Rwanda asks Uganda to fire top spy chiefs
Rwanda asks Museveni to fire top security chiefs in the move to normalize relations. File Photo

Rwanda asks Uganda to fire top security chiefs in the move to normalize relations

Uganda and Rwanda are moving towards finalizing the Extradition Treaty to be signed in the presence of the two country’s presidents that’s Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda at the fourth Quadripartite Summit that will be held in Gatuna/Katuna on February 21/2020.

However, in a meeting consisting of Rwandan, Ugandan and Angolan officials held on Friday 14th/February/2020, in Kigali, Rwandan officials made strange demands, asking President Museveni to fire his top security chiefs before finalizing the deal that will normalize relations and trade between the two countries.

The Kigali meeting was a fulfilment of the Luanda protocol intended to correct strange relations that emerged between the two countries.

It was also to prepare for the upcoming meeting that’s to be held in Katuna/Gatuna border points on Friday to finalize the Extradition Treaty.

An Extradition Treaty is a formal process of one country surrendering an individual to another country for prosecution or punishment for crimes committed to requesting the country’s jurisdiction.

In the meeting, Rwanda was represented by the High Commissioner of Rwanda to Uganda, Gen Frank Mugambage, Director General of External Intelligence in the National Intelligence and Security Services, Col. (rtd) Anaclet Kalibata, Principal Private Secretary to the President Col

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Patrick Karuretwa, Minister Internal Security, Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, Minister for Local Government, Prof Shyaka Anastate, Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye, the State Minister for Regional Corporation, Oliver Nduhugirehe.

While Uganda was represented by Sam Kutesa, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Jeje Odongo, Minister of Internal Affairs, William Byaruhanga, the Attorney General, Joseph Ocwet, Director General of External Security Organization, Oliver Wonekha, High Commissioner of Uganda to Rwanda, Col Paddy Ankunda from the Ministry of Defense and Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Patrick Mugoya.

The meeting was also witnessed by representatives from Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Rwanda asks Uganda to fire top spy chiefs
Rwanda asks Museveni to fire top security chiefs in the move to normalize relations. File Photo

Presenting Rwanda’s demands in the Kigali meeting, Nduhugirehe, said that Uganda must stop actions aimed at destabilizing Rwanda if relations between the two countries are to normalise.

“Refrain from all actions intended to destabilize Rwanda; eliminate all factors that create such perception; withdraw the passport issued by the Ugandan government to RNC’s head of diplomacy, Charlotte Mukankusi and prevent her from travelling to Uganda,” Nduhugirehe said.

“Kigali demands action be taken by Uganda, including disbanding” RNC (Rwanda National Congolese), RUD-Uranan and arrest and extradite all its members to face justice in Rwanda,” the statement added.

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

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The security chiefs Rwanda wants Uganda to fire include; the State Minister for Regional Cooperation, Philemon Mateke, CMI Boss Brigadier Abel Kandiho, Internal Security Organization (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.

Rwanda says Uganda is aiding RNC’s criminal works through these officials. Nduhungirehe, claims these Ugandan officials have been holding meetings with Rwandan rebels in Mbarara, Western Uganda including recruiting fighters in refugee camps.

This demand of firing the above Ugandan officials shocked senior delegates who attended the Kigali meeting, particularly from Angola, saying it was not part of the earlier demands.

Ugandan diplomats who stayed calm promised to address some of the demands requested by Rwanda. The two countries agreed to fulfil six conditions that will end the standoff between the two countries border points and finally reopen the border.

The two countries also jointly agreed and signed a statement to find out the number of each country’s persons detained and give a report in three weeks.

“Both parties committed to further verify the number and the status of nationals of either party detained in each other’s country and to report back through a Note Verbal in a three-weeks’ time,” a statement signed by Kutesa and Nduhungirehe stated.

They as well agreed to respect and protect each other’s nationals and stop human rights violations.