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CHANGE OF GUARDS – There is one  significant aspect of the ongoing deteriorating relations between Uganda and Rwanda – Museveni admitting that he has links with Rwandan dissidents.   Almost all governments carry out intelligence led covert operations either against their enemies or in support of allies (both government and armed dissidents/political opposition).  It is a tradition for governments to vehemently deny their involvement when confronted by their domestic oversight bodies (parliament), regional blocks, media, donor community, CSOs and the UN.  Such denials are premised on the fact that the concerned state is confident that that there is no concrete evidence of its involvement. 

However, in the case of the Museveni – Rwanda relations, there is nowhere Museveni can hide his covert activities that Rwanda wouldn’t know.  Kagame used to be Museveni’s Intelligence Chief while his entire top Rwanda government structure is manned by people who once manned Uganda’s key government positions.  In 1995, Museveni granted Ugandan citizenship to all Rwandans in the world.  They have unrestricted access to any place, facility, service, rights and freedoms including freedom of information in Uganda.

During one of the series meetings mediated by the then British Foreign Secretary, Claire Short, Museveni was gravely humiliated when Kagame tabled indisputable facts backed by overwhelming concrete evidence of Uganda’s support for Rwandan dissidents.  Most embarrassing was the fact that such evidence was so detailed that it disclosed even the smallest details type of bedsheets and soap the dissidents were using in the Safe Houses.  Since then, Museveni learnt lessons and respects Kagame in that regard.  That’s why he ordered his lieutenants to shut up over the Rwanda -Uganda relations.  Therefore, by appearing to be bold and admission of his involvement, Museveni is trying to preempt the barrage of concrete evidence that Rwanda would make public.

Around December 2017, the Uganda Police intercepted a group of Rwandan dissident RNC recruits who were heading for training camps in Congo via Tanzania and Burundi.  They had been recruited by Museveni’s CMI working hand in hand with RNC agents in Ugandan
During a joint Press Conference with Kagame at State House in Entebbe in March 2018, Museveni admitted knowledge of the group.         
    “President Kagame gave me some facts which I followed up. A group of Banyarwanda was being recruited through Tanzania and Burundi to go to Congo. They said they were going for church work, but the work wasn’t exactly religious.”
This is the incident that compelled Museveni to fire his Police Chief, Gen. Kalekyezi and his team on grounds that they were serving Rwanda’s interests.

Around February 2019, a top Rwandan dissident leader,  Mukankusi was issued a Ugandan Passport No A00019997.  Three weeks later, on March 1, she travelled to Uganda and met Museveni at State House. Rwanda’s intelligence services leaked the pictures of the said Uganda passport to the media forcing Museveni to write a panicky letter to Kagame.  The March 10 letter was delivered to the Rwanda Embassy on March 19.  The eight days imply that the letter was simply backdated to look as if it was older than the media leakage of Mukankusi’s passport.
In the said preemptive letter, Museveni wrote in part:
      “I am writing to let you know that by accident, I, at last, had a meeting with a Rwandan who admitted to being a member of the group you told me about – Rwanda National Congress (RNC),” reads part of Museveni letter to Kagame.
“This is a lady known as Mukankusi, whom, I am sure you know……………..she said she wanted me to know bad things that were happening in Rwanda. She further told me that she had joined the RNC to resist Your Excellency’s Government and she wanted us to support them.”

On April 13, 2006 Rwanda’s state owned, the New Times ran the headline: “Uganda silent on Murwanashyaka illegal passport.” The paper revealed it wasn’t only Murwanashyaka mysteriously possessing a Ugandan travel document. Other FDLR rebels mentioned were Hyacinth Rafiki and Major Wallace Nsengiyunva.  Uganda’s independent daily, The Monitor on 15 May 2006 ran a story under the headline, “Who gave Rwandan rebels Ugandan passports?” The story said one of the rebels with the passports was FDLR leader (at the time) Ignace Murwanashyaka. The highly embarrassing matter was simply swept under the carpet.


—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: December 02, 2019 at 12:49PM

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