MUSEVENI AND KAGAME SIGN LUANDA PACT - Naava Nabagesera

President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame have put pen to paper and signed a pact to improve their political and economic relations.

In the Angolan capital Luanda, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and himself signed a memorandum of understanding meant to resolve tensions existing between the two countries. President Museveni also commended his host and Congolese neighbour for spear heading the talks. “I thank President Lourenco and Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo for coming in so that we share the information we had and ensuring that we have a communiqué with Rwanda,” he said.

He further noted that he was already in touch with President Paul Kagame to seek a resolution to the issues between the two countries before Presidents Lourenco and Tshisekedi invited them to the summit.

“I was already in touch with President Kagame through our own channels but this came as a reinforcement. We are just re-affirming what we have always held as principles of the African Union,” he said during a media briefing at the plush gardens of the Presidential Palace in Luanda.

In the agreement, the Ugandan and Rwandan leaders agreed to respect each other’s sovereignty and of neighbouring countries. They also committed to refrain from actions that might lead to to destabilization in the region and also eliminate all factors that may create such destabilising forces.

The leaders commited to protect the rights and freedoms of the nationals of the other party residing or transiting in their national territories, in accordance with laws of their countries and resume cross-border activities, including movement of persons and goods.

In the spirit of Pan-Africanism and regional cooperation, the two leaders agreed to comprehensively cooperate in politics, security, defense, trade, and culture.

Host President Lourenco congratulated Presidents Museveni and Kagame for making the signing of the agreement possible.

“The signing alone cannot replace the problem,” he said. “The solution resides in the political will of the leaders to take full commitment to respect what they have signed and we are very certain they will do that.”