By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: Today, Thursday 23rd June 2022, the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has arrived in Rwanda for the Common Wealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which is taking place in Kigali.
He was received at the Gatuna One Stop Border Post by the Minister of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda Eng. Ernest Nsabimana, Uganda’s High Commissioner to Rwanda H.E Maj. Gen (Rtd) Robert Rusoke, Governor of Northern Province Mr. Danielle Nyirarujero, Mayor of Gicumbi Mr. Emmanuel Nzabonimpa, Deputy Head of Mission Ms. Anne Katusiime, Defence Attaché at the High Commission of the Republic of Uganda in Rwanda Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Burundi Nyamunywanisa and Col.Deo Rusanganwa, Brigade Commander 501.
Museveni travelled to Kigali, Rwanda for the first time in five years travelling by road and was awarded a heroic welcome as he crossed to Rwanda through the Katuna (Gatuna) border which was closed for years until early this year. Rwandans lined the streets to welcome Museveni.
“I have arrived in Kigali, Rwanda for the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). I thank the people of Rwanda for the warm welcome. Murakoze Cyane!” said Museveni.
In the past three years, Uganda and Rwanda fell out after countries and their leaders accused each other of plotting to destabilize either nation.
Kigali accused Kampala of harassing, arresting and detaining Rwandan nationals over accusations that they were spies sent by President Paul Kagame.
Museveni also accused Kigali of mistreating Ugandans staying in Rwanda with deportations on either side. There were even reports of Kigali spying on top government and military officials.
The accusations later led to the closure of the Katuna (Gatuna) border point with no business and this was worsened by the outbreak of Covid-19 which led to restrictions in cross-border movement.
However, recently the first son who also doubles as the commander of land forces Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba represented his father to initiate peace talks to restore the broken relations between the two countries.
Following his meetings with President Kagame in Rwanda, Kigali reopened the Gatuna (Katuna) border point after almost three years of closure.
Kagame also recently visited Uganda for the first time in about four years to attend Muhoozi’s birthday dinner at State House Entebbe.