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Kagame sends Museveni to South Africa to Negotiate resumption of Relations.

Museveni in South Africa.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is back from South Africa where he has been on a three-day working visit. According to a press statement issued at the end of the visit, Museveni arrived in South Africa on August 1, 2011 for talks with his counterpart, Jacob Zuma, on issues affecting the African continent including the conflict in Somalia and Libya. Museveni was on another mission to negotiate for a resumption of diplomatic relations with Rwanda, according to well-informed sources.

During their meeting held in Pretoria the two presidents discussed the problem in Libya and how the Libyan people can resolve the current conflict through democratic means. The two presidents reiterated their commitment to help the Libyan people elect their own leaders through democratic elections. In a move to help resolve the Somali problem, Uganda and South Africa, will lead the efforts in organizing the “African Union Pledging Conference” in which African countries will pledge aid to the Somali people. The conference is scheduled on August 9, 2011.

News coming in confirm that after his recent visit to Rwanda Museveni had to fly to South Africa to share with president Zuma his discussions with president Kagame. Relations between Rwanda and South Africa deteriorated after an assassination attempt on Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa and Col Karegeya. The trial for key suspects, all Rwanda suspects sent by Kigali Intelligence agencies, is scheduled next week Monday. President Museveni also delivered Kagame’s request to South Africa to relocate Kayumba and Karegeya, key RPA officers who recently fell out with Kigali, to another non-African nation.
Umuvugizi has not yet established what president Zuma’s response was, but we shall follow up the story and give our readers details on the developments. Rwanda has been pressurizing South Africa through different diplomatic means to ensure the two officers are relocated from the African continent.

The Rwandan Justice minister Tarsis Karugarama recently disclosed to the South African media that relations between the two countries deteriorated after the attempted assassination on Gen Kayumba. The two countries recalled their ambassadors after the incident. It is not clear whether Kagame’s apparent humility through president Museveni will bear any fruits.

Political analysts concur that what president Kagame is doing may not yield results as expected unless he opens up to his opponents through dialogue.
Johnson, Europe.

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