The ones who has followed the politics of the Great Lakes Region and East African Community knows that these Heads of States has butt heads. This being Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Ugandan President Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni. They have bought fought together, battled enemies, settled scores and in the end turned into enemies.
What is striking is that they both needed each other. Kagame was useful for the National Resistance Army and early years of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). Before he went into a second war and became the President in Rwanda. Museveni needed the services of Kagame and they trusted each other. It served a purpose for Kampala and the new leadership there.
When Kagame took power with the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) things changed a bit, but they we’re still close. These Heads of State could even connive and conduct new military enterprise into another country. Just to topple the second head of state. They went into Zaire and they together brought down two President’s. Was main architects of two huge wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Where they both looted the Republic and have ever since held military presence there.
Kagame and Museveni fell out of love for each when the greed for resources and power in the DRC happened. The Presidents wasn’t in clear accord of how the military enterprise and looting was supposed to happen. Which was a start of souring their relations.
Since then the levels of distrust and dishonesty has grown. They have both used each others state authorities, security agencies and spies to get ahead. These gentlemen have used shadow wars and conspicuous games to outplay each other. This being interference within the ranks of each others government. While they have sponsored militias and other organizations to undermine each too.
The states has also targeted civilians, deported them, tortured them and even extra judicially killed. That’s why some citizens has ended up in caskets on the border-points for the authorities to pick them up for burial in their respective countries. We can therefore see that the feudal leaders are using their citizens as pawns in their battle for supremacy.
Kagame and Museveni are doing this. It is not like only one fella is doing this. They are both doing it with their respective agencies. The numbers of deceased may vary and we can never know the whole total. As these leaders easily keeps things under wraps, unless they can humiliate and ridicule the other.
The latests tension and border closure of three years between only shows what sort of characters they are. These two are brothers of war. They won trust of each other in the battlefield and use their mind to get ahead of their enemies. Not like they made political gains by actually winning popularity.
We know recently the Kigali regime have been reported to be spying directly on people in Kampala. That is not surprising, but Kampala has also done the same to Kigali. Therefore, it is just a another twist of the tale. Clearly, the distrust and dishonest is continuing. The leaders cannot talk or make deals, which settles the stalemate. They don’t want to loose face and give way.
These are men who is used of burying their enemies. Kagame and Museveni have used military means in politics and their foes has had fatale endings. Even internal high ranking officials has lost their lives, because knew to much and they were afraid they would talk. That’s what sort of men these men are. Not only are targeting their enemies, but they can silence loyal friends too. If they have too… they are doing it and it usually poison or a “medical condition” even if all reports of these officials was healthy until the “final hour”. That’s why it will take a lot to get them talk and parley.
Certainly, the shadow games has to be addressed. The reasons for distrust and dishonesty has to severed and shared among them. They have to find measures and means to talk. The two has been able to wage several of wars. They know how each other operates and what objective they serves.
With that in mind… Kagame and Museveni should have all things ready. They could easily get the meals, the documents and their handlers on speed-dial. However, these two don’t want to humble themselves. They are demi-gods in their own domains. The brothers has become bigger than life and that’s why they cannot just discuss the matters. No, it has to be epic and a legendary end.
That’s why Kagame is sponsoring Arsenal and PSG. This is why Museveni is preparing Muhoozi and awaiting his oil to produced. Nevertheless, lives is at stake and these two doesn’t seem to care. These lives are disposable anyway. Just like their critics and their foes.
That’s why the ones who made each great and helped each other to become the “new breed” of leaders. Are now becoming old men with grudges. Who cannot forgive and forget. Neither can they show character or even courtesy. Instead they just show bloodlust and greed. As they are trying to figure out the next scheme to undermine each other. Peace.