Some parts of Kigali, Rwanda’s Capital, were agog on Thursday as hundreds of people gathered on streets to provide a heroic welcome to President Yoweri Museveni who is in Rwanda to participate in the 26th edition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM).

Museveni left Kampala around midday through Katuna-Gatuna border post where he briefly interacted which the locals who were excitedly gathered to catch a glimpse of him before continuing to Kigali.

In Kigali, hundreds cheered him on as they stood by the roadside and balconies of tall buildings. They enchanted him with words of praise and joyfully waved as his convoy passed by.

This is the first time President Museveni has visited Rwanda since the relations between Uganda and Rwanda deteriorated to an all time low when Rwanda closed the border accusing Uganda of hosting its enemies and torturing Rwandans among others, allegations Uganda denied.

The governments of Uganda and Rwanda have since been working back and forth to settle their differences. Various face to face meetings have been held to fix the problem.

The arrival in Kigali recently of Lt.Gen. Muhoozi Keinerugaba the Commander of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) at the start of this year offered hope to people of the two countries.

His visit and eventual private discussion with President Paul Kagame resulted in the opening of the border to the excitement of peoples in both countries.

In April this year, President Paul Kagame travelled to Uganda invited to attend the official birthday celebrations of Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba.

This year’s Summit will mark many firsts – the first CHOGM since the world was forever changed by the pandemic, the first CHOGM to be held in Africa in 15 years, and the first CHOGM to take place in a country with no colonial links to the United Kingdom.

The 2022 CHOGM edition takes place at a time the world is grappling with a host of challenges, including the pandemic and the recovery effort, as well as wars and rising cost of living.

In fact, the Summit is happening after two postponements due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

These are challenges that call for bold global leadership and an inclusive, honest conversation among government leaders, private sector, civil society and citizens, and Commonwealth populations will be hoping their representatives at the gathering will deeply engage and interact around these issues with a sense of purpose.

Given the current global context, this year’s Meeting could not have a more apt theme, with discussions running around, ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’.

This reflects the acknowledgment by Commonwealth leaders that the bloc, which brings together some 2.5 billion people from 54 countries, has a key role to play in finding solutions to the most pressing world problems, ranging from climate change, youth unemployment and inequality to health crises, unsustainable debt, and extremism and violence.

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam is an experienced Ugandan multimedia Journalist with a background of fact checking and thorough research. He is very passionate about current African affairs particularly Horn of Africa. He...

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *