THE TRUTH! Secrets why Gen M7, Kagame met

President Kagame chats with Gen Museveni and First Lady Janet at State House,Entebbe on SUN. March 24

BY VENENSCIAS KIIZA

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame have agreed to push for joint regional peace and stability by addressing the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the East African Community Block. The two leaders on SUN.24th March held a bilateral meeting over a range of issues at State House Entebbe. President Kagame was in Uganda on a private visit at the invitation of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.  President Kaguta Museveni and the First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni invited President Kagame to a dinner to honour their son who is also the Commander Land Forces Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba who was celebrating his 48th birthday. On Arrival at State House Entebbe, President Paul Kagame was received by President Museveni, First Lady Janet Museveni and the First Son who is also the Commander Land Forces Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba. President Museveni welcomed President Kagame to Uganda. He said that the problems affecting the region like the crisis in Congo needs collective approach from all regional members. “This time we must insist on working together because these people have suffered a lot. I told President Kenyatta that if we don’t come in as a region, Congo may become like Sudan,” President Museveni said. President Paul Kagame said that the Congolese problem should not be a responsibility for others and said that leaders and all parties must talk to solve the crisis once and for all. “They need to talk without leaving anyone behind,” President Kagame said. President Museveni also updated President Kagame on the talks that were held in Nairobi, Kenya between the Government of Congo and the M23 rebels in the recent clashes. Later, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni together with the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni hosted President Paul Kagame to a dinner in honour of Lt. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

THE TRUTH

Uganda and Rwanda relations has been at its lowest point for the last four to five years, at least publically. President Kagame, last visited Uganda in March 2018. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba is credited for his role in restoring the Uganda – Rwanda relations.

Analysts who have been following Geopolitical politics in the Great Lakes region intimated to this publication that ‘there’s more to this than meets the eye’. Pundits now opine that this was a tactical maneuver to ease tensions between Uganda and Rwanda. Gen Museveni, according to pundits, is aware that the best way to win a war is not to start one, or sometimes you have to lose the battle to win the war. Matthew 5:9 quotes Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” The word peacemakers does not imply pacifism, unlike later sections of the sermon. It does not refer to those who do not fight, but those who actively bring conflict to an end. This is what Gen Museveni and son Muhoozi did exactly.

President Kagame confirmed this in his address. Kagame revealed that Muhoozi went through a number of friends to get access to him.

“Muhoozi went through friends, got my telephone number, sent me a message and we talked. I accepted. He then asked, “Can I visit you, I said come,” Kagame revealed during the State dinner to celebrate Muhoozi’s 48th birthday.

The Rwandan President said when he received Muhoozi in Rwanda he knew instinctively that the message he was carrying was not his.

“I was absolutely aware and convinced that even in my strongest belief in Muhoozi, the President of Uganda (his father) definitely must have been behind the message. I was not under any illusion that he was operating on his own,” he said. The Rwandan president said at the birthday dinner that Uganda and Rwanda are deeply connected and that even when the relations took a hit, he was sure that it was just temporary.

“If bringing Uganda and Rwanda together needed you (Muhoozi) to be in the midst of it, then thanks be to God. We are having difficulties between our countries but I was always convinced these were going to be temporary. The ties that bind us are deep,” Kagame stressed.

WIDER PICTURE

According to pundits, by sending Gen Muhoozi to talk to President Kagame, Gen Museveni was giving diplomacy a chance—and going by the current events, he deserves credit.

Analysts further opine that Gen Museveni also did this in the spirit of East African integration and Pan Africanism. Having also amassed vast experience in statecraft, Gen Museveni is aware that having a hostile neighbor is very dangerous—common sense dictates that you don’t know the time when you will need them and any sensible leader must realize that.

Truth be told, geopolitical analysts this newspaper talked to said they see no reason why Uganda and this neighboring country should be conflicting yet they share a lot in common. These are wondering why either country should be using force in dealing with citizens of another. For instance, they opine that it was unnecessary for security to handle the Vice Chancellor of Victoria University Dr Lawrence Muganga the way they did last year in September yet a simple sermon to police would have eased the matter.

Political observers are also wondering why security bombed the RED PEPPER Newspaper to Stone Age (total destruction by arrest and incarceration of its editors and directors in 2017) when the publication reported about a possible conflict between Uganda and this neighboring country.

“The RED PEPPER was reporting about this conflict, it was there and now it is being resolved! Why then did it pay the ultimate price?

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