Exclusive: Museveni Sends Adonia Ayebare to Meet Kagame

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Uganda’s top envoy to United Nations, Amb Adonia Ayebare last week traveled to Rwanda to meet with President Kagame, Chimp Corps can exclusively report.

Ayebare was seen at Kigali International Airport on Friday, March 5.

An airport official told this investigative website that Ayebare’s arrival caused tension at the airport.

Security officials paced up and down, making calls to their superiors.

This was after it was confirmed that Ayebare was not transiting through Kigali but had booked to stay in the city for two days. 

Most Ugandans have since stopped traveling to Rwanda due to the frosty relations between the two countries.

The souring of ties was caused by counter accusations of supporting armed movements in the region, espionage activities and trade wars.

“Yes, it’s true, Ayebare was here (in Rwanda) for a few days,” said a high ranking Rwandan official who preferred anonymity to speak freely.

Efforts to obtain a comment from Ayebare were yet to bear fruit as his known mobile phone number was unreachable on Saturday afternoon.

Ugandan officials said they were not aware of what Ayebare was doing in Rwanda.

However, another high profile source in Rwanda said Ayebare met with President Kagame this past weekend.

The source confirmed that Ayebare, who previously served as Uganda’s Ambassador to Rwanda, spent the weekend of March 5-7 in Kigali.

“Ayebare was carrying a message from President Museveni to Rwanda’s leader, Paul Kagame,” the source added.

Ayebare, returned to Uganda on March 7, according to aviation sources.

“Yes, Ayebare used Rwandair. He passed here (Entebbe International Airport) on Sunday (March  7),” the source revealed. 

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ChimpReports was yet to learn about the nature of message Museveni sent to Kagame.

Nevertheless, the development comes against the backdrop of intense behind-the-scenes diplomatic efforts to restore relations between the two countries.

Currently, Uganda plans to deploy troops to the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to secure areas where tarmac roads will be constructed to bolster bilateral trade and tourism.

Rwandan special forces are active in DRC where they are hunting down rebels seeking to destabilize President Kagame’s government.

It’s said the two countries’ have been teetering on the edge of an armed conflict which diplomats are working around the clock to avoid.

This is Amb Ayebare’s second trip to Rwanda in less than two years.

In December 2019, Ayebare met with Kagame at Urugwiro Village.

The Rwandan presidency said then that, “President Kagame held a positive meeting with Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, President Museveni’s Special Envoy, who traveled to Kigali with a message regarding the two countries’ relationship.”

Amb Adonia (L) with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali in December, 2019

The 57-year-old journalist-turned-diplomat has been quietly serving as President Museveni’s special envoy to Rwanda.

Ayebare is a brother of Uganda’s military intelligence Maj Gen Abel Kandiho, whom Kigali accuses of arresting and detaining Rwandan nationals.

Talks between Uganda and Rwanda had gained momentum until March 2020 when  the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in the region.

Both countries started accessing COVID-19 vaccines last week, raising the prospect of resuming negotiations to fully restore the bilateral relations.

Rwanda and Uganda have recorded a reduction in trade flows since February 27, 2019 when Kigali closed its common border with Uganda and blocked travels of its nationals to Uganda. 

Ayebare recently held a meeting with President Museveni and U.S. Ambassador, Natalie Brown in Rwakitura.

This meeting came at a time Uganda was facing international criticism over the pre-election violence in which scores were killed.

Source – ChimpReports

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