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Uganda-Rwanda MoU of Luanda: Here is What Museveni and Kagame Agreed to Do

Presidents Museveni and Kagame shake hands. Courtesy Photo

Details have emerged on the memorandum of understanding (MoU) of Luanda between Uganda and Rwanda as signed by presidents Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame, respectively.

Angola’s president Joao Manuel Lourenco and DRC’s Felix Tshisekedi facilitated the MoU in Luanda, Angola on Wednesday.

Regional leaders in Luanda at the signing of MoU between Rwanda and Uganda. Courtesy Photo
Regional leaders in Luanda at the signing of MoU between Rwanda and Uganda. Courtesy Photo

The agreement followed the July Quadripartite Summit attended by leaders from Uganda, Rwanda, Angola, and DRC in Luanda.

If implemented the MoU is expected to end months of a frosty relationship between the two neighbors.

Tensions between Kigali and Kampala escalated in March when the former closed her border with the latter.

Here is a look at what Kagame and Museveni agreed on:

That each country respects the other’s sovereignty – as well as that of other neighbors.

That each party refrains from actions conducive for destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party and neighboring countries, thereby eliminating all factors that may create such perception as well as that of acts such as the financing, training, and infiltration of destabilizing forces.

To protect and respect the freedoms and rights of the nationals of the other party residing or transiting in their national territories, in accordance with the law of that country.

Resume as soon as possible the cross-border activities between both countries, including movement of persons and goods, for the development and improvement of their populations.

Promote, within the spirit of Pan-Africanism and regional integration, comprehensive cooperation in the fields of politics, security, defense, trade and cultural exchange, investment, based on complementarity and synergies.

Establish an ad hoc commission for the implementation of this memorandum of understanding, headed by ministers of foreign affairs and composed of ministers responsible for internal administration and the heads of intelligence of both countries.

Keep facilitators (presidents Lourenco and Tshisekedi) regularly informed of progress in the implementation of this memorandum of understanding.

The facilitators have recommended dialogue for any issues that may emerge in the implementation of the MoU which took immediate effect.

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