner in charge of Diplomacy in the RNC terrorist organization.

Fourth is to hold accountable facilitators of RNC and RUD-Urunana networks, including Minister of State Philemon Mateke, Brig Gen Abel Kandiho, Brig Gen Fred Karara, Col CK Asiimwe, Maj Fred Mushambo, Col Kaka Bagyenda and other government officials involved in the same activities.

Fifth is the repatriation of the body of Emmanuel Mage for a decent burial in Rwanda and to provide explanations about the circumstances surrounding his death.

Sixth is, to allow Julienne Kayirere to be reunited with her child Joana Imanirakiza, who was abducted in Uganda after separating Kayirere from her one-month baby, when she was arrested on 29th November 2018 in Mubende District.

Seven; to unconditionally release all Rwandan citizens illegally detained in Uganda.

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