Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame has received letters of credence from the new Ambassador of Uganda to Rwanda, Maj Gen (Rtd) Robert Rusoke.

Rusoke, on Friday last week, presented copies of his Credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Rwanda, Vincent Biruta.

They discussed ways to deepen bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries as well as Rwanda’s readiness for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The two expressed their desire and commitment to work together as brothers and sisters in strengthening historical cordial bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries.

President Yoweri Museveni last year in December, appointed the retired senior army officer as Uganda’s Ambassador to Rwanda. Prior the appointment, he had served as Uganda’s Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan since 2012.

He also occupied the position of the Joint Chief of Staff of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) between 2005 and 2012.

Rusoke’s biggest task now lies in strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries which are steadily normalizing after nearly three years of being frosty.

In February 2019, Rwanda partially closed its common border with Uganda, and issued a travel advisory to its citizens against traveling to Uganda.

The standoff escalated dramatically in March when Rwanda publicly accused Uganda of abducting its citizens and supporting rebels bent on overthrowing the government, allegations Uganda refuted.

It took the intervention of Uganda’s Commander Land Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to travel to Kigali and engage President Kagame earlier this year, leading to the reopening of border posts and resumption of cross border trade.

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...

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