You can wonder sometimes… if blood is so important that state affairs and diplomatic agencies loose all values. Because, the Government of Uganda has a Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it has a diplomatic corpse in Kigali and has a Ministry of Interior, which all could have enforced and ensure protocol on the matter. However, the GoU sent Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga, the first son of the President and Commander of the Land Forces in the National Army to represent and negotiate with the Rwandan President Paul Kagame. That says it all… and that’s brazen, if anything.
The National Resistance Movement, the State House and the whole “yes-men” will call it an achievement and proclaim whatever the son of the old man with the hat brings home. He could have brought stray-cats from Kigali and they would called him an environmentalist. However, there is no joint-communique or joint statement on the matter. None of the parties have let out much information, if any of substance.
Rwandan Government friendly press New Times states this about the meeting: “Details of the meeting between the two were not immediately made public but the Office of the President described the talks as cordial and productive. “President Kagame and General Muhoozi Kainerugaba had cordial, productive and forward looking discussions about Rwanda’s concerns and practical steps needed to restore the relationship between Rwanda and Uganda,” according to Presidency” (Edwin Ashimwe – ‘Kagame, Gen. Muhoozi discuss mending Rwanda-Uganda ties’ 23.01.2022, New Times Rwanda).
While the Ugandan Newspaper Daily Monitor reported this: “However, following his one-day working visit to Rwanda on Saturday to meet President Paul Kagame in what seems to mark warming relations between the neighbouring countries after years of tension, Lt Gen Kainerugaba who doubles as UPDF Commander Land Forces said Pte Arinda had been released” (Job Bwire – ‘Rwanda releases SFC soldier after Muhoozi’s visit’ 22.01.2022, Daily Monitor Uganda).
This shows that both nations are happy with the meeting, but the ties are not totally mended. We know the Rwandan government have come with clear stipulations to open up border and get back on good terms. However, even with the former meetings and negotiations it hasn’t gotten further.
What is only proof of goodwill is the return of a Ugandan repatriated after being arrested a few month ago. The challenge now… is to use the momentum and continue the talks. Since, the parties and neither state has shown true progress. If there was any progression, the would be a written communique or a statement saying something. There would be a possible Memorandum of Understanding to work to a new diplomatic agreement. However, that seems far away…
The first son can bring home a soldier, which has belonged to a unit and outfit, which he used to be commander of. Therefore, he can boost his ego and make himself look smart. However, that meant nothing to Kagame. Only a few positive headlines, which he didn’t pay anything for. While he gave no way or indicated for changes. As the stalemate and tensions aren’t resolved. That’s because the parties, presidents and authorities haven’t given way to each other.
Lt. Gen. Muhoozi wants to be seen as a diplomat and politician, capable of the big-league, but this meeting hasn’t proven that. The only thing this has proven, is that he can take a few snaps and return home nearly empty-handed. The release of a SFC soldier isn’t anything in the greater scheme of things. There been people wrongly arrested on both sides of the dispute, which has been dumped on the borders to return home. That has been the practice of both parties over the last few years and this isn’t changing anytime soon. Especially, when anyone becomes a dissident in Kampala, they are easily being maligned to counter espionage for Kigali. So, as long as this is happening. We know the things aren’t changing or becoming for the better.
Muhoozi couldn’t win this one and Kagame wouldn’t let him either. That would infuriate the elites and be a shallow one. Therefore, maybe it was for the better, that they only got a token of goodwill and the real diplomats can resolve the issues between them. Since, this was just a publicity stunt to boost the ego of an aspiring son of the President for Life in Kampala. Peace.
Ambassador Olivier Nduhungirehe was yesterday sacked by President Paul Kagame. This was done because he was showing sympathy to the wrong person inside the Republic. He was showing sympathy to Victorie Ingabire. That is apparently not something that is feasible in the Republic.
However, while his in Office. He can be a cog in the machine, stop the negotiations with relations to Uganda. He could spark tensions in 2018 with High Ranking officials in South Africa. Could lie about food distribution in March 2020. But, show sympathy towards an opposition leader. That is clearly a cardinal sin.
Last year he could rant about the Ugandans treatment of Rwandan citizens there. That was cool, while the states was in the midst of negotiations and conducting meetings to resolve the stalemate between the nations. That was okay in 2019. Just like it was okay to say things that backfires in 2018. Clearly, he was allowed to say whatever, rant out and speak his mind. Until, he showed sympathy towards the wrong person.
So, the President and his handlers should handout a memo to his Cabinet, his MPs and everyone whose in High Ranking Officials. To clear the air. Ensure they know his mindset and his rigorous rules. Because, everyone with some sense rants a bit now and then. Maybe, not at a platform or public as the Ambassador.
Still, they might talk and show some grace towards someone, which isn’t a friend and hostile pundit of the President. If, they do, they might get fired to like him. That is why the President and his team needs to write up this. To ensure the policy and the protocol for the actions. Since, no one wants to be fired for showing some mercy and speaking positive about someone who has been treated hostile by the authorities.
Therefore, we could clearly see that the Ambassador was allowed to do a lot. HE could say a lot and act a fool. However, today in 2020 he couldn’t speak in a gentle manner about a real opposition to the President. That is a sin and that hurt the pride of the President.
If you do that, expect retaliation or retribution. Peace.