President Museveni and Kagame sign
President Museveni, Kagame signs a memorandum of understanding to the end the border standoff. Photo/Agency

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda signs Memorandum of understanding of Luanda to end border standoff

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding to end the fights that have been going on between Uganda and Rwanda, affecting business transactions arising from closed border points under Rwanda government directives.

In the Wednesday deal termed as Memorandum of understanding of Luanda, the two presidents agreed with ending the standoff at the two border points and resume business.

The summit happened in Angola’s capital Luanda chaired by Angolan President Joao Lourenco also in attendance by president Felix Tshisekedi, and Denis Sassou Nguesso of DR Congo.

After the signing the agreement, President Museveni said that the deal was particularly to improve political, trade, security and economic relations of both Uganda and Rwanda.

“Together with president Paul Kagame, we signed an agreement to improve the political and economic relations between our countries,” President Museveni said. “We have agreed on a raft of issues that will be implemented between our two countries, largely meant to improve our security, trade and political relations. Uganda is fully committed to enforcing this agreement.”

In the same way, Museveni’s counterpart Kagame said that the Memorandum of Understanding signed will help solve every issue that has been troubling the two countries.

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And also said that he did not anticipate any problem in working more so with president Museveni to address what they have agreed to correct. 

“We had the opportunity to broadly and extensively discuss many issues as we understand them that underlined this problem, hence the Memorandum of Understanding we have reached today which stipulates the path to follow as we continue to try to resolve this problem,” President Kagame said.

While president Lourenco of Angola hailed the deal saying it clearly shows the willingness by the two presidents to overcome the conflict.

This agreement has now brought to an end the tension that has been prevailing for months at these two countries border points, arising from accusations of counterintelligence, meddling, political assassination, illegal detention by the two heads of governments against each other.

President Museveni and President Kagame were once great allies but this relationship was damaged after these allegations came out affecting the two countries traders as well.

After the two border points, Gatuna-Katuna suffered closure on February 27 2019, by the Rwandan government blocking traders from transacting business between the two countries.