Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Friday hailed his Uganda counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni’s contribution to Rwanda’s struggle for freedom.
According to a statement issued on Saturday by Ms Sarah Kagingo, President Museveni’s Special Assistant for Communications, the Rwandan leader revealed this as the country celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the country’s National Liberation day on July 4.
The National Liberation Day celebrations were held at Amahoro Stadium in the Rwandan capital Kigali. It marks Rwandan Patriotic Front’s defeat of government forces which effectively ended the 1994 genocide,
“Your Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, thank you very much for being with us today. President Museveni is not a stranger to liberations and to Rwanda’s liberation in particular,” – President Paul Kagame said.
Earlier, there was excitement at the Stadium when Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louis Mushikiwabo recognized President Museveni’s attendance to a thunderous applause by the sea of humanity that filled the stadium.
President Kagame’s praise for his Ugandan counterpart was re-echoed by the latter’s Special Assistant for Communications.
Ms Sarah Kagingo described president Museveni as a leader who has earned respect in the region as a Senior Statesman renowned for his Pan-African stand, support to freedom struggle in Africa and contribution to regional peace and security at an occasion described by Rwanda’s Foreign affairs Minister as “an end to a period of mourning to embrace life.”
Kagingo further states that Uganda has carried out peace-keeping missions in Western Africa’s Liberia, contributed the biggest contingent to AMISOM toward restoration of peace and security in Somalia, intervened to stop the collapse of Juba lowering expected death rates arising out of conflict in Africa’s newest state South Sudan.
“Uganda commendably secured critical installations and infrastructure in South Sudan like the airport that was used by several states to evacuate their nationals at the height of the bloody conflict in the country.” she added.
Other Heads of State in attendance included Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya who doubles as the chairman of the East African Community, Saliva Kiir of South Sudan, Burundi’s Vice President Mbazo Mbazo and Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom.