The efforts of President Yoweri Museveni to reconcile his Rwandan and Tanzanian counterparts has reaped some fruits as the two managed to shake hands and pose for a photo at the recently concluded International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) meeting in Kampala.
Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete has also recently asked his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni to mediate in the ongoing spat between him and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
Kikwete had earlier on fallen apart with the Kigali government after uttering disgracing comments about Rwanda’s relationship with renegade genocide fugitives who have regrouped in the DRC under the FDLR rebels movement.
Kikwete said that Rwanda needs to negotiate with the FDLR rebels as lasting solution to the regional conflict; however the Kigali government reacted saying that no negotiations with the rebels who have committed crimes against humanity and should be instead brought to justice.
While in Kampala, the two leaders met indoors at the seventh extraordinary summit of the Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) on the DRC crisis.
Though there was no official divulge on the details of the meeting, the Rwandan presidents offices described the meeting as productive, and the two actually shook hands and smiled after the closed meeting.
In the meantime, leaders of the Great Lakes region have managed to successfully compel President Joseph Kabila to agree to a halt in fighting the M23 Movement, breathing new life into efforts of finding a long-lasting, homegrown and political solution to the crisis in eastern DRC