Museveni speaks out on supporting Rwandan rebel leader Nyamwasa

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President Museveni has distanced Uganda from supporting exiled Rwandan dissident, Lt Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa, as alleged by Rwanda, but pledged to investigate the matter further.

The President was addressing a gathering in Kabale District on Friday evening, shortly after his meeting with Gen Paul Kagame, his Rwandan counterpart, at the no-man’s land at the Katuna/Gatuna border point.

The meeting was facilitated by presidents João Lourenço of Angola and Felix Tshesikedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

“I was at the border attending a meeting but an issue was raised that Uganda harbours people that support [Lt Gen] Kayumba Nyamwasa. We agreed to investigate the matter, although it is not true that Uganda harbours such people,” President Museveni told residents who had waited since morning to hear of the outcome of the talks.

Lt Gen Nyamwasa, who has declared intention to fight the government of Rwanda, is currently in exile in South Africa.

He joined Uganda’s army in 1986, shortly after President Museveni had come to power, and served in it together with Mr Kagame until 1990, when they launched a war of their own against the then government in Rwanda.

When they took over power after the 1994 genocide, Lt Gen Kayumba gained influence in the establishment, rising to become Chief of Staff in the Rwandan army and head of intelligence.

He was later posted to represent Rwanda in India as ambassador before he fell out with the Kagame regime and took refuge in South Africa.

He declared that he had founded and outfit named the Rwanda National Congress (RNC) and in 2010, he survived an assassination attempt on his life in South Africa.


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