Uganda and Rwanda have signed an Agreement in the Angolan capital Luanda, the agreement which was signed by Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni will see the two countries take steps to improve their strained relationship.
The strain in this relationship has thrown a spanner in the work of the East African community where Mr Kagame is Chairman,
President Joao Lourenco of Angola chaired the meeting, and it was also be attended by the Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, Denis Sassou Ngueso of Congo Brazaville.
Sources say Uganda and Rwanda committed to end their wrangles, and the agreement will see Rwanda reopen its border in Gatuna, which had been closed to the Ugandan cargo trucks.
In Uganda, businesses near the border with Rwanda have registered losses while the price of goods is reported to have increased.
In February, Rwanda closed Gatuna border post to cargo trucks. But the border remained open for other small cars and buses.
The leadership in Rwanda explained that they were constructing a one-stop border post at Gatuna.
They, however, restricted Rwandans from entering Uganda after claiming that Uganda was a hostile country.
Mr Kagame was one of the soldiers in the war that brought Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni to power 33 years ago, and served as a an intelligence chief in Uganda’s government before helping Rwandan Tutsi refugees return home by means of force in a liberation war that saw his Rwanda Patriotic Army end the Genocide against the Tutsi, and overthrow the Genocidal government in Rwanda.