By Andrew Irumba
Entebbe: President Yoweri Museveni is back home at the conclusion of a 2-day official visit to South Africa, during which he joined other Heads of State and Government for the inaugural and swearing-in ceremony of Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa as the 6th democratically elected President of the Republic of South Africa. The colourful ceremony took place at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria yesterday. Presidency Minister, Hon. Esther Mbayo and Head of Public Service, Mr. John Mitala, among others, received the President on arrival at Entebbe International Airport earlier today.
President Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame joined other heads of state and governments at Ramaphosa’s inauguration ceremony. Coincidentally Museveni and Kagame, who have both been preaching integration, found themselves sitting next to each other in Pretoria and spending the best part of the occasion comfortably chatting away. The sitting arrangement placed Museveni next to Kagame, perhaps preconceived to enable the two leaders to make grounds for dialogue after months of escalating bilateral tension. The meeting is President Museveni and Kagame’s first in about year. Earlier Saturday, the Uganda Police had released a statement pinning Rwandan soldiers for killing two people in Rukiga District at the Uganda – Rwanda border. Alex Nyesiga, a Uganda and a Rwandan only identified as Nyengye were shot dead 80 metres inside Uganda territory.
Police Spokesman Fred Enanga said the Rwandan national was attempting to smuggle goods back to Rwanda when the soldiers pursued and shot him dead. The Ugandan was also killed after he tried to intervene. Rwanda accuses South Africa and Uganda of hosting dissidents hostile to Kigali and because of that Kagame closed Rwanda’s borders with Uganda on February 28, 2019. They remain closed to date.