Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta has separately met Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The impromptu bilateral meetings come on the heels of simmering diplomatic stand-off between Uganda and Rwanda. Kenyatta first went to Rwanda and held bilateral talks with Kagame at the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) Combat Training Center in Gabiro, Eastern Province where he is chairing the 16th National Leadership Retreat.
Kenyatta thereafter flew to Entebbe and met Museveni at State House. Museveni’s press secretary, Lindah Nabusayi tweeted at 7:22pm communicating the meeting. “President Museveni and Uhuru Kenyatta today held a meeting at State House Entebbe #BilateralRelations,” Nabusayi tweeted.
When contacted, she refused to divulge whether Kenyatta and Museveni discussed the snowballing diplomatic row between Uganda and Rwanda.
Rwanda, about two weeks ago closed its Gatuna border in Kabale district, reportedly to upgrade their one stop border post. The move, was, however construed as an attempt to slow down or stop entry of Ugandan goods in Rwanda. Both countries have continued to counter-accuse each other of plotting to destabilize one another.
Over the weekend on Saturday, both presidents warned that they were prepared to counter with might, those plotting against their countries.
Museveni while commissioning factories in Mbalala in Mukono district said that ”Uganda is now stable and I have said before that those who try to destabilise our country do not know our capacity. It is big. Once we mobilise, you cannot survive if you are a trouble-maker.”
With an almost immediate response, within hours Kagame said; ”When I hear somebody say ‘no one can destabilize our country,’ I agree. No one should actually be destabilizing that country, but that country should also not be destabilizing others. I think it is fair deal, isn’t? Yes, it is a fair statement that when you’re another country no-one can destabilize your country, I agree with it 100%. But in the same breadth, why should you be the one to destabilize other countries.”